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Offline Matt5ki Reading
31 Mar 2015, 03:27 PM | Post: #181

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RE: Brainstorm - New 4* Review :)

(31 Mar 2015 03:22 PM)Mads Sorensen Wrote: Wrote:  
(31 Mar 2015 03:13 PM)Matt5ki Wrote: Wrote:  My other works being in a fictional village and trying to make people laugh can be hit and miss and not everybody is interested in humorous stories as much as thrillers or other genre's.
Interestingly, someone from the publishing business once told me that the difficulty with humour is that it's at odds with every other genre.

I do find it a hard sell, but I enjoy writing them so I'll plug away. I do want to write other genres but I am not in that place to write them at the moment. I will do at some point I'm sure Smile
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Offline Ray Kingfisher Reading No, Writing.
31 Mar 2015, 08:34 PM | Post: #182

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RE: Brainstorm - New 4* Review :)

(31 Mar 2015 03:22 PM)Mads Sorensen Wrote: Wrote:  
(31 Mar 2015 03:13 PM)Matt5ki Wrote: Wrote:  My other works being in a fictional village and trying to make people laugh can be hit and miss and not everybody is interested in humorous stories as much as thrillers or other genre's.
Interestingly, someone from the publishing business once told me that the difficulty with humour is that it's at odds with every other genre.

That's an 'insightful' way of putting it, Mads. Did they mean humour can challenge and parody any other genre?

As I've said on here before, I think the humour genre is the hardest to nail. In any other genre if you're trying to provoke an emotional response and it doesn't work for someone, they'll just find it a bit bland. But if they don't get your style of humour, they'll find it crass and cringeworthy (and give you  1*).

Comedy is simply the most marmitey substance known to man apart from Marmite.
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31 Mar 2015, 09:08 PM | Post: #183

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RE: Brainstorm - New 4* Review :)

This post was last modified: 31 Mar 2015 09:09 PM by Mads Sorensen.
(31 Mar 2015 08:34 PM)Ray Kingfisher Wrote: Wrote:  
(31 Mar 2015 03:22 PM)Mads Sorensen Wrote: Wrote:  
(31 Mar 2015 03:13 PM)Matt5ki Wrote: Wrote:  My other works being in a fictional village and trying to make people laugh can be hit and miss and not everybody is interested in humorous stories as much as thrillers or other genre's.
Interestingly, someone from the publishing business once told me that the difficulty with humour is that it's at odds with every other genre.

That's an 'insightful' way of putting it, Mads. Did they mean humour can challenge and parody any other genre?

As I've said on here before, I think the humour genre is the hardest to nail. In any other genre if you're trying to provoke an emotional response and it doesn't work for someone, they'll just find it a bit bland. But if they don't get your style of humour, they'll find it crass and cringeworthy (and give you  1*).

Comedy is simply the most marmitey substance known to man apart from Marmite.
I guess she meant that humour isn't a genre in itself but relies on relating to aspects of genre X, Y and Z, or something like that. And it requires real skill to provoke genuine emotion by parody, a skill few possess.

Which of your own books have sold best? I bet it hasn't been the humorous ones.
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RE: Brainstorm - New 4* Review :)

Definitely not for me. Brainstorm has been my best seller by a mile. I'll plough on regardless though as I like writing them Big Grin
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RE: Brainstorm - New 4* Review :)

I feel always it’s disrespectful to other genre writers to say comedy is the hardest thing to write successfully, but there’s some truth in it. I also have a pet theory that humour is more ‘social’ in that people like to laugh in groups and are happy to be signposted by peers or canned laughter – which lends itself to things like TV or stand-up shows more than books, which are always one-to-one with no quarter for self-deceit or self-censorship.

To answer your question, Mads, I have two comedies. Matchbox Memories hardly sells at all in spite of lots of good reviews and two professional covers. Easy Money has always been a reasonable seller (in the UK only) in spite of variable reviews and a DIY cover. In fact, in March it sold more than Slow Burning Lies in the UK.

There's one thing that all the genres have in common; the only way to find out if it ‘works’ is to write it and put it out there.
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RE: Brainstorm - New 4* Review :)

Yeah, you're right. People do laugh more in a group. I've watched something on my own I know is funny and laughed a little, watch with others and I laugh more. It's an odd thing really isn't it?

I think my stories can be a little dry in the humour too. I get a warm feeling from writing them and that's the main thing. Sure, I'd love to sell loads but if not, no problem. You have to write what you enjoy. I couldn't write something I really wasn't enjoying for the sake of sales. I'm sure I'll write other things at some point. I know I can because I wrote Brainstorm which is completely different in tone and style, I just don't always write 'real world' stuff quite as well.
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