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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1,759 448
Stephenie Meyer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse

2
1,431 234
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
1,219 446
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
940 675
Ayn Rand is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, The Fountainhead

5
562 334
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
759 492
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
626 390
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
547 344
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
584 302
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
549 244
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
615 497
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
269 100
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
463 234
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
370 202
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
559 518
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
276 96
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
679 687
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
709 573
Adolf Hitler is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
395 187
Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
It Takes a Village, Dear Socks, Dear Buddy

20
408 312
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
303 325
Dean Koontz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Phantoms, Phantoms, Watchers

22
257 183
Nora Roberts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Irish Thoroughbred, Sweet revenge, Spellbound

23
122 37
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
130 33
Lena Dunham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added Tiny Furniture, Nobody Walks, Not That Kind of Girl

25
190 154
Terry Goodkind is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Wizard's First Rule, The Sword of Truth, Boxed Set I

26
81 27
Daniel Cohen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Richesse du monde, pauvretés des nations, Globalization and its enemies

27
108 104
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
141 129
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
196 172
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 53
George Noory is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added Worker in the Light

31
104 112
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
100 65
Al Gore is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
277 420
Tom Clancy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears, Without Remorse

34
93 31
Mike Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added The Poetics of Cities, Synthesis, architecture

35
81 56
Camille Paglia is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
PEES added Sexual Personae, The Birds, Sex

36
232 151
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
117 53
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
124 68
Keith Olbermann is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
muzziac added The Worst Person in the World

39
167 123
Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Religulous, When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden, But I'm Not Wrong

40
147 136
Sidney Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Easter Parade, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, Annie Get Your Gun

41
71 49
Beverly Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
DionneDenise added The edge of dawn, The edge of midnight, Something like love

42
75 31
Bob Larson is listed (or ranked) 42 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

43
251 392
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
237 456
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
141 126
Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added My Horizontal Life, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me

46
83 96
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
147 118
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
175 141
V. C. Andrews is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Flowers in the Attic, Melody, Dawn

49
137 155
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Gallowayism added Richard Nixon: Speeches, Writings, Documents

50
53 32
Judith Butler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
T_Arrows added Contingency, Hegemony, Universality