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Rowling misses out on Bad Sex award

21 November 2012

From The Bookseller:

J K Rowling has been overlooked in the nominations for the Literary Review’s Bad Sex award.

Despite attracting headlines for the graphic content of her first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy (Little, Brown), the book has not made the eight-strong list.

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[The award] was established to: “draw attention to the crude, badly written, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it”.

E L James’ bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey was not considered, as the prize does not cover pornographic or expressly erotic literature.

Link to the rest at The Bookseller

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13 Comments to “Rowling misses out on Bad Sex award”

  1. Huh.

    Okay, so these people are on a campaign to stop badly written sex scenes.

    A worthy goal.

    Personally, I’d like to be on the committee. Now that I think about it, I have strong opinions about this topic, and I would like to read tons of books just to determine if the sex in them works well or not.

    Is there a salary for being on this committee? I might change professions.

  2. It’s a noble sacrifice you’re considering, Mira. My hat’s off to you. In the event you need employees at any point, I understand there’s some unemployment in the ranks of literary agents.

  3. Bridget, I wrote a response to you about how this was probably a hard job, but I deleted it. I think this is a family site.

    I’ll put it in my next badly written sex book. It might win this award.

    As for hiring a literary agent, I’d definitely consider it. They should send me a query, and I’ll hand them a contract. They don’t need to read or understand the contract, just sign it. I’m their advocate and they can trust me.

  4. A noble cause. I suppose committee members must be a hardy stock whose eyes will not bleed, nor their genitals voluntarily wilt.

    I read a winner’s excerpt a few years back and I still wish I hadn’t. It was unforgettably, unforgivably bad.

    The horror.

  5. James’ 50 Shades should have stayed on fanfiction.net where it belongs.

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