Where has the laughter gone?
- Published on Tuesday, 10 July 2012 11:45
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Sharon Rawlins over at the YALSA Hub wrote yesterday about how YA books are getting less and less funny. And it’s true: the last YA book I remember making me laugh is The Fault in Our Stars, and it also made me cry.
I am definitely struggling at the moment to think of anything that really made me laugh. I can remember all the books that made me cry:
- The Book Thief
- The Fault in Our Stars
- Born Wicked, etc.
Not that I’ve been feeling the lack of humor though. There is definitely something about being a teenager that lends itself to the dark drama. Take a look at the popular YA titles such as Crank and Speak. Those books are so far from funny they’re not on the same bookshelf as the funny books.
Strangely enough, as I was writing this a customer at Powell’s came up to buy a copy of Good Omens, which is perhaps one of the funniest books I’ve ever read (and Sharon also mentioned Terry Pratchett). The adult world is full of doom and gloom books too, but they’ve got their fair share of the funny.
Maybe this will be the next big YA trend: books that make you laugh without also making you cry.