21 thoughts on “Humor in Fiction

  1. If someone told me I shouldn't use humor, I wouldn't even know what to write.

    When I am reading, I like both. I am a huge fan of the hilarious Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy five-part trilogy, but also like the really dark stuff that never shows a glimmer of humor.

  2. I love humor and was able to even incorporate it into my medieval. I couldn't live with laughter and light-hearted moments.

  3. I totally LIVE for lighthearted, fun books. Jenny B JOnes is great. Have you read Tracey Bateman's Catch a Rising Star? Hilarious.
    My first book was definitely a romantic comedy. Now, I tend to write romances with humor but it's toned down a bit. At least, I think so. Not sure. I just finished writing a book about a woman trying to get over the death of her husband and my crit partners found it very funny. ??
    Go figure. LOL

    PS. The kiddo tolerates the veggie meals. (She's a good sport) But I throw her bone once in a while and cook her some meat. 🙂

  4. Me like some funny.

    But I also like it when it jumps out at me unexpected. I generally like "boring" books, you know, like the kind you mentioned. Or should I say on the serious side?

    Taped my first vlog. Mucho seriouoso. I think I spelled that wrong. Wouldn't know how to spell it right if I tried. It's a made up word. There is no spelling it right.

    Ah, it's Friday.
    ~ Wendy

  5. First of all, I love that green piece of furniture behind you. Seriously, I need something like that in my house. I definitely like humor in the books I read! I'm not so great at writing funny lines, but my characters definitely get themselves into some humorous situations.

  6. I can enjoy a good heavy-handed book full of intensity and emotion, but when humor is present, it makes me love it even more. Yes, I love humor. 🙂

  7. I'm one of those dry and boring women. I hate humor.

    Ha. Yeah right.

    My books probably aren't classified as humorous, though I think there are some cute or fun moments. I'll have to check out the author you mentioned.

    Happy Friday!

  8. I agree, Jessica, it depends on the genre and our audience. Plus, it depends on the characters! Great points!

    While I wouldn't call my books humorous, I would say they're observational. 🙂

    Love, love, love coffee with Jess!

  9. LOL. I was SUCKING down the java while you were talking. You silly woman, you!
    I love humor in books – or quirky characters. Because I write historical my sense of humor doesn't usually jive as well. So I invest in quirky characters or thick sarcasm. All in all, though … you ARE funny. I have a thousand txts and tweets to prove that! 🙂

  10. Oh, I love it. This is so fun. And I did indeed drink coffee during your vlog, so I feel so right!

    I'm glad you use humor. You're hilarious and I'd be sad if you didn't. 🙂 I adore Jenny B. Jones' writing. So fun, so funny and poignant at the same time.

    Can't wait to read your books. I promise to tell you they're the funniest things I've ever read. 🙂

  11. Oh Jess, even when you aren't trying to be funny you crack me up!

    I like my books (and my TV shows) to be "dramady" – drama mixed in with some comedy. A little wit can help move the story along, IMHO.

  12. Jess, another great vlog! And yay for humor! (We see eye to eye on that!)

    I liked how you pointed out about humor being "strategically placed." That's key in a book, I believe. I realize moments of conflict/seriousness are necessary, of course, but romantic comedies are so fun!

  13. You're so cute, I just wanna bite you. LOL!! Absolutely, lighthearted books provide great escapes and quirky insights into real situations. Keep that humor in there!

  14. Hey everyone! I love the mix going on here! I like both kinds of books, but I do like a little comedy thrown in.

    I think the movie, Courageous did this perfectly! Loved that movie and had I scripted my blog, I might have added that in! 🙂

  15. I love when humor happens naturally. Where it doesn't seem forced.

    I like to read the deeper books.

    Just love your vlogs!

  16. Humor is good, especially the dry, witty, edgy kind 🙂

    I don't think I've read any type of romance that didn't have at least one moment of mirth. Is that even possible, to not have humor in a story?

    Have a great weekend!

  17. It DEFINITELY depends on my mood. I LOVED Jill Eileen Smith's Wives of King David series, and they don't have much humor. But I also just finished "Mended Hearts" by Ruthy Herne, which was DEFINITELY funny, and I enjoyed that too. A little humor is ALWAYS good.

  18. Your vlog posts are such fun, Jess! I love how your understated brand of humor comes shining through. I look forward to discovering it in your fiction, too, when some wise publisher snaps up your stories. =)

  19. Look at you! You're famous:) I enjoyed it!
    And I think you're funny:)

  20. How FUN to see you live and talking. You have such BIG eyes, my dear. 🙂 Yes, I think humor is crucial! Even in a dark novel (as a respite or to relievw tension). I wasn't drinking coffee while watching, but I enjoyed hearing you. ;o)

  21. I like some humor, and I see it at times in your writing.


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