Thursday, March 3, 2011
Literary Blog Hop: Funny Enough...
If you’re stopping by from the Literary Blog Hop hosted by The Blue Bookcase, welcome to Your Move, Dickens. I’m Darlyn, a nineteen-year-old Lit major from the Philippines. I blog mainly about classics—novels, short stories, and even retellings.
This week’s question is:
Can literature be funny? What is your favorite humorous literary book?
Even if the premise of a book sounds boring, a good writer can liven it up and sprinkle a little humor in it. Novels by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens are few of the books that come to mind. I thought the characters from Pride and Prejudice, the Bennet’s in particular, were hilarious, and, although Oliver Twist was a bit draggy, the minor characters, like the bumbling beadle or the thieves, were pretty funny.
If I have to pick a humorous literary book, though, I’d pick Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. It’s one of the first “humorous” classics that popped into my mind. Vonnegut’s writing is laced with sadness, but there are a lot of funny moments in between. His humor sometimes borders on the ridiculous, but he always manages to surprise me with another joke or a simple, ‘So it goes.’