Tomorrow, hats (and perhaps other articles of clothing) will go off to the winning author of Literary Review’s 19th annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award.
The award isn’t literally celebrating awful lovemaking (though we wouldn’t mind if it, since we embrace talking and writing about all sorts of copulation). According to Literary Review’s website:
The purpose of the prize is to draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it. The prize is not intended to cover pornographic or expressly erotic literature.
Nominees spanned all genres of literature from around the world—and we mean all—including 11.22.63 by Stephen King. Other entrants included The Final Testament of the Holy Bible by James Frey, Parallel Stories by Péter Nádas, and 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, among eight others.
Literary Review has been tweeting up a storm to get us all excited about the announcement of the winner. Here are a few prime examples:
. . . We can’t wait to find out who will win the honor!