It's a trend
It is a trend to hate him these days. I never LOVED him, but I really like his work, The Sun Also Rises is my favorite, I hate The Old Man and the Sea. I guess I never became a huge fan because I LOVE anything Faulkner ever wrote, and they were enemies in RL... I read their letters, and it's VERY funny. They send each other these VERY well written letters, that pretty much say "MY STYLE IS COOLER THAN YOURS!" or "YOUR STYLE IS CRAP!"