Authors that are over-rated
 
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08/06/09 5:12 AM

Aurora D posted:
J.K. fucking Rowling.

QFT!

 

08/13/09 8:04 AM

JK Rowling
Ruth Rendell
Dan Brown
Robin Hobb
Christopher Paolini
Patricia Cornwell

 

08/26/09 10:21 AM

Miss_Anne_Thropy posted:
Steven King (Yes, I said it, please don't kill me)
JK Rowling
I don't like Stephen King either. His novels are so vulgar and repetitive. He has a vocabulary of like 50 words. I guess I'm just used to classics like Tolkien and Shakespeare. I do like J.K. Rowling though. I've never read a book by her that I didn't like. She's really gifted.

 

08/26/09 1:12 PM

Yeah, well, I like most of the porn but I still don't think it's gifted.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/26/2009 01:15PM by daalbarizer.

 

08/26/09 1:45 PM

daalbarizer posted:
Yeah, well, I like most of the porn but I still don't think it's gifted.
That's hilarious. LOL

 

08/26/09 4:10 PM

Dean Koontz.

 

08/26/09 3:59 PM

spicycatburgers posted:
Dean Koontz.
I've never read him. From what I've heard, I don't think I've missed anything. I don't read Stephen King anymore. There's a lot of better authors out there now like Chuck Palaniuk and Clive Barker. And the woman who runs Stephen King's website is a moron.

 

08/26/09 4:04 PM

fairlightcmi posted:
I guess I'm just used to classics like Tolkien and Shakespeare.

...
Really?!? You're putting Tolkein in the same class as Shakespeare??

Don't get me wrong, I like Tolkein, but when you get all sniffy about Stephen King, you lose credibility for your argument by elevating Tolkein to such a degree.

 

08/27/09 6:17 AM

Stephen King isn't a bad writer. I just find him really insecure. I think he's jealous of other writers, especially younger guys like Neil Gaiman who make him look like shit. That's why he doesn't allow people to post writing samples at his website. It makes him nervous.

 

08/27/09 6:30 AM

gothiclove posted:
Stephen King isn't a bad writer. I just find him really insecure. I think he's jealous of other writers, especially younger guys like Neil Gaiman who make him look like shit. That's why he doesn't allow people to post writing samples at his website. It makes him nervous.
I find that really hard to believe.
He probably doesn't want to be influenced by someone else's work.
That opens up a whole DIFFERENT can of worms.

 

08/27/09 11:49 AM

gothiclove posted:
Stephen King isn't a bad writer. I just find him really insecure. I think he's jealous of other writers, especially younger guys like Neil Gaiman who make him look like shit. That's why he doesn't allow people to post writing samples at his website. It makes him nervous.

Umm, yeah...that's just moronic.

If he was insecure and jealous of other writer, why would he give quotes for their books saying how good they are?

Let's not forget the famous, "I have seen the future of horror" quote which gave Clive Barker publicity and a big boost early in his career.

He has also done a lot to help support small presses who typically give an early boost to up and coming writers.

Your argument, in short, is all kinds of wrong, and you should shut the fuck up.

Have a nice day! grinning smiley

 

08/27/09 2:44 PM

mechengineer posted:
spicycatburgers posted:
Dean Koontz.
I've never read him. From what I've heard, I don't think I've missed anything. I don't read Stephen King anymore. There's a lot of better authors out there now like Chuck Palaniuk and Clive Barker. And the woman who runs Stephen King's website is a moron.

With regards to the two authors you mentioned, what do you mean now? confused smiley

 

08/30/09 7:20 PM

I'd say Meyers, but I think most people over the age of twelve realize just how cheesy her books are. I have several friends who like them, but they're all terribly embarrassed about it.

I have, on the other hand, had people try to convince me that Dan Brown is an incredibly skilled writer. Not. So. Much. His books have a painful number of stylistic problems in them. They're acceptable when viewed as schlocky pulp adventure books, but no more.

Oh, and Tolkien. I know, I know. He's a classic, founded modern fantasy, and all that but I've never been able to get into his books. They're too long winded and he takes them way too seriously. I like the story but do we really need a song every ten pages?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/30/2009 07:22PM by hippiegeek.

