Wednesday, November 30, 2011

19th Annual Bad Sex in Fiction Awards

I came across an interesting article the other day. The headline was "Stephen King, Haruki Murakami cited for Bad Sex in Fiction".

Apparently there is an award for writing bad sex scenes. Who knew?

When I researched further, I discovered the award is given by Literary Review magazine. This year is the 19th anniversary of the award!

Most of the nominees are writers of literary works. In fact, John Updike has been given the dubious honor of a Lifetime Achievement Award for writing bad sex scenes.

As a writer of male/male romance I always do my best to make my sex scenes realistic, yet romantic so I was curious. Just how bad are these sex scenes?

Pretty bad. Some of them are flat and awkward and some are (I'm assuming) unintentionally funny.

For example:

"He smelled vulnerably digestive, warm-blooded, moist, and just now, breast-fed."

Or how about:

"Now he realised that he was inside [her], ejaculating toward her uterus."

And my personal favorite:

"He poked her now from the front and now from the back and now from the side."


I've read a lot of m/m romance and erotica and I've never seen anything like these. Nice to know we genre writers are getting it right. LOL

For more samples of good sex gone bad, check out Literary Review's Twitter Feed: @Lit_Review

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