Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lytton, BC, 5/27/2014

Lytton, British Columbia.  This town sits in a valley where the Thompson and Fraser rivers meet.

The town of Lytton is named after the novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton, the famed writer of the novel "Paul Clifford," in which the first sentence was, "It was a dark and stormy night." This sentence became a widespread cliche for bad writing. The sentence's popularity/notoriety was widened by Snoopy in "Peanuts," and led to an annual competition (also named after Bulwer-Lytton) devoted to the crappiest possible opening sentences for a novel.

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