Monday, April 2, 2012

B is for Black Comedy



Black´ com`e`dy (blăk´ kǒm`ĕd`ŷ) 
n. 1. (Drama) a comedy that treats of morbid, tragic, gloomy, or grotesque situations as a major element of the plot.

Since my post was so long yesterday, I will only point you in the direction of some of my favorite books that qualify as "black comedy". Click on the book's cover to go to its Goodreads page.

   
 

There are a lot more out there, I know. These are just the ones that burst into mind. What are your favorites?

16 comments:

  1. I have not read a black comedy in quite a while. I will say dirty job is a good one in the category..:)

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    1. I actually have that one on my TBR pile in my hallway, somewhat near the top. :-)

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  2. I have one work for you. 'Brilliant!'
    This is such a great space, this post in particular! It is intelligent and interesting. Great going!

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    1. I'm so glad you have enjoyed visiting!

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  3. I read Running With Scissors a few years ago - twice (rare for me!). I love black comedy, it matches perfectly with my sense of humour and personality!

    Have you read any of Augusten's other books? Dry is quite good too.

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    1. I can say that they are on my TBR, but we know what that really means. Alas, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions...

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  4. great examples, i like most comedy, not crazy about raunchy, but black is good!

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    1. Thanks! I can't read it all the time, but I do enjoy it when I do venture into the humor genre. :-)

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  5. All great books and fun subject. While we're on it, lets talk movies. "Evil Dead" and all its sequels.

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    1. *looks down at feet* Ummm... Well... I actually haven't seen those yet. I don't watch a lot of movies and tv. *hangs head*

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  6. Very interesting, and I can definitely see how Dahl is black comedy. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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    1. Dahl is very, very dark. I remember James and the Giant Peach and Matilda terrifying me when I was little, despite the humor. :-)

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  7. I adore black comedy. Great topic and great books.

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    1. Thank you, Laura! I'm so happy you stopped by. :-)

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  8. Slaughterhouse 5 , and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory are both so different, and yet , they do share this aspect. Looking forward to reading the rest of your posts.. and I would recommend that you read Infinite Jest, if you haven't already.

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    1. I have not read it yet, but it is one that I will definitely read at some point. Maybe it'll be the next piece of literature that I force upon myself. ;-)

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You are going to put words in my box?! *squeezes you* Now I shall stalk YOUR blog!