Unlike bad sex, “the elements of bad sex writing can be harder to pin down,” says Maria Yagoda. We may cringe when we read it, but what exactly makes a sex scene so bad?
According to Frank Brinkley, assistant editor at Literary Review and spokesperson for this year’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award, the usual crime in bad sex writing is hyperbole, says Yagoda.
This year’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award, which will be awarded tomorrow, the most recurring crime in terms of bad sex writing is hyperbole. Take this passage from Morrissey’s List of the Lost, last year’s winner:
Just as it does during sex, trying too hard usual ruins the literary moment.