Some of my least favourite authors


As it's friday afternoon, and inspired by Gaw's mention of
Hardy, I thought I would compile a list of some of the writers that I currently don't like. I realise that this list is arbitrary because you approach and read books at different stages of life, and I may just have not liked these books because I approached them at the wrong moment. Anyway, on with my blacklist:

  • Thomas Hardy - nice words but rubbish, boring storylines with nebulous weedy endings.
  • EM Forster - ditto. (The Cucumber Sandwich of novelists)
  • DH Lawrence - ditto.
  • Hemingway - ditto.
  • John Fowles - ditto.
  • Lawrence Durrell - ditto
  • Don DeLillo - boooring, tries too hard to be overly 'heavy' . self-concious american stuff.
  • People who write 'humorous' travel books - Bryson, McCarthy, and all the rest, (see also people who write those books about how whimsical we british are, teapots, crumpets, rain etc.)
  • Jane Austen - rubbish.
  • Ian McEwen - over-hyped and over-angsty, I read every book wanting to kill his weedy characters.
  • Alexander McCall Smith/ Joanne Harris etc - feeble whimsy
  • Tolkien and any swordy fantasy stuff - No explanation required.
  • Grahame Greene - (see also Ian McEwen)
  • Tom Wolfe - ('I am Charlotte Simmons' was one of the worst books I have ever read)
  • Haruki Murakami - Ian McEwan for teenagers.



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9 comments:

Brit said...

I'll assume the "Jane Austen - rubbish" line was parody...

worm said...

well her writing style is rather good, it's just the subject matter I have absolutely no interest in whatsoever.

Brit said...

The human condition?

worm said...

Yes of course there's lots of good stuff in there, and I can fully understand why everyone else likes it, it's just that I don't. Its just the framework the ideas are hidden in, surrounded by characters I dislike. She criticises shallowness whilst celebrating it. - as W. H. Auden said of JA:

"It makes me most uncomfortable to see
An English spinster of the middle-class
Describe the amorous effects of 'brass',
Reveal so frankly and with such sobriety
The economic basis of society."

Brit said...

The extraordinary thing about Austen is that she is the ultimate "show don't tell" author. She never actually describes anyone or anything; she barely uses adjectives. And yet everything is completely vivid. It has proven inimitable.

Gaw said...

I rarely really enjoy a novel and would agree with a majority of your picks. Of all of them I find Lawrence the worst. He's literally laughable nowadays - a disgusting little fascist.

Kevin Musgrove said...

Most of this is a "I hate English Literature O-Level" list, with which I can entirely sympathise. Nothing kills the love of the English language quite so thoroughly as spending two hours a week for a term performing lit crit for a teacher who'd rather be reading the Racing Post.

worm said...

kevin: we had to do 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' for 'O levels' (gcse's for me) which I found to be fairly boring, however, when we then moved onto The Mayor of Casterbridge for A level I began to seriously contemplate suicide.

I have revisited Tess since and still had to force myself to turn the pages

Gaw said...

Similar with me. Mayor of Casterbridge. I could have killed the lot of them.