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Leave Bulwer-Lytton alone!
It's time someone spoke out against the condemnation directed at Bulwer-Lytton because of the beginning of one of his novels - the infamous "It was a dark and stormy night etc." What's so wrong with it? Agreed, it would be better if the darkness and storminess were conveyed rather than stated baldly but there must be more inept beginnings. Let's stop pouring scorn on poor old Edward.
I've come across a worse example. Here are the opening lines of "Dead Certain", by Damian Flowers:
"Inspector Craddock surveyed the body as it lay among the wedding debris, a smug grin on his face. He already knew the murderer was Agnes de Quincey, thanks to the silken name-tag clutched in the fingers of the dead groom. All he had to do now was prove it by interviewing 349 witnesses.
"'Well, here goes,' he muttered."