Friday, July 2, 2010

Bulwer-Lytton Awards Announced!

This is a must read for every author, and actually anyone who loves a bad pun or revels in the worst of prose:

Awarded every year since 1982 by persons nobody seems to know, they are in honor of the worst piece of prose ever written:

"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents--except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."

--Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford (1830)

Note I copied it straight from the B-L website and it is not a copyright infringement. The more appropriate question might be whether some prose could actually be so bad as to be unworthy of copyright. Unfortunately any group of words strung together in sufficient number as to be identifiable and unique, and using any barely meaningful grammar so as to be roughly intelligible is considered to be under copyright from the date of its creation.

But you'll have to go to the site itself to read this year's Big Winners. Or Big Losers, as the case might be.

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