People Thought “Dianetics” Was a Joke
What was instantly noticeable about “Dianetics” was how wildly different it was from anything Hubbard had written before. He had traded concise and interesting fictional writing for a self-help book full of ramblings that felt far more like opinion than fact. People were also put off by how joky and quirky in nature it was, despite making some rather serious claims about our place in the universe. And while many people dismissed the book, they had no idea what it was about to spawn.