BAD IS GOOD: Long before there was 50 Shades of Gravy, there was Naked Came the Stranger by Penelope Ashe.* This novel, written in 1969, perfected the "art" of terrible writing, tawdry sex scenes, plotless plots, cardboard cutout characters, and dead dialogue decades before today's bestselling smut books. Written by two dozen authors, each one tasked with creating a chapter more poorly written than the last, Naked Came the Stranger was a commercial and critical success. Eventually, the authors revealed the hoax, leading to even more sales. I think the lesson for aspiring authors is that if they can't write well, they need to try writing as poorly as they can. Maybe they'll get rich.
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Steven Tinel is an old school science fiction fan & blogger.
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