4 thoughts on “Bulwer-Lytton Contest”

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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