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These #BadSex Scenes Will Make You Laugh, Cry, Cringe

It’s that time of year again! Every year, The Literary Review announces its short list of nominees for what’s been dubbed “Britain’s Most Dreaded Literary Prize,” the Bad Sex Award. This special literary achievement is reserved for the crudest, most cringeworthy, most awkwardly written sex scenes in modern literature. Erotica is excluded, because that would be too easy. Obviously, the woman who writes all that dinosaur porn would have won. But since her description of triceratops peen is not in the running, we’ll have to consider phrases like “Often my flesh went so dry we would squeak like a rubber shoe-sole on linoleum tile” and “He dunked his amorous biscuit in her teacup of love.” Um, YES. Lucky for us, The Literary Review tweeted some teasers, which I’ve shared after the jump. I personally recommend doing a dramatic reading of them with your coworkers. That’s what’s happening over here at Frisky HQ. [Washington Post] Keep reading »

And The Prize For The Unsexiest Sex Writing Goes To …

Take a bow, Rowan Somerville, you’ve written some spectacularly unsexy sex stuff. At least according to the Literary Review, which doles out an annual award to the worst sex writing in fiction. Somerville beat out authors Jonathan Franzen, Craig Raine, Adam Moss and a slew of others for his unappealing descriptions of sex in the novel The Shape of Her. The winning (losing) selection of prose? Somerville compared a sex act to “a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect.” Ouch. The Bad Sex in Fiction Award was founded in 1993, and highlights “the crude, tasteless, and often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in contemporary novels.” Previous Bad Sex winners include Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer, and John Updike. [Yahoo] Keep reading »

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