Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Serious, Funny, or Both?

I think one of the things that all of us who visit or write for this blog have in common is that we love to read. I know I do. Specifically, I love fantasy stories with magical powers. It doesn’t really matter if it’s this world, or an alternate realm. I’m flexible as long as the author sucks me in from page one. But one thing that I really love, love, love about books is when they make me laugh out loud.

Now, my husband doesn’t like this. He usually ends up glaring over at me when I sit on the couch and randomly burst out laughing. Apparently, it's distracting. He also doesn’t think what I’m laughing at is very funny. Trust me, I’ve tried to read him excerpts and he NEVER laughs. Personally, I think he lacks book humor. But I’m currently reading a funny book, and I’m not going to tell the title because I’m working my way very slowly through it, and I don’t think it’s the book’s fault. I think I’m in a reading funk. It happened after I finished Ruined and it was ready to publish. And I think it’s happening now after finishing Denied.

But while I was reading, and I should say that while this book didn’t grab me like the other ten or more by this author that I’ve read, I still didn’t want to put down the book to write this blog post. *smiles innocently* But I got to wondering what the readers of Castles & Guns enjoy most.

Do you like funny books? Do books ever make you laugh? I know some books make me smirk, but the true l-o-l- factor is a little harder to achieve.

Sometimes people call funny books lighter reads, and I kind of disagree with that. There are plenty of books out there that are dark, gritty, emotional and also have their funny moments. These are my favorite kinds! I love reading books that make me cry. Sometimes I feel like I’m in the story, living the moments, and I love experiencing that emotional rollercoaster. Then there are the sweet moments that make me go, “Awww.” Without being too sweet. But the parts that make me smile and laugh are the parts that assure me everything will be okay. And I always have to end a book knowing everything will be okay.

Have you run into this? Do comedic moments ruin the pacing of darker books for you? Or do they serve to relieve the tension as a nice break?

I’d love to hear from you!

Kinley Baker
@kinleybaker

10 comments:

  1. I love to laugh when I read, Kinley, and I love endings when I'm saying, awwwww.

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    1. I'm so glad to hear it, Gerri! I agree :-)

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  2. Our husbands must be clones. Mine doesn't understand me reading, while he watches TV. I love humor. For some reason those scenes stay with me longer than the darker moments.

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    1. So true! The funny moments stay with me longer, too. That sounds like my house. I read. Husband watches tv. Sometimes he makes me put down the book. But it doesn't work for awesome books.

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  3. I love humor, doesn't have to be LOL level all the time, but give me humor over serious anyday (funny thing...that's what I write too ;)).

    Marie Andreas

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    1. I don't think it has to be LOL level either. Sometimes I get stuck on phrases that are clever and I think about them for a long time. I'm glad you write humor!

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  4. I like my books very dark, but a tiny bit of humor a scene here or there can really endear a character to me... :)

    So I guess I like both, but easy on the humor! LOL

    Lisa :)

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    1. Lol, that's funny Lisa. I think with some books, it would be really easy to go too far with the attempts at humor.

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  5. Humor in a story is a mood-thing for me. Sometimes I want a book that's pure fun, and sometimes I want the darker, suck-you-in-and-make-you-gasp reads. In the latter, humor wouldn't necessarily take away from the story, IF it fits the characters and situation. But I do admire any writer who can turn a good humorous phrase or conversation. I wish I could write with a funnybone. Go laughter!

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    1. I completely agree, Ayla. It really depends on my mood :-) I love authors who make me laugh out loud. Laughter rocks.

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