Rotten Erotica: The WORST Sex Scenes in Classic Literature

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Sex in literature: gratuitous add-on or sensual essential? One thing's for sure, some writers just get it wrong. So bad is some sex in fiction, that the Brits have a literary prize for it. Providing a good annual giggle among the UK's literary establishment, the aim of the Literary Review's Bad Sex Award is purportedly: "to draw attention to the crude, badly written, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it". Discourage it?! We all enjoy other people's hilariously awkward sex way too much to want to do that.

Of course, sex in literature is nothing new, and sex doesn't get much more awkward than in the classics. Cringe-worthy euphemisms rub limbs with bizarre bawdiness, birthing fiction you definitely wouldn't want to lend to your mom. Or child. Or any decent human being. Let's face it, sometimes you just don't need to hear about octopus bestiality. 'Nuff said.

So check out the top eight sex flops in literature, if you can deal with just how awkward they are!

- By Kate Hutchings @uk_crumpet

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