Comedy Fiction Genre

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I just love to write, the same way other people love to play golf. DISCOVER ME
What I enjoy is seeing the words and illustrations come together on the page. DISCOVER ME
I can spend weeks just thinking about my story, making notes, often in a coffee shop or somewhere with a bit of a buzz. DISCOVER ME
A book is so much better …a hot guy can live in your imagination and stay hot forever! DISCOVER ME
For me the inspiration really takes place before I start writing and after that it’s the work. DISCOVER ME
I love books. Proper books. Books that you can hold and where you can turn the pages. DISCOVER ME
I think I mainly write episodes and leave them alone for a while until I know how they will fit in the larger framework. DISCOVER ME
Don’t write to be clever or to impress; write what comes truthfully to you. DISCOVER ME
There’s no right or wrong way to go about writing a book and all writers have their own trusty methods. DISCOVER ME
Probably my most unusual writing habit is that, after every completed paragraph, I sacrifice a live raccoon. DISCOVER ME
I enjoy being a writer – I enjoy trying to create a parallel world in which more or less anything can happen. DISCOVER ME
I'm wide-open to laughter where I can find it. DISCOVER ME
You can write funny books, but they don't have to be funny in every line. DISCOVER ME
To be funny is easier for me than anything else. I feel very lucky because I think it's genetic. DISCOVER ME
There’s a saying among writers that you have to torture your characters. DISCOVER ME
All my life, I've felt that I was getting away with something because I was just making things up and writing them down. DISCOVER ME
Being related to a writer is like having an assassin in the family. DISCOVER ME
A character with wings has to be just as real as any other character. DISCOVER ME
I don't plan my novels at all, which makes the process exciting, although also a little terrifying. DISCOVER ME
The most difficult part of the writing process was and is sending my words into the world. DISCOVER ME

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Brief definition of the Comedy Fiction Genre

A brief look at the definition of the Comedy Fiction Genre or Comic novel, brings us to the most obvious point first: A comic novel is usually a work of fiction in which the writer seeks to amuse the reader, sometimes with subtlety and as part of a carefully woven narrative, sometimes above all other considerations. It could indeed be said that comedy fiction is literary work that aims primarily to provoke laughter, but this isn't always as obvious as it first may seem.

Dark Humour

There is of course black humour, for example: black comedy, dark humour and dark comedy. This tends to be a substantial aspect of much modern fiction. The term describes sardonically humorous effects derived from mordant wit and morbid or grotesque situations that deal with anxiety, suffering, or death.

What's funny?

But what do we find comical? Well the definition of what's funny is: everything is funny and nothing is funny and it all depends upon your sense of humour and point of view. Let's face it, everybody is different and will find different things amusing. Comedy itself assumes many forms, such as the following:

  • Farce: an exaggerated comedy based on broadly humorous or highly unlikely situations
  • Parody: a literary or musical work imitating the characteristic style of some other work or of a writer or composer in a satirical or humorous way, usually by applying it to an inappropriate subject
  • Satire: a literary work in which vices, follies, stupidities or abuses, are held up to ridicule and contempt.
  • Slapstick comedy: this can sometimes include exaggerated but ultimately harmless violence directed towards individuals.

Romantic Comedies

In literature one very popular branch of the comedy fiction genre is romantic comedies, which can include love and its effect on the central character; this often drives the story. Of course, Jane Austen has long been considered the queen of the romantic comedy with Emma and Pride and Prejudice.

More recently, Bridget Jones's Diary and some chick-lit successors have been giving these classic stories of romantic tension a more modern twist.

Notable authors

One of the most notable British comic novelists is P.G. Wodehouse. Other, more contemporary authors of this type include Martin Amis, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, and Ben Elton.

Notable American comic novelists include Terry Southern, Robert Clark Young, John Kennedy Toole, Joseph Heller and Hunter S. Thompson.