I had to snort with laughter at a headline earlier this week:
The article claims:
Fictional bad sex is just too much for folks to handle in the hellish coronavirus pandemic-stricken year of 2020.
That’s according to the organizers of Britain’s Bad Sex in Fiction award who have canceled this year’s prize after “weeks of deliberation.”
The judges of the annual prize given out by the British magazine, Literary Review, “felt that the public had been subjected to too many bad things this year to justify exposing it to bad sex as well,” the magazine said.
The cancelation of the 2020 awards should not be taken as a license to write bad sex scenes, the judges warned.
There’s more at the link.
Of course, the same thing could be said of many aspects of fiction in this all-too-nasty 2020. Who would have thought that dystopian fiction would become reality on the streets of far too many American cities? Or that free speech would become so bound up and ensorcelled by the inanities of political correctness? Or that “free and fair” elections in the most democratic nation on earth should deteriorate into unfree, unfair and even criminal machinations?
I think I’ll call for submissions for a new anthology. The theme will be “Bad politically correct sex during manipulated elections in a dystopian urban nightmare”. Suggestions for storylines are welcome in Comments!