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Authors You Pretend Not To Like

Updated May 6, 2019 1.1k votes 136 voters 1.5k views20 items

List RulesVote 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. 

  • Anne Rice1
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    Anne Rice

    Age: 79
    Anne Rice (born Anne O'Brien, October 4, 1941) is an American author of gothic fiction,...  more
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  • Dan Brown2
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    Dan Brown

    Age: 56
    Daniel Gerhard Brown (born June 22, 1964) is an American author best known for his thriller...  more
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  • John Grisham3
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    John Ray Grisham Jr. (; born February 8, 1955) is an American novelist, attorney, politician,...  more
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  • James Patterson4
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    James Brendan Patterson (born March 22, 1947) is an American author and philanthropist. Among...  more
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  • Stephenie Meyer5
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    Stephenie Meyer (née Morgan; ; born December 24, 1973) is an American novelist and film...  more
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  • Tom Clancy6
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    Tom Clancy

    Dec. at 66 (1947-2013)
    Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. (April 12, 1947 – October 1, 2013) was an American novelist best known...  more
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  • Nora Roberts7
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    Nora Roberts (born Eleanor Marie Robertson on October 10, 1950) is an American author of more...  more
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  • Jodi Picoult8
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    Jodi Lynn Picoult (; born May 19, 1966) is an American writer. She was awarded the New England...  more
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  • Nicholas Sparks9
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    Nicholas Charles Sparks (born December 31, 1965) is an American romance novelist and...  more
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  • John Green10
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    John Green

    Age: 43
    John Michael Green (born August 24, 1977) is an American author and YouTube content creator....  more
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  • Lee Child11
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    Lee Child

    Age: 65
    James Dover Grant (born 29 October 1954), primarily known by his pen name Lee Child, is a...  more
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  • Danielle Steel12
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    Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel (born August 14, 1947) is an American writer,...  more
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  • Gillian Flynn13
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    Gillian Schieber Flynn (; born February 24, 1971) is an American writer. Flynn has published...  more
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  • Clive Cussler14
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    Clive Eric Cussler (born July 15, 1931) is an American adventure novelist and underwater...  more
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  • David Baldacci15
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    David Baldacci (born August 5, 1960) is a bestselling American novelist....  more
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  • Michael Connelly16
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    Michael Connelly (born July 21, 1956) is an American author of detective novels and other...  more
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  • E. L. James17
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    Erika Mitchell, better known by her pen name E. L. James, is a British author. She wrote the...  more
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  • Jonathan Franzen18
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    Jonathan Earl Franzen (born August 17, 1959) is an American novelist and essayist. His 2001...  more
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  • James Frey19
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    James Frey

    Age: 51
    James Frey (born September 12, 1969 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American writer and...  more
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  • Harlan Coben20
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    Harlan Coben (born January 4, 1962) is an American writer of mystery novels and thrillers. The...  more
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