bad writing

Posted by on Sep 27, 2009 in adjectives, adverbs, bad writing, The Eye of Argon | 1 comment

More is Less So I just discovered The Eye of Argon, written by Jim Theis in 1970, when Theis was 16 years old. It’s a heroic fantasy novella and considered to be some of the worst writing in fantasy. Considering he was 16, it’s not bad. I figure it’s a brilliant example of overwriting, a study in obscure adjectives and unnecessary adverbs. Don’t worry, excerpts are coming. The Eye of Argon follows the journey of the warrior, Gringr, who spends much of the story trying to escape the king’s dungeon. It’s evolved into a popular game at Sci Fi conventions, namely to see how long a person can...

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Posted by on Sep 22, 2009 in bad writing, metaphors, purple prose | 1 comment

I love these! Thanks to Southern Review of Books for this posting. It takes a lot of talent to write this bad. Deliberate attempts at bad writing have been popularized by the Bulwer-Lytton awards, named after the British author noted for writing purple prose and melodrama. Another notable effort to encourage readers to submit stretches similes and overwrought metaphors was launched by the Washington Post in 1995 and 1999. Following are some of the noteworthy entries. 1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.2. His thoughts...

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