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The Lamest Authors of All Time

Updated July 24, 2020 70.8k votes 11.2k voters 163.2k 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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  • Ann Coulter1
    1,497
    817

    Ann Coulter

    Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America, If Democrats Had Any Brains
  • Rush Limbaugh2
    1,168
    639

    Rush Limbaugh

    The Way Things Ought to Be, See
  • Glenn Beck3
    952
    511

    Glenn Beck

    An Inconvenient Book, Arguing with Idiots
  • Kevin Trudeau4
    247
    55

    Kevin Trudeau

    The Weight-Loss Cure "They" Don't Want You to Know About, Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You to Know About
  • Bill O'Reilly5
    981
    536

    Bill O'Reilly

    Killing Lincoln, Culture Warrior
  • EL James6
    2,371
    1,347

    EL James

    Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker
    Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed 
     
     
  • Joseph Smith, Jr.7
    300
    141

    Joseph Smith, Jr.

    The Joseph Smith Papers: Journals, Volume 1
  • Ray Comfort8
    166
    53

    Ray Comfort

    My Friends Are Dying!, 180
  • Bob Larson9
    195
    76

    Bob Larson

    Satanism, The Best Tool You Can Buy
  • L. Ron Hubbard10
    1,889
    1,318

    L. Ron Hubbard

    Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health
  • Al Sharpton11
    355
    209

    Al Sharpton

    Man Behind the Sound Bite, Go and tell Pharaoh
  • Stephenie Meyer12
    2,376
    1,800

    Stephenie Meyer

    Twilight, New Moon
  • Joseph Stalin13
    866
    633

    Joseph Stalin

    On the great patriotic war of the Soviet union, Correspondence Between Stalin
  • Keith Olbermann14
    282
    139

    Keith Olbermann

    The Worst Person in the World
  • Richard Nixon15
    282
    170

    Richard Nixon

    Richard Nixon: Speeches, Writings
  • Chelsea Handler16
    295
    159

    Chelsea Handler

    My Horizontal Life, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang
  • George H. W. Bush17
    371
    237

    George H. W. Bush

    A World Transformed: The Collapse of the Soviet Empire, The Unification of Germany
  • Adolf Hitler18
    1,248
    936

    Adolf Hitler

    Mein Kampf, Zweites Buch
  • D. B. Weiss19
    5,118
    228

    D. B. Weiss

    Halo, Lucky Wander Boy
  • Mike Greenberg20
    157
    68

    Mike Greenberg

    The Poetics of Cities, Synthesis
  • David Benioff21
    5,077
    240

    David Benioff

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Troy
  • George W. Bush22
    924
    707

    George W. Bush

    A Charge to Keep, In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir
  • Pope Innocent III23
    128
    63

    Pope Innocent III

    Stabat Mater
  • Lena Dunham24
    538
    231

    Lena Dunham

    Tiny Furniture, Nobody Walks
  • Nicholas Sparks25
    743
    620

    Nicholas Sparks

    The Last Song, The Notebook