The Bulwer-Lytton Contest
December 16, 2004 3:40 AM Subscribe
The worst opening lines to the worst novels never written.
An international literary parody contest, the competition honors the memory (if not the reputation) of Victorian novelist Edward George Earl Bulwer-Lytton
(1803-1873). The goal of the contest is childishly simple: entrants are challenged to submit bad opening sentences to imaginary novels.
The original bad opening sentence and inspiration for the contest? From Bulwer-Lytton's novel Paul Clifford
, and made famous by Snoopy
: ""It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents--except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."
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