Authors The Lamest Authors of All Time  

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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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1,693 436
Stephenie Meyer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse

2
1,373 224
E. L. James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
nebosoapco added Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed - Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed   

3
1,178 424
L. Ron Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, Battlefield Earth

4
909 647
Ayn Rand is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, The Fountainhead

5
530 321
Michael Moore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
FoggyEye added Bowling for Columbine, Sicko, Roger & Me

6
734 474
Ann Coulter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America, If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans

7
602 370
Rush Limbaugh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
jschro1861 added The Way Things Ought to Be, See, I Told You So

8
528 329
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Gallowayism added A Charge to Keep, In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, Decision Points

9
566 284
Nicholas Sparks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
The Last Song, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember

10
528 233
Glenn Beck is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
jschro1861 added An Inconvenient Book, Arguing with Idiots, The Overton Window

11
587 468
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added Dreams from My Father, The Audacity of Hope, Change We Can Believe In

12
258 92
Zane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added Purple Panties, Dear G-Spot: Straight Talk About Sex and Love, The heat seekers

13
444 219
Bill O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added Killing Lincoln, Culture Warrior, Those Who Trespass

14
344 187
Joseph Stalin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Endrata4789 added On the great patriotic war of the Soviet union, Correspondence Between Stalin, Roosevelt

15
530 495
Karl Marx is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
jschro1861 added The Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital, The Poverty of Philosophy

16
260 86
George Soros is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Endrata4789 added The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crash of 2008 and What It Means, The Bubble of American Supremacy: Correcting the Misuse of American Power, The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Open Society Endangered

17
653 673
Dan Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, The Lost Symbol

18
365 170
Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
It Takes a Village, Dear Socks, Dear Buddy

19
674 556
Adolf Hitler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Mein Kampf, Zweites Buch, The Complete Hitler: A Digital Desktop Reference to His Speeches & Proclamations 1932-1945

20
387 303
James Patterson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Kiss the Girls, Violets Are Blue, 7th Heaven

21
292 315
Dean Koontz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Phantoms, Phantoms, Watchers

22
251 178
Nora Roberts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Irish Thoroughbred, Sweet revenge, Spellbound

23
106 34
Al Sharpton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added Man Behind the Sound Bite, Go and tell Pharaoh, The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership

24
186 151
Terry Goodkind is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Wizard's First Rule, The Sword of Truth, Boxed Set I

25
79 26
Daniel Cohen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Richesse du monde, pauvretés des nations, Globalization and its enemies

26
111 30
Lena Dunham is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added Tiny Furniture, Nobody Walks, Not That Kind of Girl

27
104 102
Karl Popper is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Endrata4789 added The Logic of Scientific Discovery, The lesson of this century, Truth

28
137 123
Sam Harris is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Gallowayism added The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape

29
193 167
Mitch Albom is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Tuesdays with Morrie, La Dernier Lecon / Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

30
86 52
George Noory is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added Worker in the Light

31
104 110
John Knowles is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
A Separate Peace, Spark Notes A Separate Peace, Phineas

32
271 410
Tom Clancy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears, Without Remorse

33
93 30
Mike Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added The Poetics of Cities, Synthesis, architecture

34
78 49
Camille Paglia is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
PEES added Sexual Personae, The Birds, Sex

35
88 57
Al Gore is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added An Inconvenient Truth, An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It, Masters of the Wired World: cyberspace speaks out

36
229 147
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Gallowayism added A World Transformed: The Collapse of the Soviet Empire, The Unification of Germany, Tiananmen Square

37
114 52
James Redfield is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
The Celestine Prophecy, The Celestine Prophecy, The Secret of Shambhala: In Search of the Eleventh Insight

38
144 131
Sidney Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Easter Parade, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, Annie Get Your Gun

39
69 48
Beverly Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
DionneDenise added The edge of dawn, The edge of midnight, Something like love

40
113 66
Keith Olbermann is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
muzziac added The Worst Person in the World

41
74 30
Bob Larson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Trioxin245 added Satanism, The Best Tool You Can Buy, Larson's Book of World Religions and Alternative Spirituality

42
156 120
Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Religulous, When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden, But I'm Not Wrong

43
242 385
Anne Rice is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, The Queen of the Damned, Interview with the Vampire

44
230 433
George R. R. Martin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added A Game of Thrones, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons

45
172 135
V. C. Andrews is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Flowers in the Attic, Melody, Dawn

46
82 94
Alice Sebold is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
CrabbyPatty added The Lovely Bones, Lucky, Bookclub-in-a-Box Discusses The Lovely Bones

47
142 111
Joseph Smith, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Trioxin245 added The Joseph Smith Papers: Journals, Volume 1, 1832-1839

48
133 150
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Gallowayism added Richard Nixon: Speeches, Writings, Documents

49
135 123
Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added My Horizontal Life, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me

50
52 31
Judith Butler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
T_Arrows added Contingency, Hegemony, Universality