20 Jan 2014

MEDIA MONDAY SPECIAL: NOT AN AWARD I'D LIKE TO WIN.

As much as most of us blog for our own pleasure and enjoyment I think we'd agree that whether it being someone leaving a comment, choosing to follow us or sending us an award its nice to be acknowledged. I for one however would be appalled to think I'd even been nominated for this award let alone won it.

Yes, I'm talking about the Hatchet Job Of The Year award in which according to THIS ARTICLE .......


Eight of the most cutting reviews of last year are in contention for the prize honouring literary criticisms most poisonous pens.

The contenders and the reviews for which they were nominated can be found HERE.

Mind you according to THIS 2009 ARTICLE I don't think I'd be too eager to win any of these awards either ......
  • Stinky Shoe: I think this one pretty much speaks for itself but you might be interested to know that the sneakers are judged on the condition of the sole, tongue, heel, toe, laces/velcro and eyelets as well as the all important odour.  
  • Bad Sex In Fiction: An award that may not be new to regulars of Pen and Paper. My 2013 post can be found HERE. The winner by the way being Manil Suri for his third novel, The City of Devi.  
  • Stella: An American award for those who file outrageous lawsuits.
  • Darwin: Given to those who 'do a service to humanity by accidentally removing themselves from the gene pool'.
  • Ernie: An Australian award, the 'Ernies' are awarded to individuals/companies who make sexist remarks/do something sexist.
  • Foot In Mouth: Awarded by the British Plain English Campaign for the dumbest comment by a public figure. You might be interested to know that the 2013 winner of this was Godfrey Bloom whose 'wince inducing' gaffes can be read about HERE.
  • Weird-Ass Picture Book: Weirdest stories, cover and illustrations on a book.

Not that the Bad Sex In Fiction or the Weird-Ass Picture Book Awards are the only, err, unusual literary awards out there. A search of the net also came up with the following .....
  • Book Sellers magazine annual Diagram Prize for the oddest book title, the 2013 prize for which went to Reginald Bakeley's Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop. FULL ARTICLE.


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8 comments:

Kelly said...

I have read Darwin Award accounts over the years and those just make me shake my head in amazement. You don't want to laugh since someone actually died, but you really have to wonder about some folks.

I have a feeling the Stella Awards would just anger me. We've become too litigious as a society!

Lindsay said...

Love the oddest book title winner!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

The Darwin award is always harsh. However you wonder what peeps were thinking. :P

Some of these are quite funny! :D

Suko said...

Today's news is odder than ever! I took a few "detours" before returning as many of these stories and awards are pretty darn funny. ;)

Brian Joseph said...

I must admit that I have been following the Darwin awards for years. Happily I have never won one.

Literary Feline said...

I've heard of a few of these but not all. Too funny.

Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books said...

I wouldn't want to win any of these awards but I loved reading about them!

Alexia561 said...

I've followed the Darwin Awards for years, but hadn't heard of several of the others. It's amazing what people will get up to!