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Is it possible to be too funny?

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Re: Is it possible to be too funny?

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Re: Is it possible to be too funny?

Postby MookyMcD » Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:55 am

I'm with James. Think of a novel as a full course meal. So the waiter comes out and offers an hours d'oeurve, then some consume, then poached salmon and asparagus, then he drops off a Happy Meal with a crappy plastic toy in it, then it's on to roast lamb, then pate, then creme brulee. It's a wonderful meal, but when it's over the main thing you're wondering is "what the hell was the deal with the Happy Meal?"

IMO, for humor to work (and I earnestly believe there should be humor in damn near everything) it needs to fit seamlessly into it's surroundings. Substitute steak tar tar (hamburger) and a gratan (french fries) and you have the same basic elements in the meal without the WTF factor.

It goes the other way, too. A bunch of frat guys rolling through the McDonald's drivethrough at midnight aren't loookign for civiche and consume.

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Re: Is it possible to be too funny?

Postby MookyMcD » Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:13 pm

I wish. I love food. Cooking has been my biggest hobby since I was about twelve. Late last year, my then nine-year-old had a conversation in the school lunch room and then asked me, with earnest surprise, "Did you know most people buy sandwich bread at the store?"

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Re: Is it possible to be too funny?

Postby DrG2 » Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:42 pm

And, FYI, the tone is more like an Elmore Leonard novel, so there is humor throughout.
I'll post the chapter. I put it in thriller/suspense though it is mostly a romance story (with a body count).

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Re: Is it possible to be too funny?

Postby DrG2 » Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:43 pm

I posted it on another site and got one person that said it read too much like a catskill's skit. context is important, though.

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