Do we need an award for bad sex scenes in books?
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As the end-of-year awards season begins, from Sports Personality of the Year to Time's Person of the Year, the prize everyone is longing to know about is this: the Literary Review's Bad Sex in Fiction Award. This year's winner is Christopher Bollen, for a passage in The Destroyers where he compared male genitalia to a billiard rack. Sexy, it ain't. It's easy to titter and snigger, and most people enjoy a terrible euphemism, but dedicating an entire award to bad writing about a particular element of life seems to perpetuate the need for books to be dripping in sexual content. Instances of terrible conversations, fight scenes and descriptions are much less publicised and picked over. We might also question exactly why bad writing deserves a medal at all. After all, isn't bad writing what we're trying not to do?
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