What ''bad'' books have done really well?

I've read recently that despite terrible criticism of the author and some horrible reviews from book critics, the new novel called Troubled Blood is selling really well. It's also gotten lots of good small online reviews from the general public.

I'm not interested in getting into a debate about JK Rowling and trans issues but I find this outcome interesting.

Out of interest, what other really controversial and ''awful'' books have become major successes?

6 Answers

  • Ludwig
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    The Catcher in the Rye

  • Verity
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Way back in the 60s, Gore Vidal (an excellent writer by any measure),

    wrote a deliberately bad novel called "Myra Breckinridge".

    It sold like wildfire and, incredibly, was made into a film that was even worse than the book.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. A lot of critics are dismayed Dan Brown is even writing more when he uses the same plot kaleidoscope (bloke and hot female foreign assistant chase after clues while in danger around the globe), all written in a poor,  ultra cliche-ridden, minimally-researched style.

  • 3 weeks ago

    The 50 Shades of Grey books were very successful and were adapted to a very profitable film trilogy.

    However, the books and films have all received poor reviews from professional critics, as well as practitioners of BDSM.

    There are also dozens of Young Adult novels that are written poorly but have a sizable fanbase: Twilight, Divergent, The Maze Runner, etc.

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Hubert Selby Jr.'s "Last Exit to Brooklyn" is not pleasant at all, and did not necessarily get good reviews, and generally ignores the rules of grammar, punctuation and so on. However it went on to become a classic. 

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    E R James and her Fifty Shades of Mummy Porn

    Anything by Barbara Cartland.

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