It was a dark and stormy night… okay, so most nights are dark… but not all of them are stormy.


His original line was “Man, it was dark and stormy during that storm last night… did I mention that it was dark?”

Here’s a piece I wrote for the CreateSpace blog about Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Lytton is best known for writing the worst opening for a novel ever.  You’ve probably heard it and didn’t even know it was bad.  It starts off, “It was a dark and stormy night;”  I explain why it’s such a bad opening in my post.  Here’s a little taste:

I have to be honest with you. I have seen much worse. I’ve most likely written much worse. I’ve studied the debate over this line for some time now, and while the line is hated by many, a lot of people don’t understand why it’s so bad. Lest you think that Bulwer-Lytton was a hack, the man was quite adroit at turning a phrase. He also originated “the pen is mightier than the sword” and “the almighty dollar,” among others. He was a prolific best-selling novelist during his day.

You can read the entire blog post here: The Night Was Stormy…and Dark, Too

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