Female Professionals The Worst Female Novelists  

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List Rules Vote UP the worst of the worst. Vote down the female novelists whose work you don't think is that bad.

With female novelists consistently hitting the bestseller list in recent years, women writers have taken as much flak as praise from both critics and avid readers. This rise in contemporary female authors has led to reexaminations of historic female writers who influenced modern lady scribes, and the results of recent takes on classics are sometimes less than flattering. Bad women writers are often condemned for presenting sexists stereotypes, but some are universally panned simply due to sloppy prose and poor storytelling. Who do you think are the worst women novelists? Cast your vote below! 

Modern women writers have penned bestsellers like Twilight, 50 Shades of Grey, and Gone Girl. But for every fan of E.L. James or Gillian Flynn, there are naysayers declaring them some of the worst women novelists of modern times. As women writers soar into popularity, it's natural to revisit their roots, leading to some frustrations with canonical female wordsmiths. As Stephanie Meyer has cited the Brontë sisters as a major inspiration, for example, people are doing some very unflattering feminist deconstructions of works like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Then, there are the polarizing women writers whose names alone spark instantaneous squabbles in MFA programs and literary retreats worldwide. Was Jane Austen a master of character study or an overrated romance writer? Does Joyce Carol Oates just need to stop already? 

Who do you think are the worst female novelists? Make your voice heard by casting your vote below and feel free to add any lousy writers you feel are missing. 

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E. L. James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
E. L. James Fifty Shades of Grey

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Ayn Rand is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Ayn Rand The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged: Part I, Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike

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Stephenie Meyer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Stephenie Meyer Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse

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Anne Rice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Anne Rice Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, Queen of the Damned, Exit to Eden

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Danielle Steel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Danielle Steel Jewels, A Perfect Stranger, Family Album

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Nora Roberts is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Nora Roberts Carolina Moon, Montana Sky, Angels Fall

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Jennifer Weiner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Jennifer Weiner In Her Shoes, State of Georgia

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Sophie Kinsella is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Sophie Kinsella Confessions of a Shopaholic

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Gillian Flynn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Gillian Flynn Gone Girl, Dark Places, Utopia

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Charlotte Brontë is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre

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Judith McNaught is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Female Novelists

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Meg Cabot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Meg Cabot The Princess Diaries, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Ice Princess

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Veronica Roth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Veronica Roth Divergent, Insurgent

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Anna Todd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Anna Todd After

The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

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Charlaine Harris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Female Novelists

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Erica Jong is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Erica Jong Celebrity, Sex: The Revolution

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Lauren Weisberger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Lauren Weisberger The Devil Wears Prada

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Marian Keyes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Marian Keyes Watermelon

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Jane Austen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Jane Austen Pride & Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Becoming Jane

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Jodi Picoult is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Jodi Picoult My Sister's Keeper, Plain Truth, The Tenth Circle

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Kate Chopin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Female Novelists

Natural Beauties Who Don't Need No Make-Up

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Alice Sebold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Alice Sebold The Lovely Bones, Anghel Sa Lupa

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Anna Sewell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Anna Sewell Black Beauty, Black Beauty, Black Beauty

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Cecily von Ziegesar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Female Novelists

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Emily Brontë is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Emily Brontë Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, Wuthering Heights

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Gertrude Stein is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Gertrude Stein Paris Was a Woman

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Amy Tan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Amy Tan The Joy Luck Club

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Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Agatha Christie Witness for the Prosecution, Agatha Christie: Poirot, And Then There Were None

Famous Lesbian Authors

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Louisa May Alcott is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Louisa May Alcott Little Women, Little Women, Little Women

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Amanda McKittrick Ros is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Amanda McKittrick Ros

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Paula Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Female Novelists

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Joyce Carol Oates is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Joyce Carol Oates Foxfire, Smooth Talk, We Were the Mulvaneys

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Jojo Moyes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Jojo Moyes

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Lisa Jewell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Lisa Jewell

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Helen Fielding is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Helen Fielding Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

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Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games: Mockingjay^! Part 1, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay^! Part 2

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Miranda July is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Miranda July Me and You and Everyone We Know, Jesus' Son, The Center of the World

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Sarah Dessen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Sarah Dessen How to Deal

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J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban