The Erotic Review have announced that they are to introduce an award for writing good sex in fiction. The publishers state that they want to remove the seediness associated with erotic writing and the counter the infamous Bad Sex Award which is held each year by The Literary Review.
Lisa Moylett, publisher, told The Times newspaper: “We are throwing down the gauntlet. No more ‘bad sex’ writing. That is not something we should be celebrating.” The publisher was recently joined by Mariella Frostrup, editor of the recently released Desire: 100 of
Literature’s Sexiest Stories,at The Times Cheltenham
Literature Festival and backed this point up.
Speaking of the award, Toby Lichtig recently wrote in, The Guardian Newspaper - 'In a sense, my question is: what is good sex in fiction as opposed to
mere pornography? (Which also leads me to ask: does good fiction
suddenly stop becoming good if it's arousing?) I suppose one problem is
that sex is so often idealised in books, as it is in films.
Earth-moving, transcendental, simultaneously-orgasmic sex is far more
common in the history of the world's storytelling than is an awkward,
exhausted and querulous quickie between setting the alarm and getting up
to calm the baby. But good bad sex (the embarrassment, the mutual
misunderstanding) should be honoured in fiction no more nor less than
the real fireworks.'
Personally I take all of the points listed above, and I suppose an award for good sex writing is no different to awards for writing in other genres, The Daggers, for instance given for good crime writing but there will always be an element of sniggering where sex is involved. Hey, it's the British way and the award is not really going to be called A STIFFIE you know. Though, I can't help thinking that maybe it should.