On TV, I hate sitcoms. In movies, I hate romantic comedies. With a very few exceptions, stand-up comedians make me yawn. I haven’t laughed at “Saturday Night Live” since John Belushi dressed up in a bee suit.
And while I don’t go looking for humor in my reading, I do revere the author whose writing can make me put the book down and laugh aloud before I go back and read it again. It may be why I work a lot of humor into my own writing–that appreciation of the absurd only fiction writers (and pure-dee-old geniuses like Rick Bragg) can slide seamlessly into their works.
Urban fantasy tends to be heavy on the dark drama, and so it should be. We write about scary things, tense situations with a lot at stake. But for those who can weave a bit of humor into your drama, I salute you. My favorite Laugh Out Loud series, in no particular order.
* Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series. I mean, how can you top a zombie dinosaur, really? In DEAD BEAT, Harry rides to the rescue down the streets of Chicago atop a reanimated T-Rex cadged from Field Museum. Outrageously over the top, even for Harry. The flying monkey demons who threw flaming poo at him at the beginning of BLOOD RITES could also have made the list. And how about in SUMMER KNIGHT when Harry and Karrin Murphy end up battling the evil plant monster in a suburban Walmart?
* Kim Harrison’s Hallows series. She won me over in DEAD WITCH WALKING when Rachel Morgan took a charm that turned her into a mink, got caught by evil elf Trent, kept in a cage, and then got taken to participate in a rat cage-fight. And just about any scene between Rachel and the demon Algaliarept is going to make me laugh.
* I can’t remember which book it was (somebody help me out here), but in Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Series, when Sookie Stackhouse finally tells Eric Northman the gushy protestations of love he made to her when he had amnesia, Eric’s reaction was priceless. I get plenty of LOLs from this series as well, but then again I’m Team Eric all the way. The interactions between Eric and Pam are hilarious throughout.
I need more urban fantasy with some humor….what can you recommend? What are your own favorite funny moments in your fantasy reads?