Happy Friday to you all!
Today I’m going to talk about something that I have always wanted to chat about, but felt hesitant since it’s a bit of a touchy topic: super popular authors that I don’t really care for, and don’t particularly plan on reading.
Before I jump into the post, I would like to offer a brief disclaimer that while I have some heavy distaste for most of these authors, they in no shape impact my opinions of anyone who feels differently than I do! As unique and diverse individuals, I more than expect all of us to have different tastes in literature and authors that we all love. Therefore, just ’cause I don’t like ’em, doesn’t mean that I am judging you or that I ever plan to judge you for your tastes.
Alrighty, I have eleven total authors listed here and they are in no specific order.
Known most famously for his books Fight Club and Choke, Mr. Palahniuk is an author that I have no interest in checking out. To be honest, I have never read any of his books. My main reason for not being interested in this author is simple: none of his books really appeal to me at all. I’ve read the synopses for many of his works, and even chatted with Sir Betrothed about a couple as he’s read them, but they just don’t interest me.
A very popular writer of young adult books, specifically The Raven Cycle and All the Crooked Saints, Ms. Stiefvater is another one of those folks who just don’t interest me with her books. I did try to read the first few chapters of the latter book mentioned, and nothing hooked me. I felt her prose was rather boring. A simple case of she’s just not my cup o’ chai!
Ms. Han is another young adult author, mostly of contemporaries, such as To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Burn for Burn. I have read the former trilogy in its entirety. I will admit that I rather enjoyed the first book in the series. It was fluffy and a completely easy and fast-paced title. However, the other two were absolutely dreadful and never should’ve been written. I don’t like the way she writes female characters, usually who fall weak in the face of romance; her representation of teenage girls also bothers me; and most of her material tend to be problematic in one form or another. I also find her prose to be utterly simplistic and uncompelling. As it stands, I don’t plan to pick up anything from her in the future.
She’s the author of young adult fantasy books, which include The Wrath and the Dawn and Flame in the Mist, of which I have read the latter. The Flame in the Mist was sensationally problematic in terms of appropriating Japanese history and culture. While the premise is what intrigued me enough to borrow a friend’s ARC (Advanced Readers Copy), I was wholeheartedly disappointed by it. The friend I borrowed it from is a Japanese-American who’s got his Master’s in Japanese Studies, and after chatting with him about the book, we both agreed that books like Flame in the Mist are the sorts that only help to perpetuate Japanese stereotypes and misconceived notions of what Japanese culture entails. There were also some minor details in the book that were presented as Japanese but were in fact of Chinese culture. Another friend of mine described to me in detail of how problematic The Wrath and the Dawn was in terms of romanticising abusive relationships. As a victim of a former abusive relationship, I’m going to pass on that one as well. Since I passionately dislike authors who appropriate diverse cultures in their works, I don’t ever plan on reading anything by Ms. Ahdieh ever again.
This is a huge shocker, I know. She’s most famous for her middle-grade fantasy series that revolutionised reading for kiddos: Harry Potter. I am a big fan of the Harry Potter books (even though they are a bit problematic). But aside from writing about Hogwarts and wizardry, Ms. Rowling is an awful author. I read The Casual Vacancy when it came out and it was, by far, one of the most uninteresting books that I have ever read in my life. It was unsuspenseful and excruciating to get through. So, aside from future Harry Potter instalments, I won’t be picking up her books. I also feel the need to mention that I hate the way she likes to change established things regarding Harry Potter just to fuck with her fans. It’s highly disrespectful.
Author of the Twilight series, Ms. Meyer is one of the most popular young adult authors out there, and she’s also a rather horrid author. I remember reading the first book, Twilight, many years ago. It was such a terribly written novel! I felt bored and unimpressed. She also makes a few quotes, which were incorrectly referenced. I think out of everything I didn’t like about her books, this is what bothered me the most. She’s not my sort of writer, and I am probably never going to read anything else by her.
Mostly famous for her Fifty Shades series, I will honestly state that I loathe this novelist passionately. I did read the first book in the series and I have never felt so offended in my entire life. As someone who’s a proud member of the BDSM community, I strongly believe that this entire series is utter trash. It romanticises abusive relationships, as well as sexual abuse and rape, all in the name of BDSM. Anyone who enjoys BDSM will know that that is not what this community is about! We do not get our socks off on rape or abuse! The fact that it’s perpetuated in these books and uses it as an excuse for bad writing and horribly problematic themes, pisses me the fuck off. So, fuck no. I refuse to have an open mind regarding anything ever written by this author in the future.
An author who writes law-related thrillers, some of which include The Pelican Brief and The Runaway Jury, Grisham is another writer that I find to be entirely boring. I have read a couple of his books and they’ve always been rather unsuspenseful and painfully predictable. I also find his representation of lawyers to be laughable. So… pass.
She is an author of young adult contemporaries, and some of her books include Fangirl, Attachments, and Carry On. I’ve read a lot of reviews from trusted sources and friends about how many Ms. Rowell’s books are offensively problematic regarding marginalised groups of people, which is most apparent in the title Eleanor and Park. The novel has a half-Korean boy as one of the main characters, and references to his ethnicity are jaw-droppingly racist and inappropriate. If you’re interested in a full-depth review of this book and its issues, check out this post here. While I’m not really attracted to her books, I did receive Fangirl a few years ago from a friend and this is probably the only book that mildly interests me as someone who enjoys writing fan fiction. So, I may pick that up in the future, but don’t care much for her others.
I have been seeing this person quite a lot around the blog and BookTube spheres, so I checked out some of her books and reviews associated with them. She’s mostly known for writing fantasy, such as the series Song of the Lioness. One thing that has been consistently pointed out about Ms. Pierce’s books, even amid her fans, is that they consist of disturbing “White Saviour” complexes and tropes, and don’t treat minorities well at all. There are enough white saviour books out there and I have no interest in occupying myself with more of them.
SHOCKING!! Mr. King is one of the most famous authors in the world, known for horror fiction such as The Shining, Salem’s Lot, and It, and I find him to be soooo dull! I own the first two books mentioned and I have tried to read them both, but I always found my focus waning. It felt like it took forever to get the stories going. Since I do own the first two, there’s a good chance that I will probably try to read them again sometime in the future, but unless I am actually able to start and finish at least one of his books, I highly doubt that I will be picking up anything else that he has written.
Well, that does it for all the popular authors that I’ll probably never read. While I feel this way right now, I will maintain an open mind, apart from E.L. James, Stephenie Meyer, and Tamora Pierce. There may come a time, or new release, sometime in the future that will interest me enough to invest in these authors. I won’t completely shut myself out to that possibility.