Thursday, February 16, 2012

10 Bestselling Books with 80+ One-Star Reviews

This from Galleycat:

One-Star Reviews for Bestselling Books at

1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (669 one-star reviews)
2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (396 one-star reviews)
3. A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin (344 one-star reviews)
4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (169 one-star reviews)
5. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (157 one-star reviews)
6. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich (119 one-star reviews)
7. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (118 one-star reviews)
8. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (191 one-star reviews)
9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (96 one-star reviews)
10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (81 one-star reviews)

Not that I'm encouraging one-star reviews or anything. Just offering up useless information. Be entertained (or encouraged) as suits you...



Blogger Dan said...

Haha. I never read Twilight, only excerpts, so I have no idea how good/bad Meyer is. But I do have to say, I love the Inheritance series, and the Harry Potter books, and I wonder how many people actually read the books and disliked them. I have a ton of friends who are avid readers, and the only complaints they've ever made about Harry Potter are that the earlier books can be a bit simplistic. But Hunger Games? Dragon Tattoo? MARTIN? REALLY? That's surprising.
Then again, maybe it isn't. Anything popular always encourages vehemence on both sides.

10:47 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Yep. I'd say what it comes down to is that whenever enough people read a book a large number of them aren't going to like it. Pick any very popular book and check the one stars...

Da Vinci Code - 721
The Road - 289

Pick your book. If enough people read it, some of them hated it.

4:39 AM  

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