Writers

Authors You Pretend Not To Like  

Bailey Brown
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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
Anne Rice is an American author of gothic fiction, Christian literature. She is perhaps best known for her popular and influential series of novels, The Vampire Chronicles, revolving around the ...more
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Dan Brown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
age 54
Daniel "Dan" Brown is an American author of thriller fiction who is best known for the 2003 bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code. Brown's novels are treasure hunts set in a 24-hour ...more
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John Grisham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
age 64
John Ray Grisham, Jr. is an American lawyer, politician, and author, best known for his popular legal thrillers. His books have been translated into forty-two languages. John Grisham graduated ...more
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James Patterson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
age 71
James Patterson was born in March 22, 1947 and is one of the biggest bestselling authors and novelists of all times and an award winning American Author. Hes the author of 39 New York Times ...more
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Tom Clancy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
Dec. at 66 (1947-2013)
Thomas Leo "Tom" Clancy, Jr. was an American novelist and historian best known for his technically detailed espionage and military science storylines set during and after the Cold War. ...more
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Stephenie Meyer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
age 45
Stephenie Meyer is an American young-adult fiction writer and film producer, best known for her vampire romance series Twilight. The Twilight novels have gained worldwide recognition and sold ...more
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Jodi Picoult is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
age 52
Jodi Lynn Picoult is an American author. She was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. Picoult currently has approximately 14 million copies of her books in print
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Nora Roberts is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
age 68
Nora Roberts is an American bestselling author of more than 209 romance novels. She writes as J. D. Robb for the in Death series, and has also written under the pseudonyms Jill March and for ...more
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Nicholas Sparks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
age 53
Nicholas Charles Sparks is an internationally bestselling American writer. He is the author of "The Notebook", a New York Times best-seller.
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Lee Child is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
age 64
Jim Grant, better known by his pen name Lee Child, is a British thriller writer. His first novel, Killing Floor, won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel. Each of Child's novels follows the ...more
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John Green is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
age 41
John Michael Green is an American author of young adult fiction, YouTube video blogger, historian and creator of online educational videos. He won the 2006 Printz Award for his debut novel, ...more
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Danielle Steel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
age 71
Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel, better known by the name Danielle Steel, is an American novelist, currently the best selling author alive and the fourth bestselling author of all ...more
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Gillian Flynn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
age 48
Gillian Schieber Flynn is an American author, screenwriter, comic book writer and former television critic for Entertainment Weekly. Flynn's three published novels are the thrillers Sharp ...more
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E. L. James is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
age 55
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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David Baldacci is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
age 58
David Baldacci is a bestselling American novelist.
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Clive Cussler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
age 87
Clive Eric Cussler is an American adventure novelist and marine archaeologist. His thriller novels, many featuring the character Dirk Pitt, have reached The New York Times fiction best-seller ...more
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Michael Connelly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
age 62
Michael Connelly is an American author of detective novels and other crime fiction, notably those featuring LAPD Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch and criminal defense attorney Mickey ...more
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Jonathan Franzen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
age 59
Jonathan Earl Franzen is an American novelist and essayist. His 2001 novel, The Corrections, a sprawling, satirical family drama, drew widespread critical acclaim, earned Franzen a National Book ...more
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James Frey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
age 49
James Christopher Frey is an American writer and the founder and CEO of Full Fathom Five, a transmedia production company responsible for the young adult series "The Lorien Legacies", ...more
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Harlan Coben is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Authors You Pretend Not To Like
age 57
Harlan Coben is an American author of mystery novels and thrillers. The plots of his novels often involve the resurfacing of unresolved or misinterpreted events in the past and often have ...more