Bad sex award nominees

Filed under: Fun — marcia at 1:23 pm on Saturday, November 22, 2008

Literary Review gives the “bad sex” award “with the aim of gently dissuading authors and publishers from including unconvincing, perfunctory, embarrassing or redundant passages of a sexual nature in otherwise sound literary novels”.

Sex is really hard to write! I don’t normally go for “bad” awards. But these are otherwise good writers (usually) confronting a real writing problem: how do you write sex that isn’t silly, too-graphic, icky, confusing … the list of adjectives goes on. It’s kind of helpful to see what they did wrong (or what they did to rub this one literary journal the wrong way)…

This year’s nominees:
James Buchan for The Gate of Air
Simon Montefiore for Sashenka
John Updike for The Widows of Eastwick
Kathy Lette for To Love, Honour and Betray
Alastair Campbell for All in the Mind
Rachel Johnson for Shire Hell
Isabel Fonseca for Attachment
Ann Allestree for Triptych of a Young Wolf
Russell Banks for The Reserve
Paulo Coelho for Brida

Nominated passage from Allestree’s novel:

“He raised himself to his knees and bent to roll his tongue around her weeping orifice. He was bringing her to a pitch of ecstasy when she heard Madame Veuve, on the landing, put down the supper tray. Whiffs of onion soup strayed over them as he engulfed her. ‘Don’t stop,’ she clamoured; she was nearly there, it was in the bag.”

via Guardian UK


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