10 Immensely Popular Authors Who I do not enjoy reading!

The title of this article should be self-explanatory. I’ve always been amazed how the world views on an author can differ so vastly from your own personal views. On the one hand, these authors are world renowned and their works are appreciated globally by a majority of the world population, yet I find it difficult to enjoy their writings for multiple reasons.

1. Shakespeare: He’s the prima donna among writers across all centuries. However, the last time I tried reading him was Othello after Omkara was released  and did not manage to make much headway.

2. Stephen King: This one is strange. I should actually like his books but for some strange reason it doesn’t work for me!

3. Jack Higgins:  I find his writing too cliched, including his most famous work “The Eagle has Landed“. In Jack Higgins’ novel, The Iron Tiger, they speak about “The Hour of the Dove, the time for lovers to unburden their hearts to each other.”

4. John Le Carre:  Author of many novels, including his latest ” A Delicate Truth“, I find his writing very slow and pondering and lose interest midway through the books.

5. VS Naipaul: An author of Indian origins, I have read most of his books, but, did not enjoy any. I get the feeling that there is a personal bias in my head that makes me not like him and thus his books.

6. Clive Cussler: Clive Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt®, in 1973. Cussler’s books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. However, Dirk Pitt does not cut if for me, specially the comical exchanges that he has with his sidekick.

7. David Baldacci: David is the international bestselling author of 26 novels. His novels are published in over 45 languages in more than 80 countries. Hi latest novel The Innocent is now in the top 20 best selling books of 2013! I am still confused as to why all his books are bestsellers – he makes even the most exciting story premise mundane with his writing.

8. Sue Grafton:  Sue Grafton’s ALPHABET SERIES,is  the A-Z chronological series following private investigator Kinsey Millhone.  Sue Grafton entered the mystery field in 1982 with the publication of ‘A’ Is for Alibi, which introduced female hard-boiled private investigator, Kinsey Millhone, operating out of the fictional town of Santa Teresa, (aka Santa Barbara) California. I did not get beyond A in her alphabetical mystery series which is currently at the alphabet U.

9. Robin Cook: Ever since his debut as a medical thriller writer more than 30 years ago, Robin Cook, M.D., has used everything from organ transplants to alien viruses as the subject of his novels. In his latest, “Nano,” he tackles nanotechnology.  I’ve never found any one interesting or even thrilling to read. The plots and twists are so predictable and put me to sleep.

Ian Fleming
There is only one James Bond!

10. Ian Fleming: His first novel, Casino Royale turned 60 in April this year! Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel introduced the English spy to the world and the movies made history. I would rather see the movies which have nothing to do with the books, because the film makers also realized that just borrowing the character names, title of the book was enough, story and writing style – baaah!

So which authors are your Achilles heel? Do leave your comments and we can discuss the merits :-D!!

About the Author: Ashwini Mathur is a resident of Hyderabad. In the past he has worked at GSK Pharmaceuticals as a Senior General Manager and at Novartis after that. He has a Master’s degree in Mathematics from IIT Delhi, a PhD in bio-statistics from University and College Berkeley, California and an executive MBA from IIM Bangalore.


  1. I’m not a fan of Chetan Bhagat though there is a pointless hue and cry about his books.. Never liked his style of writing

  2. Fortunately
    or unfortunately, I connect only with what I write, sometimes these
    authors overdo it, with complex words making no sense at all. One
    example is Durjoy Dutta, his books scream FICTION, fiction ko bhi sharm
    aajae aisi stories hoti hai.

    • That’s
      because such books (Dutta’s) find a crazy market in india. If he had
      been somewhere apart from India, his fiction would have been smothered.
      Such people arouse extreme jealousy in people who put in sincere efforts
      in producing something different.

  3. As long as your dredging up authors we’ve read as children and teenagers…here are a few

    Salman Rushdie except for midnight’s children and shame. The rest – he’s trying too hard

    Dick Francis – too horsey!
    Desmond bagley – the poor mans Alastair Maclean (whatever that means )

  4. Desmond
    Bagley, Nevil Shute – never really got into them. Agree Salman tries
    too hard. Paulo I feel is overrated though I liked his Eleven Minutes.

    • I love Shakespeare comedies. The rest also didn’t inspire me much barring a few by Stephen King.

  5. If you cannot appreciate Shakespeare… then I really don’t know how can appreciate English literature?

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