The Lamest Authors of All Time

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List Criteria: Author of any work of fiction

There are always going be writers (and books) some folks just don't like. Books, and the skills of the people who write them, are definitely at the mercy of a person's subjective opinion. However, there are some writers most of us can pretty much agree are just not very good writers. Sure, the writers on this list have attained popularity and success (somehow), but for a lot of people that fact is one of the mysteries of the universe. This is a list of the people whose qualities as writers are hotly debated... a bad writers list.

A collection of people who wrote books that may have been published and sold in large quantities... but whose talents seem questionable. They are the worst writers of all time, at least according to some people. Who are the worst authors of all time? Vote for your most hated and rank them as you see fit. Make sure to add anyone you think deserves to be included on this bad authors list. Many of these writers are among the worst American authors (but this list includes writers from any country) and a few have even written some of the worst novels of all time.

So who are the worst authors? It's up to you to decide which of these horrible writers truly is the absolute worst of all time.
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    Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse

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    EL James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time

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    EL James Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed   

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    L. Ron Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time


    L. Ron Hubbard Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science, Dianetics: The Modern Science of ...

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    Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, The Fountainhead

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    George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time

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    George W. Bush A Charge to Keep, In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, Decision ...

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    Bowling for Columbine, Sicko, Roger & Me

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    Glenn Beck is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time

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    Glenn Beck An Inconvenient Book, Arguing with Idiots, The Overton Window

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    The Last Song, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember

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    Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America, If ...

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    Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time

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    Barack Obama Dreams from My Father, The Audacity of Hope, Change We Can Believe In

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    Purple Panties, Dear G-Spot: Straight Talk About Sex and Love, The heat ...

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    Rush Limbaugh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time

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    Rush Limbaugh The Way Things Ought to Be, See, I Told You So

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    Bill O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time

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    Bill O'Reilly Killing Lincoln, Culture Warrior, Those Who Trespass

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    Joseph Stalin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time

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    Joseph Stalin On the great patriotic war of the Soviet union, Correspondence Between ...

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    The Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital, The Poverty of Philosophy

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    The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crash of 2008 and What ...

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    James Patterson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time


    James Patterson Kiss the Girls, Violets Are Blue, 7th Heaven

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    Dan Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time


    Dan Brown The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, The Lost Symbol

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    Dean Koontz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time


    Dean Koontz Phantoms, Phantoms, Watchers

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    Irish Thoroughbred, Sweet revenge, Spellbound

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    Mein Kampf, Zweites Buch, The Complete Hitler: A Digital Desktop Reference ...

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    Wizard's First Rule, The Sword of Truth, Boxed Set I

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    George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time

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    George H. W. Bush A World Transformed: The Collapse of the Soviet Empire, The Unification of ...

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    The Logic of Scientific Discovery, The lesson of this century, Truth

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    Tuesdays with Morrie, La Dernier Lecon / Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five ...

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    A Separate Peace, Spark Notes A Separate Peace, Phineas

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    The Poetics of Cities, Synthesis, architecture

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    Sam Harris is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time

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    Sam Harris The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape

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    Tom Clancy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time


    Tom Clancy Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears, Without Remorse

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    Richesse du monde, pauvretés des nations, Globalization and its enemies ...

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    Flowers in the Attic, Melody, Dawn

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    It Takes a Village, Dear Socks, Dear Buddy

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    George Noory is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time

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    George Noory Worker in the Light

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    The Celestine Prophecy, The Celestine Prophecy, The Secret of Shambhala: ...

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    The edge of dawn, The edge of midnight, Something like love

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    The Lovely Bones, Lucky, Bookclub-in-a-Box Discusses The Lovely Bones

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    Jerry B. Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time


    Jerry B. Jenkins Armageddon, Desecration, Assassins

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    Camille Paglia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time

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    Camille Paglia Sexual Personae, The Birds, Sex

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    Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, The Queen of the ...

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    Easter Parade, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, Annie Get Your Gun

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    Communion, Best of the Borderlands, Communion

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    George R. R. Martin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time

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    George R. R. Martin A Game of Thrones, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons

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    The Case for Christ, The Case for a Creator, Experimente la pasion de ...

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    Clive Cussler is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time


    Clive Cussler Raise the Titanic, Treasure, Skeleton Coast

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    John Grisham is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time


    John Grisham The Firm, A Time to Kill, The Firm

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    Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time

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    Richard Nixon Richard Nixon: Speeches, Writings, Documents

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    My Friends Are Dying!, 180, Thanks a Million!

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    Religulous, When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden, But I'm Not Wrong ...

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    Satanism, The Best Tool You Can Buy, Larson's Book of World Religions and ...

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    The execution of Major Andre, Gospel of John, The Night Casey Was Born

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