purple prose

Posted by on Sep 22, 2009 in bad writing, metaphors, purple prose | 1 comment

I love these! Thanks to Southern Review of Books for this posting. It takes a lot of talent to write this bad. Deliberate attempts at bad writing have been popularized by the Bulwer-Lytton awards, named after the British author noted for writing purple prose and melodrama. Another notable effort to encourage readers to submit stretches similes and overwrought metaphors was launched by the Washington Post in 1995 and 1999. Following are some of the noteworthy entries. 1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.2. His thoughts...

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