Literary Kitty wants you to know that there are some really bad writers out there. To prove his point, he shared [sic] Humor: Where Every New Book is the Worst I’ve Ever Read. The author of the blog sets up the mission:
“My work involves reading lots of books. Many of these books are terrible. Allow me to share with you their incredible mutations of both the English language and the ancient tradition of storytelling.”
It’s been said that many aspiring writers really don’t want to write a book, they want to have written a book. Too bad this wish sometimes translates into action that produces very bad prose.
We’re reminded of what one of Oklahoma’s great storytellers, S.E. Hinton, said at an awards ceremony several years ago. She was responding to a question about her lack of output in recent years. Hinton said she didn’t write anything during those years because she didn’t have anything to say. Then she added, “If more writers would do this, we’d have better books.” Amen.
We’ll share a sample from the site with you below, and then you can visit [sic] Humor yourself to discover more inadvertently humorous sentences and paragraphs. It’s a great place for Bulwer-Lytton fans!
You are correct, Mrs. Abrams. I am Penelope, daughter of Lilith. We meet again. What you have just witnessed is my father. He has never seen me, nor I him. I knew ten years ago that Nikki would grow up to resemble my mother. That is the main reason that there is such a strong bond between your daughter and me. She is like my spirit-mate in more ways than one. In many ways she is like my mother. In many more she is like me when I was her age. It is no wonder that my father is confused.”
We’re not so much confused as bored. Honestly, does anyone talk this way?