7 Authors Who Dislike Their Own Books

Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka apparently hated his books and also had a desire to destroy them after they have been completed. He even asked his best friend to promise him that he will burn his unpublished work after he dies. But after all, the friend fortunately chose to publish the books. Now they are available for the world to read, and are greatly admired.

Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming wrote the book The Spy Who Loved Me through a female perspective, intending to highlight the Bond’s misogyny. After the book received a lot of negative reactions, the author regretted publishing it and blocked the printing of the book. However, after Fleming died, the book, previously gone out of print, became more popular.

Stephen King

When Stephen King wrote his book Rage he was writing under the pseudonym Richard Bachmann and he was only 17 years old. As the book depicts a story of a high school boy who kills his teacher and holds the students hostage, people later blamed it for inspiring school shootings. Even King alone was afraid that the book inspired school shootings and massacres by students, and wanted to take it out of publication.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The creator of the beloved character Sherlock Holmes did not think of his detective fiction as quality literature. He spent time writing it only for the money he was getting for it. He believed that he should have spent his time writing different genres of literature preferred by him.

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Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler believed that her third novel Survivor contained too many science fiction clichés. She actually hated the book so much that she ‘disowned’ it. To her it was comparable to ‘offensive sci-fi garbage’.

Anthony Burgess

His book Clockwork Orange similarly to King’s Rage was thought to be an inspiration for violence by the public. Burgess believed that the sexual violence in the movie adaptation of the book was too pronounced and even glorified causing his book to be misunderstood. In one instance he stated ‘The book I am best known for, or only known for, is a novel I am prepared to repudiate’.

Lewis Caroll

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll is one of the most popular, admired and culturally significant books in the world. Lewis Caroll was not displeased by the book itself but by the fame he received by it. A letter was discovered in which he wrote ‘All that sort of publicity leads to hearing of my real name in connection with the books, and to my being pointed out to, and stared at by, strangers, and treated as a ‘lion’.  I hate all that so intensely that sometimes I almost wish I had never written any books at all.’

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