Brilliantly Bad Starts
There's a great article in the Guardian Book Blog today, highlighting some of the winning entries for the The Bulwer-Lytton award for brilliantly bad starts.
Here's the classic inspiring opener from the contest's namesake:
“It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.” — Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford (1830)
Do check out the article; it's especially worth it to read this year's winning entry.