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The Lamest Authors of All Time

Updated July 24, 2020 71.9k votes 11.1k voters 161.2k views99 items

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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 consisted of poor authors, people who need to practice writing, or undeserving famous novelists.

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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  • 26
    James Redfield
    140
    72

    James Redfield

    The Celestine Prophecy, The Celestine Prophecy
  • 27
    Hal Lindsey
    70
    36

    Hal Lindsey

    Vanished into Thin Air, The Greatest Works of Hal Lindsey

    The Late Great Planet Earth

  • 28
    Rupi Kaur
    91
    36

    Rupi Kaur

    Poet

    Milk & Honey, The Sun and All her Flowers. Commendably politically-correct, but lacks depth. Simply bad poetry, basically a published collection of tumblr writing.

  • 29
    Hillary Clinton
    970
    624

    Hillary Clinton

    It Takes a Village, Dear Socks
  • 30
    Lee Strobel
    133
    93

    Lee Strobel

    The Case for Christ, The Case for a Creator
  • 31
    Zane
    368
    347

    Zane

    Purple Panties, Dear G-Spot: Straight Talk About Sex and Love
  • 32
    Saul Alinsky
    109
    67

    Saul Alinsky

    Rules for Radicals, Reveille for Radicals
  • 33
    Nora Roberts
    320
    277

    Nora Roberts

    Irish Thoroughbred, Sweet revenge
  • 34
    Bill Clinton
    147
    69

    Bill Clinton

    My Life, Between Hope and History
  • 35
    87
    29

    Anthony Robbins

    Ebony power thoughts , Giant steps
  • 36
    James Patterson
    556
    578

    James Patterson

    Kiss the Girls, Violets Are Blue
  • 37
    Danielle Steel
    45
    10

    Danielle Steel

    Mirror Image, Jewels
  • 38
    Jerry B. Jenkins
    104
    74

    Jerry B. Jenkins

    Armageddon, Desecration
  • 39
    Daniel Cohen
    112
    77

    Daniel Cohen

    Richesse du monde, pauvretés des nations
  • 40
    Whitley Strieber
    92
    67

    Whitley Strieber

    Communion, Best of the Borderlands
  • 41
    William Lane Craig
    53
    36

    William Lane Craig

    The cosmological argument from Plato to Leibniz, Theism
  • 42
    V. C. Andrews
    172
    157

    V. C. Andrews

    Flowers in the Attic, Melody
  • 43
    Ayn Rand
    1,282
    1,492

    Ayn Rand

    Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead
  • 44
    Sidney Sheldon
    157
    151

    Sidney Sheldon

    Easter Parade, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
  • 45
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    29
    7
  • 46
    Beverly Jenkins
    77
    63

    Beverly Jenkins

    The edge of dawn, The edge of midnight
  • 47
    Sam Harris
    249
    267

    Sam Harris

    The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation
  • 48
    George Noory
    102
    92

    George Noory

    Worker in the Light
  • 49
    Chetan Bhagat
    57
    28

    Chetan Bhagat

    Hello, Brothers for Life
  • 50
    Rachel Maddow
    139
    104

    Rachel Maddow

    Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power