Three years ago, I entered a contest on some writer’s blog (I think Scalzi). It was simple: come up with the worst imaginable idea for a novel, then write a one-sentence sales pitch for it.
I wrote two.
I didn’t win the contest. But I stumbled across my entries again today, and they still make me laugh, three years later.
So here they are, the two worst novel ideas in the universe (or at least in Brian’s head):
Marcus, a double amnesiac, has forgotten that he forgot everything and lives in a state of vague uncertainty; later, when the first (but not the second) amnesia spontaneously reverses itself, he is forced to reconcile a full lifetime of memories with the unshakable conviction that he does, in fact, have some sort of amnesia.
When Erica learns she is the protagonist in a work of fiction, she gets revenge on the author by deliberately living as boring a life as possible, to hurt the book’s sales; but when the author retaliates by shifting focus to another character, can she convince the new protagonist to also be boring in time to ruin the plot?
Well? Would you pick up either of these books in a Barnes & Noble? 🙂
What’s the worst book (or book idea) you’ve heard of?