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Dark and Stormy Rides Again: The Best (?) from the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest (Bulwer-Lytton Contest) Paperback – July 1, 1996


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  • Series: Bulwer-Lytton Contest
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140254900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140254907
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James Yanni on March 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the fifth of, to date, five collections of entries from the annual Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest. This is a contest, named after Sir Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, whose 1830 novel, "Paul Clifford", opened with the instant cliche, "It was a dark and stormy night...". The object of the contest is to write the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels, generally by using impossibly complex and tangled syntax combined with vermillion-purple prose, guaranteeing that no noun is without more than its share of excessively flamboyant adjectives, no verb without more than its share of ridiculously flamboyant adverbs, and if possible including an incomprehensible or mixed (or incomprehensibly mixed) metaphor.
If you enjoy the language enough to appreciate attempts to pillory those who abuse it, and have a sense of humor such that you find satire to be an appropriate form of pillorying, you will enjoy this book (and any of the others in the series, "It Was A Dark And Stormy Night", "Son Of It Was A Dark And Stormy Night", "It Was A Dark And Stormy Night: The Final Conflict", and "Bride Of Dark And Stormy"). I found this one to be on a par with "Final Conflict", which is to say, better than the original, but not quite as good as "Son Of...". (I've yet to track down a copy of "Bride Of...", so I can't compare this one to that one.)
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This MUST-READ book includes selected submissions to the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, including the the one that won me the grand prize in 1993 (pause while I take a deep bow). The premise of the contest is to write the worst imaginable opening sentence to a ficticious novel, and over the years, thousands of would-be winners have knocked themselves out creating some of the most hilarious dreck to ever grace the pages of a book. The entries encompass literally (pun intended), every genre of literature and will have you laughing until you cry (especially the ones I wrote on introduction page 2, page 12 and on page 30). Enjoy!!!!
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