After the ups and downs of 2020, I decided I wanted to devote 2021 to writing romantic comedies. I have always loved funny things—books, movies, and most of all, puns! And my hubby has said that I’m rather funny in writing (not in person, unfortunately, haha!), so I thought this new genre would be easy to tackle. But over the course of writing my new Fab Forties series, I’ve come to realize how subjective humor is. There are almost a dozen forms of comedy (according to my Google search), but the following three come to mind the most:
A) Slapstick humor – This type is physical, from funny facial expressions to someone falling over. Think of The Three Stooges.
B) Witty dialogue – Usually involves a play on words, such as a pun.
C) Surreal situations – Events that are weird, illogical, or just plain silly. A good example of this is the Monty Python comedy troupe.
For me, I enjoy witty dialogue and some slapstick humor. Surreal situations, though, are a bit too much for my stick-in-the-mud personality. LOL. But I do love how God made us with a penchant for different kinds of humor. Comedy is an art form, so it makes sense that people appreciate different creative styles. What one person may find funny may not be funny to someone else. And that’s totally okay. But it does make writing rom-coms challenging. Hopefully, there are folks out there (besides my hubby) who will find my type of humor funny.
So far, I’ve finished two books in my rom-com series and have started a third one. The whole series features characters in their forties, which I hope will be more relatable for my seasoned readers. :) Book one in the Fab Forties series is on pre-order now and will be releasing next month. You can check out Retying the Knot HERE.
Now, I’d love to know—what kind of humor do you appreciate in a rom-com? Please comment and let me know!
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