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Published:December 1st, 2009 12:11 EST

"Work Of Genius" Wins Bad Sex In Fiction Award

By Robert Paul Reyes

 

"Author Jonathan Littell has won the 17th annual Bad Sex In Fiction Award, for his novel The Kindly Ones.

Judges at the Literary Review gave him the bad sex prize for a passage that begins: `This sex was watching at me, spying on me, like a Gorgon`s head`.

In one excerpt, the author describes a sexual encounter as `a jolt that emptied my head like a spoon scraping the inside of a soft-boiled egg.`" BBC.Com


Littell is a respected writer, and his novel "The Kindly Ones" has sold over a million copies in Europe.

Littell writes about sex as if he is channeling an extraterrestrial being who has no idea how human beings have sex.

"A jolt that emptied my head like a spoon scraping the inside of a soft-boiled egg" doesn`t read like a description of a sexual climax, rather it brings to mind a convict strapped to an electric chair as a jolt of electricity sends him straight to hell.

Gorgon`s head? Keep it simple Mr. Littell! When depicting a sex scene, a reference to Penthouse Forum letters is better than allusion to Greek mythology.

My advice for Littell: Try getting some, and the sex passages in your novels will improve.

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