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Posted: Wednesday, September 08, 2010 3:29:36 AM

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I'd say Charles Bukowski.

This guy has some sort of cult status, very underground, very "the real deal". I've read several of his novels and just find there boring references to his alcohol binges and sexual exploits, and lots of pointless ramblings, like the guy was just thinking "what the hell can I say now to keep this charade working".

What about you, who are your overrated authors?
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Dan Brown
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rxtales wrote:
Dan Brown

That was the first author I thought of when I read the title.

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Stephenie Meyer

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Jillicious wrote:
rxtales wrote:
Dan Brown

That was the first author I thought of when I read the title.


I found his books entertaining, but I wouldn't call them well written
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Jillicious wrote:
Stephenie Meyer


Hell yeah ...God the twilight sagas bore me to tears
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Without disrespecting any living authors, I'll add my two cents here, although it will probably get me excommunicated or something: Ernest Hemingway.

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Posted: Sunday, September 12, 2010 3:22:32 AM

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Agatha Christie
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Danielle Steele. The bulk of her stories are all recycled material.


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Posted: Sunday, June 12, 2011 11:23:39 AM

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Bukowski was a brilliant poet but his novels are shit.
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magnificent1rascal wrote:
Without disrespecting any living authors, I'll add my two cents here, although it will probably get me excommunicated or something: Ernest Hemingway.

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I second that emotion.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 7:06:53 PM

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Grisham
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Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 7:40:32 PM

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I love Agatha Christie! *pouts* hee.
Loislane wrote:
Jillicious wrote:
Stephenie Meyer


Hell yeah ...God the twilight sagas bore me to tears
I got to page 12 and didn't want to continue. I seriously could not believe her editor let so many grammatical mistakes get by. And I hated Bella so much!

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I'll second Rascal! Hemingway! So over-rated...

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Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 10:15:03 PM

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Well many of the authors being mentioned are simply "popular" in the sense that they sold a lot of books. I don't think many serious critics have ever suggested that Dan Brown or Stephanie Meyer are being "rated" as quality authors? In that sense they have never been "overrated" they are simply popular in the way a McDonald's hamburger is popular. Easy to consume, not challenging to the mind, a mass market product. Dan Brown is crap I do agree and one must wonder how he sells so many books?

I absolutely cannot agree with putting Hemingway in this category!! Sorry! This is a man who is largely responsible for the term "the lost generation" and went on drinking binges with James Joyce? Really? My god he hung out with Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, etc. etc. While not everyone may appreciate his sparse style, when you have read his works in full you realize the significance of coming to grips personally, as an individual, with the two greatest wars in man kinds history and the struggle to create internal order out of external chaos. As a short story writer Hemingway crafted some of the finest ever written in that era and influenced writers like J.D. Salinger who went on to create his own highly crafted short stories in a similar style.
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rxtales wrote:
Dan Brown

I totally agree.
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LittleMissBitch wrote:
Grisham


Ditto! His only good work was A Time to Kill.

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Espresso wrote:

But this hilarious tumblr that makes fun of her writing makes it all good.
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That's funny..."The content lived down to my expectations, but I was unprepared for how poorly crafted the saga is."...lol...

I only read one John Grisham novel...and I liked it actually, forget the name at the moment...


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I really tried with DH Lawrence, but I HATED his writing style - just could not read it...
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Someone already said it, but Stephanie Meyer. It's like reading what a child wrote.

Ironically, I'm a fan of the Twilight Saga movies (although they have a lot of dreadful moments, too).

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eviotis wrote:
magnificent1rascal wrote:
Without disrespecting any living authors, I'll add my two cents here, although it will probably get me excommunicated or something: Ernest Hemingway.

~ Rascal


I second that emotion.


I agree. Just can't get into him. Someone did say to try his short stories, tho?
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Twilight was over rated and written for a young kid. And then there is james mischner who's book Texas rewrote Texas history and a copy of his Chesapeake is I think floating in Chesapeake Bay still when I threw it out a hanger deck door. james patterson seems to be hot but come on people a new bookl a week and basically a same plot line. james grisham's last was a time to kill that was readable and then seems he got a case of ego as did james sandford. So sticking with William Gibson and Neil Gaiman for now.
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Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby is the most overrated novel. How this book filled with filler and characters I am never given a reason to give a damn about ever got held in such high regard much less kept in high regard is beyond my ability to comprehend.
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Shotgun011 wrote:
And then there is james mischner who's book Texas rewrote Texas history and a copy of his Chesapeake is I think floating in Chesapeake Bay still when I threw it out a hanger deck door.


Oh yeah...I read James Michener's book "Hawaii" just last summer...all 1130 pages, I might add...let's just say I was stuck somewhere and that was the only thing to read...

I agree, reading his stuff is sort of like reading a history text book...not really my cup of tea...nothing particularly brilliant plot-wise either...

On the subject of Ernie Hemingway, as I see he's been mentioned a few times...I've only read one of his "The Sun Also Rises"...I found it somewhat enjoyable, but not brilliant, at least in my mind...I think with Hemingway it's a case of having to put him in context, and compare it with other works of the same period...

Reading it nowadays, it's just another fairly tame book about people who get drunk and fool around all the time...I don't have to read a book to see that stuff...

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RumpleForeskin wrote:
classic -- James



Who...Rick James? Yeah, maybe he is a bit overrated...what's the matter, you don't like "Super Freak?"...


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Stephenie Meyer writes like a blind epileptic chimp. Grrr!!

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TracyAmes wrote:
Stephenie Meyer writes like a blind epileptic chimp. Grrr!!


Come on now, don't insult epileptic chimps...that's really not nice...

I guess you can look at it a couple of ways...some would say it's unfair that she gets all that money, fame, etc...

I try to look at the bright side, in that there's hope for just about anyone here to get a publishing deal someday...you know what I mean?


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TracyAmes wrote:
Stephenie Meyer writes like a blind epileptic chimp. Grrr!!


Applauds the summary of Stepahanie Meyer and to be fair to the chimps they write better
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