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The Lamest Authors of All Time

Updated July 24, 2020 71.6k votes 11.1k voters 160.6k 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
    Rush Limbaugh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
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    636

    Rush Limbaugh

    The Way Things Ought to Be, See
  • 2
    Ann Coulter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
    1,513
    823

    Ann Coulter

    Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America, If Democrats Had Any Brains
  • 3
    Glenn Beck is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
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    511

    Glenn Beck

    An Inconvenient Book, Arguing with Idiots
  • 4
    Kevin Trudeau is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
    243
    51

    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
    Ray Comfort is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
    171
    46

    Ray Comfort

    My Friends Are Dying!, 180
  • 6
    Bill O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
    993
    541

    Bill O'Reilly

    Killing Lincoln, Culture Warrior
  • 7
    Bob Larson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
    198
    69

    Bob Larson

    Satanism, The Best Tool You Can Buy
  • 8
    Joseph Smith, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
    303
    137

    Joseph Smith, Jr.

    The Joseph Smith Papers: Journals, Volume 1
  • 9
    L. Ron Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
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    1,331

    L. Ron Hubbard

    Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health
  • 10
    EL James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
    2,409
    1,362

    EL James

    Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker
    Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed 
     
     
  • 11
    Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
    289
    166

    Richard Nixon

    Richard Nixon: Speeches, Writings
  • 12
    Al Sharpton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
    357
    205

    Al Sharpton

    Man Behind the Sound Bite, Go and tell Pharaoh
  • 13
    Joseph Stalin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
    884
    636

    Joseph Stalin

    On the great patriotic war of the Soviet union, Correspondence Between Stalin
  • 14
    Keith Olbermann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
    289
    138

    Keith Olbermann

    The Worst Person in the World
  • 15
    Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
    299
    154

    Chelsea Handler

    My Horizontal Life, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang
  • 16
    Stephenie Meyer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
    2,417
    1,817

    Stephenie Meyer

    Twilight, New Moon
  • 17
    George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
    378
    237

    George H. W. Bush

    A World Transformed: The Collapse of the Soviet Empire, The Unification of Germany
  • 18
    Adolf Hitler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
    1,261
    937

    Adolf Hitler

    Mein Kampf, Zweites Buch
  • 19
    D. B. Weiss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
    5,126
    230

    D. B. Weiss

    Halo, Lucky Wander Boy
  • 20
    Mike Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
    161
    66

    Mike Greenberg

    The Poetics of Cities, Synthesis
  • 21
    David Benioff is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
    5,086
    243

    David Benioff

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Troy
  • 22
    George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
    951
    719

    George W. Bush

    A Charge to Keep, In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir
  • 23
    Pope Innocent III is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
    130
    58

    Pope Innocent III

    Stabat Mater
  • 24
    Lena Dunham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
    544
    234

    Lena Dunham

    Tiny Furniture, Nobody Walks
  • 25
    Nicholas Sparks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Lamest Authors of All Time
    756
    629

    Nicholas Sparks

    The Last Song, The Notebook
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