 

09/02/09 7:46 PM

Stephen King and the green-eyed monster (jealousy, that is)
[www.guardian.co.uk]
You'd think with all his success that he'd be a bigger man that that.

P.S. Nice job, moderators.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/02/2009 07:53PM by gothiclove.

 

09/03/09 3:36 AM

gothiclove posted:
Stephen King and the green-eyed monster (jealousy, that is)
[www.guardian.co.uk]
You'd think with all his success that he'd be a bigger man that that.


If that's the best you can do to back up your point, it's not very good...he doesn't like Meyers writing,...big deal! He's far from alone in that! And it in no way supports your argument that he's jealous.

He'd be far more likely to feel 'threatened', as you put it, by J K Rowling, yet he praises her.

your point, as I said above, is totally without merit. If you don't like his writing, that's fair enough. But to say he's jealous because he doesn't like a particular writer is absurd.

 

09/04/09 6:45 PM

ilona posted:
Christopher Paolini

Are you kidding?! He published his first book AT AGE 15!!! That is fucking impressive.


I think Stephen King's (and Anne Rice) books are a bit long-but they are still entertaining and certainly skillfully written.

 

09/08/09 7:15 AM

You know what they say about men who attack women. They're wimps, losers or cowards. Whatever you wanna call them, they're not real men at all. A lotta guys who attack women are too chickenshit to stand up to other men. That applies to Shawn merriman & Chris Brown too.

 

09/08/09 7:18 AM

mechengineer posted:
You know what they say about men who attack women. They're wimps, losers or cowards. Whatever you wanna call them, they're not real men at all. A lotta guys who attack women are too chickenshit to stand up to other men. That applies to Shawn merriman & Chris Brown too.
Will u marry me?

 

09/08/09 7:25 AM

silkspectre posted:
mechengineer posted:
You know what they say about men who attack women. They're wimps, losers or cowards. Whatever you wanna call them, they're not real men at all. A lotta guys who attack women are too chickenshit to stand up to other men. That applies to Shawn merriman & Chris Brown too.
Will u marry me?
sorry i'm taken

 

09/11/09 3:13 PM

How exactly do the last three posts relate to a thread on overrated authors?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/11/2009 02:14PM by sourfriday.

 

09/20/09 7:34 PM

Stephanie Meyer.

She's terrible.

 

10/09/09 5:01 PM

Dan Brown. I've read Angels and Demons and the Da Vinci Code. They're identical. Same protagonist, a city (Rome vs Paris), a cult, a female sidekick ... Not to mention the man got his historical facts, and the city infrastructure (both cities) wrong. Bad writer. Bad.

 

10/09/09 5:07 PM

chuck palahniuk
nick hornby
irvine welsh
bret easton ellis
douglas coupland
thomas pynchon

 

10/12/09 7:44 AM

fairlightcmi posted:
Miss_Anne_Thropy posted:
Steven King (Yes, I said it, please don't kill me)
JK Rowling
I don't like Stephen King either. His novels are so vulgar and repetitive. He has a vocabulary of like 50 words.

I agree. We read a bunch of Stephen King stories for a literature class i took in college and it was painful. I appreciate that he is descriptive and i respect the man for sure but -and maybe it's just me- it's so hard to read. I love reading and can get through a book pretty fast but it took me a solid week to attempt to finish one of his stories. ughh

 

10/13/09 5:50 PM

seeing_red posted:
chuck palahniuk

Yeah I kinda have to agree with this.

 

10/14/09 7:13 AM

sourfriday posted:
seeing_red posted:
chuck palahniuk

Yeah I kinda have to agree with this.

yeah his last few books have been crappy, still kinda fun to read though.

 

10/14/09 11:40 AM

I find Chuck P amusing at times. Certainly doesn't live up to all the hype though.

 

10/15/09 1:39 PM

chrisgonzo posted:
If he was insecure and jealous of other writer, why would he give quotes for their books saying how good they are?

Yeah, about those quotes... And don't get me wrong, I really enjoy Stephen King's work, but he's quoted as saying that horrible book The Ruins is "the best horror novel of the new century". I almost passed out when I saw that...

 

01/10/10 3:33 PM

Tom Clancy

 

01/10/10 4:31 PM

Dan Brown and memoir related shit is pretty bad.

 
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