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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. 

list ordered by
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E. L. James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Fifty Shades of Grey
2
Stephenie Meyer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse
3
Ayn Rand is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged: Part I, Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike
4
Anne Rice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, Queen of the Damned, Exit to Eden
5
Nora Roberts is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Carolina Moon, Montana Sky, Angels Fall
6
Anna Todd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Anna Todd After
7
Jennifer Weiner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
In Her Shoes, State of Georgia
8
Charlaine Harris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
9
Danielle Steel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Jewels, A Perfect Stranger, Family Album
10
Sophie Kinsella is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Confessions of a Shopaholic
11
Lauren Weisberger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Lauren Weisberger The Devil Wears Prada
12
Erica Jong is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Celebrity, Sex: The Revolution
13
Marian Keyes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Watermelon
14
Judith McNaught is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
15
Meg Cabot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
The Princess Diaries, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Ice Princess
16
Cecily von Ziegesar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
17
Kate Chopin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
18
Gillian Flynn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Gone Girl, Dark Places, Utopia
19
Gertrude Stein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Paris Was a Woman
20
Veronica Roth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Divergent, Insurgent
21
Amy Tan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
The Joy Luck Club
22
Jodi Picoult is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
My Sister's Keeper, Plain Truth, The Tenth Circle
23
Anna Sewell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Black Beauty, Black Beauty, Black Beauty
24
Paula Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
25
Joyce Carol Oates is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Foxfire, Smooth Talk, We Were the Mulvaneys