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Authors everyone thinks are great but you just don't get

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grumpypants Fri 24-Jun-11 13:34:00

Dan Brown - can't get past the style, appreciate it;s all about the plot
Lisa Jewell - will never like her stuff. Total predictable rubbish.
Robert Pattinson - dumbed down to words of one syllable.

Can't think of anymore just yet...

iklboo Fri 24-Jun-11 13:38:33

Second Dan Brown - an entire paragraph about a highlighter pen? C'mon!
Catherine Cookson
Stephanie Meyer (sorry Twilight fans)

grumpypants Fri 24-Jun-11 13:54:19

yeh. Catherine Cookson - just boring. I get that Jane Austen is good even if it's not for me, for example. I do not get Celia Ahern at all.

BabeRuthless Fri 24-Jun-11 15:01:41

Stephanie Meyer - The amount of muttering that went on it the first book did it for me. Also I've read a lot of YA books that are so much better than this.

Colm Tobin - Always like the look of his storylines but the actual characters are so dull & lifeless.

James Patterson - This ones a possible. Got a few pages into the first Women's Murder Club book & thought it was so badly written. I might be proved wrong as it goes on though.

Going to have a think about some more, this will be a really interesting thread!

Greenmantle Fri 24-Jun-11 15:08:50

Zadie Smith. Bores me rigid.

monkeyslut Fri 24-Jun-11 15:15:21

Stephen King - utter drivel

Quenelle Fri 24-Jun-11 15:24:59

J K Rowling


GetOrf Fri 24-Jun-11 15:26:49

That Piccoult woman. What a crock of shit she writes.

JRR Tolkien. I can't be arsed.

Stephen Fry. Smugtastic.

Ragwort Fri 24-Jun-11 15:29:18

J K Rowling

<ducks with Quenelle>

MaryAnnSingleton Fri 24-Jun-11 15:30:21

Paulo Coehlo -shite

travispickles Fri 24-Jun-11 15:45:34

Barbara Cartland.

grumpypants Fri 24-Jun-11 16:05:09

oops. meant james patterson. Sorry robert pattinson whooever you are....was the same book babe

SinicalSal Fri 24-Jun-11 16:36:29

Bloody faulkes and that other one who wrote Atonement.

And these are our current pedestal dwellers?


Rosemallow Fri 24-Jun-11 16:40:25

J K Rowling

< it's getting a bit crowded down here >

mapleleef Fri 24-Jun-11 17:26:08

I agree about Colm Tobin - i wanted to give the character, Eilis, in Brooklyn a good shake. She was so passive and went along with what everyone else wanted her to do. Also too lengthy a description about sea sickness! Don't understand why it won the 2009 Costa novel award.

Ragwort Fri 24-Jun-11 17:46:02

Agree re: Colm Tobin - Brooklyn was recommended to me by an english teacher hmm - I thought it was just chick lit and totally uninspiring.

piprabbit Fri 24-Jun-11 17:49:04

Paulo Coelho. Can't write women at all - but that doesn't seem to bother him when it comes to stereotyping.

BabeRuthless Fri 24-Jun-11 18:08:03

Brooklyn is the one I was thinking of. One of those books that you see being critically acclaimed but when you read it think "Are you kidding me?"

MarshaBrady Fri 24-Jun-11 18:10:38

I haven't bothered to read any of below.

But I have read Annie E Proulx and had to stop.

MarshaBrady Fri 24-Jun-11 18:10:51

Books not post that is

bruffin Fri 24-Jun-11 18:13:46

Phillip Pulman - The first book was ok but lost the will to live half way through the second one.

lostinpants Fri 24-Jun-11 18:13:54

Stieg Larsson - totally overrated

fluffyliquorice Fri 24-Jun-11 18:42:59

Sophie Hannah, so badly written. Shame because the premise of some her books are great. Have tried two of her books and not got past the first couple of chapters.

lalalonglegs Fri 24-Jun-11 19:12:05

Isabelle Allende - magical realism tripe.

Jofo Fri 24-Jun-11 19:15:18

Although her books translate well to TV, Lynda la Plante's books are awful to read.

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