Juniper the Gooseman (jdeguzman) wrote,
Juniper the Gooseman
jdeguzman

It Was a Dark and Stormy Bulwer-Lytton...

snoopy-good-writing-is-hard-work

The results of the Bulwer-Lytton contest are in, and they're pretty amusing.

The Bulwer-Lytton contest, for those that don't know, is an award given for the worst opening sentence of an imaginary novel. It's run by Dr. Scott Rice, who was chair of the San Jose State English department when I was an undergraduate. It's named after the author of Paul Clifford (which opens "It was a dark and stormy night..."), now-obscure Victorian Novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Prof. Rice is responsible for me reading The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman in the first place, so I am forever indebted to him.

Fun fact: Andi Watson alludes to the Bulwer-Lytton Contest in Glister 1: Haunted Teapot, in which the eponymous teapot is haunted by a Bulwer-Lytton stand-in, who is incensed that his legacy is that of a contest that rewards purposely bad writing.

Originally published at Jennifer de Guzman.

Tags: academia, writing
Subscribe

  • Special Cases

    Originally published at Possible Impossibilities. You can comment here or there. We creative types think we’re so special. So special that…

  • An Apocalypse Too Late

    Originally published at Possible Impossibilities. You can comment here or there. I’ve been writing. Well, re-writing. Ten years ago, I…

  • Faking It, Chapter Two, Part Three – Cabal

    Originally published at Possible Impossibilities. You can comment here or there. Cabal Jamie and I, like most teenage girls, were plotters. A…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 1 comment