The 5 Worst Books Ever Written

The 5 Worst Books Ever Written

These books were literally word crap.
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Many believe that any fame, good or bad, is positive. That's a lie. In the world of books where fame and recognition is for better or for worse in the most popular series, there are indeed many literary gems. However, for as many gems as there are, there are an equal amount of rocks. Some books inspire people, other books make you want to die. Here's a list of some of the worst books I could find. I've included links to the Amazon pages on the off chance you actually want to buy these books.

1. "Twilight" series (2007) by Stephanie Meyer

"Sleep, my Bella. Dream happy dreams. You are the only one who has ever touched my heart. It will always be yours. Sleep, my only love."

“You are making me insane, Bella."

The brood mother of all teen vampire books and movies, "Twilight's" success in the mid-2000s generated several movies and spin-offs, and the ire of readers everywhere. Stephanie Meyer's foray into the genre generated equal amounts of hatred and love for her story of a pedophile vampire who fought with a shirtless wolfman over Kristen Stewart. Psychology Today even ran an article talking about the potentially damaging lessons "Twilight" taught about relationships warning young readers. "Twilight" has become for a great deal of people, that one summer you accidentally killed a homeless man. You know it happened, but you hope if you don't talk about it for long enough everyone will forget.


2. "Atlanta Nights" (2005) by Travis Tea

“Mmm-hmm. Come and get this big Afros and indescribably tender. His hands moved surely. Recover for a mess. She'd have noticed if it had so impetuously across the pelting Georgia Girl Grill."

“His Blackberry was a girl to appreciate the usual number of white, carefully capped teeth. Just remember-- I've got her peerless eyes."

Unlike the above example, "Atlanta Nights" was deliberately designed to be a bad book. Published by several authors under the name Travis Tea, the book was designed to be as terrible as possible to test the publishing company PublishAmerica for vanity publishing, essentially publishing books without reviewing them. They released this awful work of fiction and surprisingly, the company approved to publish the book. The story's plot is nonsensical with characters and events changing in every single chapter. "Atlanta Nights" is written incredibly badly, with some creative writing courses using the book as a guideline for how not to write. The above quotes are from the Chapter 34, which was created by the Bonsai Story Generated which simply rearranges text based on input. The chapter was made completely randomly by a computer and then was published.


3."Fifty Shades Of Grey" (2011) by E.L James

“His voice is warm and husky like dark melted fudge chocolate caramel...or something. “

“Don't you like the butt drawer?"

“He's my very own Christian Grey Popsicle."

In the same vein as "Twilight," "Fifty Shades of Grey" suffers from immense popularity whilst simultaneously being accused of being poorly written. The series covering the relationship between Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey and their sexual exploitation that delved into explicit detail involving bondage and other kinks. Described as “Twilight but with sex," "Fifty Shades of Grey" actually began its life as "Twilight" fanfiction, so the roots of the book were completely screwed from the beginning. The two versions are so similar that E.L. James has attempted to remove the original “Master of the Universe," (what a crappy name) from every web source possible due to it being so close to his actual work.

4. Eye of Argon (1970) by Jim Theis

"Prepare to embrace your creators in the stygian haunts of hell, barbarian", gasped the first soldier.

"Only after you have kissed the fleeting stead of death, wretch!" returned Grignr.

"You make love well wench," admitted Grignr as he reached for the vessel of potent wine his charge had been quaffing."

"The Eye of Argon," released by Theis when he was 16 years old, has the makings of a young, successful first work by an eager and talented author. This is not the case. Often described as the worst fantasy novella ever written, "The Eye of Argon" is difficult to read with a straight face. The original published version was full of typos and reflected Theis's poor understanding of grammar and artistry, as he decided to draw his own awful art for the story.


The author's overtly descriptive means can stretch on for paragraphs with the first one in the book trailing on about a lizard that has nothing to do with the rest of the story. In another part of the book someone is kicked in the testicles for multiple paragraphs. For several years many versions of the novella that were still in circulation had no ending and reproductions can only attempt to recapture just how bad the original actually was. Fortunately, someone had produced a decent recreation, complete with all of the misspellings and drawings.

5. "Moon People" (2000) by Dale Courtney

“This Story Begins on a beautiful sunny day in Daytona Beach Florida with a man by the name of David Brayner. A 45-year old single man that works in the local high school as a science teacher."

