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Overrated authors

Let's make a list!

I'll start: Dan Brown.

by Anonymousreply 23July 8, 2024 10:10 PM

Martin Amis

Christopher Hitchens

Ian McEwen

Salman Rushdie

Will Self

The twat who wrote Trainspotting

Inasmuch as that fucking fraud was ever rated as anything, the twin pillars of shit who were "J.T. Leroy".

Ditto James Frey

David Foster Wallace (1)

Joan Didion - if an upper-class persecution complex was a person...

Maya Angelou

Tom Wolfe

Gore Vidal - brilliant essayist, the novels are unreadable

Anybody named Waugh, ever.

Stephen King - nice guy, sloppy writing

Neil Gaiman

by Anonymousreply 1July 8, 2024 4:57 PM

I"m in the minority but I always found her plodding and precious.

Good enough but far from definitive.

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by Anonymousreply 2July 8, 2024 5:08 PM

r1 I love Drew Droege's take on Maya Angelou (as a person, not a writer):

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by Anonymousreply 3July 8, 2024 5:09 PM

John Le Carré is a gasbag.

by Anonymousreply 4July 8, 2024 5:18 PM

John Updike.

by Anonymousreply 5July 8, 2024 6:17 PM

R4, agree but "The Little Drummer Girl" on it's own is a piece of perfection. Totally different voice used in the narration- I wonder if he had his wife write it for him?

by Anonymousreply 6July 8, 2024 7:05 PM

I agree with you there, r6. It was even something of a page-turner.

by Anonymousreply 7July 8, 2024 7:32 PM

JK Rowling

by Anonymousreply 8July 8, 2024 8:17 PM

Chaucer! Rabelais! Balzac!

by Anonymousreply 9July 8, 2024 8:29 PM

Virginia Woolf

by Anonymousreply 10July 8, 2024 8:31 PM

F. Scott Fitzgerald

by Anonymousreply 11July 8, 2024 8:53 PM


by Anonymousreply 12July 8, 2024 8:58 PM

r12 = Sumerian housewife

by Anonymousreply 13July 8, 2024 8:59 PM

I find Homer is lacking substance. There is no plot and the names are silly.

by Anonymousreply 14July 8, 2024 9:04 PM

William Shakespeare. He has a few good lines but my god do people read way too much into his work. Not every verse has 18 meanings.

by Anonymousreply 15July 8, 2024 9:06 PM

r15 William Shakespeare is one English author who is decidedly NOT overrated. His impact on the English language and its literary culture -- as well as Western ideas of self, what it means to be human, etc -- cannot be overstated.

by Anonymousreply 16July 8, 2024 9:09 PM

Alice Munro is not overrated, but she was a raging cunt who threw her daughter under the bus.

That should count for (or not count for) something.

by Anonymousreply 17July 8, 2024 9:17 PM

James Joyce. That shit is unreadable!

by Anonymousreply 18July 8, 2024 9:27 PM

I don't think Dan Brown is overrated. No one thinks Dan Brown is a good author. A popular one who has made a lot of money - sure. But, not a good one.

by Anonymousreply 19July 8, 2024 9:39 PM


by Anonymousreply 20July 8, 2024 9:45 PM

Walter Scott. To go from "Ivanhoe" to writing the celebrity Q&A column in Parade magazine .... I mean, REALLY.

by Anonymousreply 21July 8, 2024 9:46 PM

R20? Please.

We all know I wrote that insipid fucking book.

by Anonymousreply 22July 8, 2024 9:47 PM

Dan Brown was always terrible.

by Anonymousreply 23July 8, 2024 10:10 PM
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