I have written a lot of books. I’ve been told they are funny. On some of them, I’ve worked really hard to be funny. And no one has told me that those were funnier than the others. And on some of them, I’ve tried not to be funny …
It’s like I have a baseline funniness that doesn’t really change.
But before you’re picturing heroines lining up to trip in their high heels (though there’s been a little of that), I don’t write rom com. What’s the distinction? I’m not entirely sure. Humor is in the funny bone of the beholder, I guess, but here’s how I understand it: rom com keeps the themes light, bouyant even. And my books have some pretty heavy topics going on in the background of the romance.
But they’re still funny. In fact, I think that’s why I put the humor in there, whether I try to do so or not. This is how I am able to not get weighed down by the heavy stuff. Humor takes some of the sting out of painful things.
And doesn’t humor make the heroes and heroines easier to fall in love with? I fall in love with all of them as I’m writing them, and the funnier they are, the harder I fall. (Although one time I made a hero too funny and people complained that he was annoying. Oops.)
Or maybe I just love to laugh. It feels good. It’s healthy. And if I don’t laugh, I might cry.
So here’s my question. How do you feel as a reader? Do you like humor in your romance? And if so, what kind? Cerebral witty stuff? Slapstick? Farcical? (I’m not very good at this one.) Publishers Weekly called my writing “tongue in cheek,” which made me really happy whether they meant it as a compliment or not. My favorite thing to do is to make a pun on some obscure Old Testament reference, but I don’t get lots of feedback on those. I can’t imagine why.
Anyway, if you are like me and you like some humor in your romance, may I humbly recommend the following books:
- What a Girl Wants by Kristin Billerbeck
- Chocolate Beach by Julie Carobini
- Book Nerds and Boyfriends by Sara Monzon
- Secrets of Sunbeams by Valerie Comer
- Authentically Izzy by Pepper Basham
And I would be delighted to hear your recommendations of good stories with humor layered in. I love to laugh.