Birmingham facts film is YouTube hit
2 January 2014 Last updated at 19:59 GMT
Thomas the Tank Engine and Sherlock Holmes are just a couple of the more surprising literary characters with Birmingham connections.
A film maker who is so fed up with the stereotypical way his home city is portrayed has made a movie to prove there are 100 reasons - including its literary legacy - to love Birmingham.
Sarah Falkland spoke to Steve Rainbow about his film, More Canals Than Venice, and found out how much Birmingham residents know about the city.