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Bulwer-Lytton Contest

Actually, the Bulwer-Lytton contest can go shag itself. At least Bulwer-Lytton was being sincere.

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  1. Maire Smith | July 7, 2010 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Indeed. And his first phrase has become hackneyed precisely because it’s a memorable opening.

  2. Jet Simian | July 7, 2010 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Hear hear! My naturally-tortured prose doesn’t need the competition from those wiseacres!

  3. Pearce | July 7, 2010 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    It’s not even a matter of sincerity. That isn’t even mock-bad writing (which would be annoying enough) – it’s just a series of laboured jokes and bad puns.

  4. morgue | July 7, 2010 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Bulwer-Lytton was florid as get-out but he could apparently turn a phrase like nobody’s business. Pen is mightier than the sword! The almighty dollar! If wikipedia is to be trusted, at least.

    Pearce: yeah. It’s a contest ostensibly about bad writing that is actually about bad comedy. It really darkens my stormy.