View Full Version : The winner of Britain's Bad Sex in Fiction Award 2002 will be named Tuesday

Dec 4th, 2002, 08:46 AM
Hard to believe, but apparently true....

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Oddly Enough - Reuters

Bad Sex Prize Up for Grabs
Mon Dec 2, 2:04 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - The winner of Britain's Bad Sex in Fiction Award 2002 will be named Tuesday, with hunchbacks taking on flamingos for the country's least coveted literary award.

Eleven novelists have been nominated for the 10th annual award which aims to highlight and discourage "crude, tasteless and often perfunctory" sex scenes.

Hollywood actor and writer Ethan Hawke makes the shortlist along with British author Will Self and publisher Nicholas Coleridge.

Jeffrey Eugenides' acclaimed comic epic "Middlesex" boasts one of the most memorable passages, recalling Victor Hugo's tragic creation the "Hunchback of Notre Dame."

It reads: "I brought her up to me. And then my body, like a cathedral, broke out into ringing. The hunchback in the belfry had jumped and was swinging madly on the rope."

Will Self turned to nature for his memorable love scene in "Dorian," a reworking of Oscar Wilde's classic "The Picture of Dorian Gray."

"They were like two flamingos, each attempting to filter the nutriment out of the other with great slurps of their muscular tongues."

Coleridge looked to the stars for his sex scene in "Godchildren."

"This was so wrong, it was all so wrong, but Mary's strength to resist was ebbing away; she was like a tiny meteor drawn into the orbit of some great planet."

Ethan Hawke, who starred in the films "Dead Poets Society" and "Snow Falling on Cedars," set his sex scene from the novel "Ash Wednesday" in a car parked outside a bus station.

"I knew I had reached the moment my life had been waiting for. I was going to be a father and a husband. I spanked her bottom and cranked up the tunes."

Past winners of the awards, organized by the Literary Review magazine, include broadcaster and author Melvyn Bragg, critic and writer A.A. Gill and novelist Sebastian Faulks.

Dec 4th, 2002, 03:30 PM
Pin-striped tumble wins Bad Sex prize

Michelle Pauli
Wednesday December 4, 2002

The 'most dreaded literary prize' has been won by Wendy Perriam for a description of pin-striped sex in her novel Tread Softly.
The annual Literary Review Bad Sex prize is awarded to the worst description of sex in a contemporary novel. This year's winner includes the lines "Weirdly, he was clad in pin-stripes at the same time as being naked. Pin-stripes were erotic, the uniform of fathers, two-dimensional fathers. Even Mr Hughes's penis had a seductive pin-striped foreskin."

"Coming a close second" was Nicolas Coleridge for a passage in his novel Godchildren, in which he describes a man stroking his lover "like a groom reassuring a frightened foal".

Other literary big-hitters featured on the longlist were Hari Kunzru, also shortlisted for both the Whitbread First Novel Award and Guardian First Book Award; Will Self for Dorian; Jeffrey Eugenides for Middlesex; actor-turned-writer Ethan Hawke; and Canongate's rising star, Michel Faber, for The Crimson Petal and the White.

Wendy Perriam, who has been nominated for the prize three times in a row, said that she was "stunned but pleased" by her win, insisting that the winning scene had been intended to be humorous.

She attributes her interest in sex to her convent upbringing. "We were taught that sex was wicked and so I became totally fascinated by it," she explains. "In a sense I write sex scenes as I still want to be sure that it really happens and that people are taking the risk of going to hell..."

"Sex can still be such an unknown subject that the secrets of the bedroom are a real area for novelists to explore, especially to shed light on character," she added.

The prize, presented this year by socialite Nicky Haslam, is a semi-abstract statue representing sex in the 1950s.

The award was set up by the literary critic Rhoda Koenig and the late editor of the Literary Review Auberon Waugh in 1993. Previous winners include Christopher Hart for his description of love-making as a polar exploration, AA Gill, Sebastian Faulks and Alan Titchmarsh.