“As Dave pulls into Cheral's place, he sees many many of the regular locals parked in the parking lot like normal."

“Braymer did you hear the news? Sure [sic] David replied. “I'm going to hook up my new telescope we will watch it as it gets close. This is a special telescope that can see during the day."

This book is so bad, Huffington Post did an article chronicling just how awful it actually is. You can actually read part of the book on Amazon through the 'look inside' option. I wouldn't recommend it though, as such a literary mess is almost stressful to look through. The book chronicles the journey of David Brayner, a science teacher-turned-astronaut, or something. I'm genuinely uncertain what was going on in the portion of the book I was able to read. I honestly can't say a lot about this one; it's really so terrible that there's not one specific point to begin. In a twist of irony, the reviews for the book are delightfully sarcastic, highlighting the book's many shortcomings.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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10 Places From Movies And TV You Can Visit In Real Life

It's like stepping into Hollywood!

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I am constantly so enamored by the world of Hollywood and by going to visit places I have seen on screen. It's always such an unreal feeling to see where my favorite pieces of entertainment were shot. Here are 10 places from some of our favorite movies to see and visit in the real world!

The High School from "10 Things I Hate About You"

If you have ever wanted to dance on the same stairs as Heath Ledger or just stand in the same courtyard as Julia Stiles then you're in luck! Along the water in Tacoma, Washington, Stadium High School is located which was used both inside and out as the high school from one of the greatest teen movies of all time. This school is massive and so beautiful it's almost Hogwarts level stunning.

Pacific Coast Academy from  "Zoey 101"

Growing up I always dreamed about going to Pacific Coast Academy and being best friends with Jamie Lynn Spears and one of those things can (kinda) become a reality! Located in Malibu is a beautiful campus called Pepperdine University and it is the school they used to shoot scenes of Zoey and the gang at PCA. It is a christian based college and is prestigious in it's own right so if unlike me you are smart enough you can live out my dreams.

Central City Police Department from "The Flash"

Have you ever wanted to show up to Detective Joe West's place of work? Well head to the Vancouver City Hall in Vancouver, Canada and you will recognize your surroundings as the Central City Police Department! If you are lucky enough to show up on a filming day, you might even seen the man himself — Barry Allen.

Forks High School from The Twilight Saga

Personally, I am more invested in Bella and Jacob but for all my Team Edward ladies (and gentleman) you can visit the real-life school where Bella and Edward first met and their love blossomed into whatever obsessive weird thing it was. They also used the parking lot at this school to film the infamous scene where Edward saves Bella from getting crushed by a car. The school is called Kalama High School and is located in Kalama, Washington

Max And Dani's House from "Hocus Pocus"

Anyone with taste loves the movie Hocus Pocus — that's just facts! And I have some good news for fans of the film...you can visit the infamous Denison house! Located in none other than Salem, Massachusetts you will find this beautiful home where my favorite siblings once lived.

Silent Hill from "Silent Hill"

I will say before talking about this place that visiting it is EXTREMELY dangerous as just like in the movie the town as been burning from below for years and years. This small town is called Centralia and is located Pennsylvania and has a roaring population of about four people.

Hobbiton from "Lord Of The Rings"

I am personally not a fan of Lord of the Rings but I know a lot of people are so I wanted to include this super cool place on the list. If you ever find yourself in New Zealand you can visit Hobbinton from the movies and spend a day living like your favorite characters.

Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter Series

Now this place will unfortunately be packed with muggles of course but you can find it at King's Cross Station in London! If you are anything like me and are obsessed with these magical movies this is a dream destination just don't run too hard at the wall if you're a muggle it will probably end in a concussion.

East High from the High School Musical Saga

Located in Salt Lake City Utah is the real life East High that was used in the filming of all three High School Musical movies. It is my absolute dream to attend this high school and walk the halls of the greatest high school of all time. They used both the outside and inside and the school so every inch of the school will remind you of these great teen movies.

Gus and Hazel's Bench from "The Fault in Our Stars" 

If you ever wanted to visit the site of this kiss between star crossed lovers you're in luck! Located along a canal in Amsterdam is a bench that is clearly marked by all the fault in our stars graffiti. Recreate this cute picture with your significant other and use a quote from the movie — then you'll just win in life.

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