Here are a few digs by authors at other authors:
Stephen King referred to Stephenie Myer's Twilight as '
Even our own J K has been at the receiving end. Harold Bloom said, 'How to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone? Why very quickly, to begin with, and perhaps also to make an end. Why read it? Presumably, if you cannot be persuaded to read anything better, Rowling will have to do.'
But, some of the best insults come from authors of the past:
Truman Capote's famous put down of Jack Kerouac? 'That's not writing, that's typing.'
Samuel Johnson even accuses Jonathan Swift of plagiarism. In 1791 he said, 'Swift has a higher reputation than he deserves... I doubt whether 'The Tale of a Tub' to be his; for he never owned it, and it is much above his usual manner.'
William Faulkner, in his 1922 comment about Mark Twain manages to insult the author and all of his readers. 'A hack writer who would not have been considered fourth rate in Europe, who tricked out a few of the old proven sure fire literary skeletons with sufficient local
colour to intrigue the superficial and the lazy.'
And, although I'm a Hemingway fan, one of my
favourite author put downs: Vladimir Nabokov in 1972 - 'As to Hemingway, I read him for the first time in the early 'forties, something about bells, balls and bulls, and I loathed it.'
In troubled times it's good to find the art of the author 'put-down' is alive and kicking out.