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.