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The Lamest Authors of All Time

Updated July 24, 2020 71.9k votes 11.1k voters 161.1k 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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  • 1
    Ann Coulter
    1,515
    829

    Ann Coulter

    Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America, If Democrats Had Any Brains
  • 2
    Rush Limbaugh
    1,194
    643

    Rush Limbaugh

    The Way Things Ought to Be, See
  • 3
    Glenn Beck
    969
    516

    Glenn Beck

    An Inconvenient Book, Arguing with Idiots
  • 4
    Kevin Trudeau
    249
    53

    Kevin Trudeau

    The Weight-Loss Cure "They" Don't Want You to Know About, Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You to Know About
  • 5
    Bill O'Reilly
    999
    545

    Bill O'Reilly

    Killing Lincoln, Culture Warrior
  • 6
    Ray Comfort
    171
    50

    Ray Comfort

    My Friends Are Dying!, 180
  • 7
    Bob Larson
    199
    74

    Bob Larson

    Satanism, The Best Tool You Can Buy
  • 8
    Joseph Smith, Jr.
    305
    141

    Joseph Smith, Jr.

    The Joseph Smith Papers: Journals, Volume 1
  • 9
    EL James
    2,415
    1,365

    EL James

    Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker
    Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed 
     
     
  • 10
    L. Ron Hubbard
    1,929
    1,335

    L. Ron Hubbard

    Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health
  • 11
    Al Sharpton
    363
    207

    Al Sharpton

    Man Behind the Sound Bite, Go and tell Pharaoh
  • 12
    Stephenie Meyer
    2,426
    1,821

    Stephenie Meyer

    Twilight, New Moon
  • 13
    Keith Olbermann
    292
    140

    Keith Olbermann

    The Worst Person in the World
  • 14
    Richard Nixon
    289
    172

    Richard Nixon

    Richard Nixon: Speeches, Writings
  • 15
    Chelsea Handler
    302
    154

    Chelsea Handler

    My Horizontal Life, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang
  • 16
    Joseph Stalin
    886
    643

    Joseph Stalin

    On the great patriotic war of the Soviet union, Correspondence Between Stalin
  • 17
    George H. W. Bush
    379
    238

    George H. W. Bush

    A World Transformed: The Collapse of the Soviet Empire, The Unification of Germany
  • 18
    Adolf Hitler
    1,265
    943

    Adolf Hitler

    Mein Kampf, Zweites Buch
  • 19
    D. B. Weiss
    5,126
    232

    D. B. Weiss

    Halo, Lucky Wander Boy
  • 20
    Mike Greenberg
    161
    67

    Mike Greenberg

    The Poetics of Cities, Synthesis
  • 21
    David Benioff
    5,086
    244

    David Benioff

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Troy
  • 22
    George W. Bush
    952
    721

    George W. Bush

    A Charge to Keep, In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir
  • 23
    Pope Innocent III
    130
    60

    Pope Innocent III

    Stabat Mater
  • 24
    Lena Dunham
    550
    234

    Lena Dunham

    Tiny Furniture, Nobody Walks
  • 25
    Nicholas Sparks
    758
    630

    Nicholas Sparks

    The Last Song, The Notebook