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Authors You Pretend Not To Like 

Bailey Brown
Updated May 6, 2019 846 votes 131 voters 1.4k views 20 items

List Rules Vote up the writers you actually really like but are afraid to admit to other readers.

E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey is as controversial as it is popular, thanks to its infamous romanticizing of some saucy material that critics say skirts the line between manipulation and love. For this reason, James has been named among authors that people are embarrassed to admit they actually enjoy. She ranks alongside airport bestsellers like Dan Brown and Tom Clancy who turn out novel after novel, garnering a reputation as writers who value financial revenue over the quality of their stories. Even authors who have written young adult book series that were later turned into movies are at risk of such negative attention, simply because their books' popularity with teenagers leads older readers to assume that John Green is less intelligent or compelling than John Grisham, for example.

While some of these negative connotations against particular writers might hold some merit, authors people pretend not to like are often still good storytellers. It's quite likely that Twilight or The DaVinci Code are among the books you have read that you would rather not discuss with others; similarly, it would not be surprising to learn that many young adults have collected a couple of Nicholas Sparks novels in their day. Regardless of an author's reputation, however, the literature you're afraid to admit you like is, at the very least, just as valuable as anything you read in middle school, so long as it inspires you to keep reading. 

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Anne Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
Age 77 from New Orleans
Anne Rice (born Anne O'Brien, October 4, 1941) is an American author of gothic fiction, Christian literature, and erotic literature. She is perhaps best known for her series of novels, The ...more
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Dan Brown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
Age 54 from Exeter
Daniel Gerhard Brown (born June 22, 1964) is an American author best known for his thriller novels, including the Robert Langdon novels Angels & Demons (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2003), The ...more
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John Grisham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
Age 64 from USA
John Ray Grisham Jr. (; born February 8, 1955) is an American novelist, attorney, politician, and activist, best known for his popular legal thrillers. His books have been translated into 42 ...more
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James Patterson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
Age 71 from Newburgh
James Brendan Patterson (born March 22, 1947) is an American author and philanthropist. Among his works are the Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women's Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Daniel X, NYPD ...more
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Stephenie Meyer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
Age 45 from Hartford
Stephenie Meyer (née Morgan; ; born December 24, 1973) is an American novelist and film producer, best known for her vampire romance series Twilight. The Twilight novels have sold over ...more
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Tom Clancy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
Dec. at 66 (1947-2013) from Baltimore
Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. (April 12, 1947 – October 1, 2013) was an American novelist best known for his technically detailed espionage and military-science storylines set during and after the Cold ...more
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Nora Roberts is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
Age 68 from Silver Spring
Nora Roberts (born Eleanor Marie Robertson on October 10, 1950) is an American author of more than 225 romance novels. She writes as J. D. Robb for the in Death series and has also written under ...more
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Nicholas Sparks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
Age 53 from Omaha
Nicholas Charles Sparks (born December 31, 1965) is an American romance novelist and screenwriter. He has published twenty novels and two non-fiction books. Several of his novels have become ...more
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Jodi Picoult is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
Age 52 from Nesconset
Jodi Lynn Picoult (; born May 19, 1966) is an American writer. She was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. Currently approximately 14 million copies of her books are in ...more
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Danielle Steel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
Age 71 from New York City
Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel (born August 14, 1947) is an American writer, best known for her romance novels. She is the bestselling author alive and the fourth bestselling ...more
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Lee Child is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
Age 64 from Coventry
James Dover Grant (born 29 October 1954), primarily known by his pen name Lee Child, is a British author who writes thriller novels, and is best known for his Jack Reacher novel series. The ...more
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John Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
Age 41 from Indianapolis
John Michael Green (born August 24, 1977) is an American author and YouTube content creator. He won the 2006 Printz Award for his debut novel, Looking for Alaska, and his fourth solo novel, The ...more
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Gillian Flynn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
Age 48 from Kansas City
Gillian Schieber Flynn (; born February 24, 1971) is an American writer. Flynn has published three novels, Sharp Objects, Dark Places, and Gone Girl, all three of which have been adapted for ...more
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Clive Cussler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
Age 87 from Aurora
Clive Eric Cussler (born July 15, 1931) is an American adventure novelist and underwater explorer. His thriller novels, many featuring the character Dirk Pitt, have reached The New York Times ...more
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David Baldacci is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
Age 58 from Richmond
David Baldacci (born August 5, 1960) is a bestselling American novelist.
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E. L. James is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
Age 55 from London
Erika Mitchell, better known by her pen name E. L. James, is a British author. She wrote the bestselling erotic romance novels trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades ...more
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Michael Connelly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
Age 62 from Philadelphia
Michael Connelly (born July 21, 1956) is an American author of detective novels and other crime fiction, notably those featuring LAPD Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch and criminal ...more
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James Frey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
Age 49 from Cleveland
James Frey (born September 12, 1969 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American writer and businessman. His two first books, A Million Little Pieces (2003) and My Friend Leonard (2005), were best-sellers ...more
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Jonathan Franzen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
Age 59 from Western Springs
Jonathan Earl Franzen (born August 17, 1959) is an American novelist and essayist. His 2001 novel The Corrections, a sprawling, satirical family drama, drew widespread critical acclaim, earned ...more
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Harlan Coben is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
Age 57 from USA
Harlan Coben (born January 4, 1962) is an American writer of mystery novels and thrillers. The plots of his novels often involve the resurfacing of unresolved or misinterpreted events in the ...more