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

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

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1,168 422
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 Mental Health, Battlefield Earth

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

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526 316
Michael Moore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
FoggyEye added Michael Moore Bowling for Columbine, Sicko, Roger & Me

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727 470
Ann Coulter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Ann Coulter Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America, If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans

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597 367
Rush Limbaugh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
jschro1861 added Rush Limbaugh The Way Things Ought to Be, See, I Told You So

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523 327
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Gallowayism added George W. Bush A Charge to Keep, In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, Decision Points

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

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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added Barack Obama Dreams from My Father, The Audacity of Hope, Change We Can Believe In

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Glenn Beck is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
jschro1861 added Glenn Beck An Inconvenient Book, Arguing with Idiots, The Overton Window

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

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Bill O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added 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
Endrata4789 added Joseph Stalin On the great patriotic war of the Soviet union, Correspondence Between Stalin, Roosevelt

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525 489
Karl Marx is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
jschro1861 added Karl Marx The Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital, The Poverty of Philosophy

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254 85
George Soros is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Endrata4789 added George Soros 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

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

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Adolf Hitler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Adolf Hitler Mein Kampf, Zweites Buch, The Complete Hitler: A Digital Desktop Reference to His Speeches & Proclamations 1932-1945

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356 168
Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Hillary Clinton It Takes a Village, Dear Socks, Dear Buddy

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

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291 311
Dean Koontz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Dean Koontz Phantoms, Phantoms, Watchers

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

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Terry Goodkind is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Terry Goodkind Wizard's First Rule, The Sword of Truth, Boxed Set I

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Al Sharpton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added Al Sharpton Man Behind the Sound Bite, Go and tell Pharaoh, The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership

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

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Karl Popper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Endrata4789 added Karl Popper The Logic of Scientific Discovery, The lesson of this century, Truth

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Lena Dunham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added Lena Dunham Tiny Furniture, Nobody Walks, Not That Kind of Girl

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135 121
Sam Harris is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Gallowayism added Sam Harris The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape

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193 166
Mitch Albom is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Mitch Albom Tuesdays with Morrie, La Dernier Lecon / Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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85 51
George Noory is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added George Noory Worker in the Light

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

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Camille Paglia is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
PEES added Camille Paglia Sexual Personae, The Birds, Sex

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Tom Clancy is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Mike Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added Mike Greenberg The Poetics of Cities, Synthesis, architecture

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84 56
Al Gore is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added Al Gore 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

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

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

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

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

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Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Bill Maher Religulous, When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden, But I'm Not Wrong

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72 30
Bob Larson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Trioxin245 added Bob Larson Satanism, The Best Tool You Can Buy, Larson's Book of World Religions and Alternative Spirituality

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110 66
Keith Olbermann is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
muzziac added Keith Olbermann The Worst Person in the World

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

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228 430
George R. R. Martin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added George R. R. Martin A Game of Thrones, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons

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Alice Sebold is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
CrabbyPatty added Alice Sebold The Lovely Bones, Lucky, Bookclub-in-a-Box Discusses The Lovely Bones

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V. C. Andrews is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
V. C. Andrews Flowers in the Attic, Melody, Dawn

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133 150
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Gallowayism added Richard Nixon Richard Nixon: Speeches, Writings, Documents

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139 111
Joseph Smith, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
Trioxin245 added Joseph Smith, Jr. The Joseph Smith Papers: Journals, Volume 1, 1832-1839

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52 31
Judith Butler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
T_Arrows added Judith Butler Contingency, Hegemony, Universality

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Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
bjr24 added Chelsea Handler My Horizontal Life, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me