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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18 1
E. L. James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Fifty Shades of Grey

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18 4
Stephenie Meyer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse

3
14 2
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
8 2
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

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9 4
Nora Roberts is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Carolina Moon, Montana Sky, Angels Fall

6
7 3
Jennifer Weiner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
In Her Shoes, State of Georgia

7
7 3
Sophie Kinsella is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Confessions of a Shopaholic

8
8 5
Danielle Steel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Jewels, A Perfect Stranger, Family Album

9
7 4
Judith McNaught is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Female Novelists

10
3 0
Anna Todd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Anna Todd After

11
6 4
Charlaine Harris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Female Novelists

12
3 1
Lauren Weisberger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Lauren Weisberger The Devil Wears Prada

13
2 0
Erica Jong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Celebrity, Sex: The Revolution

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2 0
Marian Keyes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Watermelon

15
7 6
Charlotte Brontë is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Jane Eyre

16
4 3
Meg Cabot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
The Princess Diaries, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Ice Princess

17
4 3
Veronica Roth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Divergent, Insurgent

18
1 0
Cecily von Ziegesar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Female Novelists

19
1 0
Anna Sewell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Black Beauty, Black Beauty, Black Beauty

20
1 0
Kate Chopin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Female Novelists

21
8 8
Gillian Flynn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Gone Girl, Dark Places, Utopia

22
4 4
Gertrude Stein is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Paris Was a Woman

23
3 3
Amy Tan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
The Joy Luck Club

24
2 2
Jodi Picoult is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
My Sister's Keeper, Plain Truth, The Tenth Circle

25
1 1
Paula Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Female Novelists

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1 1
Alice Sebold is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
The Lovely Bones, Anghel Sa Lupa

27
1 1
Amanda McKittrick Ros is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Amanda McKittrick Ros

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1 1
Joyce Carol Oates is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Foxfire, Smooth Talk, We Were the Mulvaneys

29
1 1
Jojo Moyes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Jojo Moyes

30
0 0
Lisa Jewell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Lisa Jewell

31
4 5
Emily Brontë is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, Wuthering Heights

32
3 4
Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Witness for the Prosecution, Agatha Christie: Poirot, And Then There Were None

33
2 3
Helen Fielding is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

34
1 2
Louisa May Alcott is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Little Women, Little Women, Little Women

35
0 1
Sarah Dessen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
How to Deal

36
0 1
Miranda July is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Me and You and Everyone We Know, Jesus' Son, The Center of the World

37
4 6
Jane Austen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Pride & Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Becoming Jane

38
3 5
Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

39
4 8
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban