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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24 1
E. L. James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Fifty Shades of Grey

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22 6
Stephenie Meyer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse

3
15 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
9 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

5
11 5
Nora Roberts is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Carolina Moon, Montana Sky, Angels Fall

6
8 3
Jennifer Weiner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
In Her Shoes, State of Georgia

7
9 5
Danielle Steel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Jewels, A Perfect Stranger, Family Album

8
8 4
Judith McNaught is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Female Novelists

9
8 4
Sophie Kinsella is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Confessions of a Shopaholic

10
8 4
Charlaine Harris is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Female Novelists

11
4 0
Anna Todd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Anna Todd After

12
4 1
Lauren Weisberger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Lauren Weisberger The Devil Wears Prada

13
3 0
Erica Jong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Celebrity, Sex: The Revolution

14
3 0
Marian Keyes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Watermelon

15
8 6
Charlotte Brontë is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Jane Eyre

16
5 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
2 0
Cecily von Ziegesar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Female Novelists

18
2 0
Anna Sewell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Black Beauty, Black Beauty, Black Beauty

19
2 0
Kate Chopin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Female Novelists

20
9 8
Gillian Flynn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Gone Girl, Dark Places, Utopia

21
5 4
Gertrude Stein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Paris Was a Woman

22
5 4
Veronica Roth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
Divergent, Insurgent

23
4 3
Amy Tan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Female Novelists
The Joy Luck Club

24
3 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
2 1
Paula Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Female Novelists