Saturday, August 2, 2014

What makes a book funny?


There are so many forms of funny out there almost nothing is going to hit everyone’s funny bone. Some people immediately think of slapstick or the shenanigans of Monty Python are funny. Some prefer America’s Funniest Home Videos. Some love cats that fall off dressers or get stuck with their heads in cardboard boxes.

But most of those are visual. What about in a book? I personally find things that I can relate to funny. Like the woman who looks in her closet that is filled with a ton of clothes and can find absolutely nothing to wear. Or a situation that maybe I’ve been in before and could only laugh about later. Not feeling alone in our struggles can make something funny to you.

I like to put humor in my contemporary romances because life is just easier if you can laugh at it. Dinner burned in the oven and you have to call in a pizza? Well, you can choose to cry about it or laugh about it. A kid who will not, for life or money, take a bath unless you sing him the Sesame Street Song? Tears or make it a romp.

My heroines often find themselves in situations where they have this choice. Sometimes they do cry about it until they can find the humor. Sometimes the humor might be forced until they truly can look at the situation as a whole and giggle. Sometimes they love enough to smile indulgently over something that a month ago would have made them pull their hair out and run screaming down the block.

It’s often said that life is what you make it. I choose to make it funny. Not at the expense of others, never tearing someone down to make a laughingstock of them, but to find the humor in getting stuck on an elevator with the guy you’ve been crushing on for months or having to ask your best friend to get you unstuck from where you fell into the dryer.

Do you have a way of coping with life’s ups and downs? I’d love to hear it!

Misty Simon
@MistySimon

Misty Simon loves a good story and decided one day that she would try her hand at it. Eventually she got it right. There’s nothing better in the world than making someone laugh, and she hopes everyone at least snickers in the right places when reading her books. She lives with her husband, daughter and two insane dogs in Central Pennsylvania where she is hard at work on her next novel or three. She loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at misty@mistysimon.com

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2 comments:

  1. You do have a talent for making people smile. I think every study ever done points to laughter as a reliever of stress. Our family laughs a lot and it has helped us get through some losses over the years.

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  2. I completely agree, Susan. And it may be hard to laugh at first but most times you get there. Have a great day!

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