10.15.2008

Bad Sex Literary Award

I was not blogging last year when I heard about this, and I promised myself to post it if I ever started blogging again. This is an excerpt, an excerpt that won him the dubious award for worst sex scene in fiction, from Norman Mailer's 2007 book, The Castle in the Forest:

His mouth lathered with her sap, he turned around and embraced her face with all the passion of his own lips and face, ready at last to grind into her with the Hound, drive it into her piety.

How bad is that!?! I mean, that is awfully bad, isn't it?

3 comments:

Monica said...

Yeah, that's bad, but what's worse is the fact that a few weeks ago, when I was at the Jewish American Lit conference, somebody presented on this book, and actually read this sex scene. The person had virtually no awareness of how bad it was.

fenhopper said...

Tom Wolfe's winning passages:

Slither slither slither slither went the tongue, but the hand that was what she tried to concentrate on, the hand, since it has the entire terrain of her torso to explore and not just the otorhinolaryngological caverns - oh God, it was not just at the border where the flesh of the breast joins the pectoral sheath of the chest - no, the hand was cupping her entire right - Now! She must say 'No, Hoyt' and talk to him like a dog...


and


...the fingers went under the elastic of the panties moan moan moan moan moan went Hoyt as he slithered slithered slithered slithered and caress caress caress caress went the fingers until they must be only eighths of inches from the border of her public hair - what's that! - Her panties were so wet down...there the fingers had definitely reached the outer stand of the field of pubic hair and would soon plunge into the wet mess that was waiting right...therethere


Wolfe argued that his use of otorhinolaryngological made it clear that he was using irony.

"I purposely chose the most difficult scientific word I could to show this is not an erotic scene." Then he explained "There's nothing like a nine-syllable word to chase Eros off the premises."

In creating a scene, if you look like you're failing -- you're failing.

Casey said...

Yeah, wow. Hahaha... that was makes me laugh hard, though. Mailer's just makes me want to never have sex again.