What happens in a Humor Writing book? by Neal Wyatt (NoveList Plus)
Humor books tend to be observational, situational, and story-based. The author shares his opinion or recounts an incident in a manner designed to be deliberately funny. The best authors hide this deliberation in carefully constructed pieces that allow the humor to sneak up on the reader and accumulate in effect for a steady riotous read. Humor works are fast-paced and either short or written in self-contained shorter pieces. Humor books focus on story — the “what happened” part of the humor — on character, and on observation. Like memoirs, humor works often feature the author as main character but they can also focus on a wide selection of characters the author either meet or knows well. Humor books feature a great deal of dialogue or recounted dialogue as well and offer sharp insights into human nature.
Maggie Cunningham, who wants to enter in the family business of monster hunting, can’t get her license until she loses her virginity, but finding a normal boy proves to be more difficult than she thought.
After a brush with the law, Ben, a dyed-in-the-wool worrier, must take up a new hobby and chooses knitting, an activity at which he excels but must try to keep secret from his friends, enemies, and sports-obsessed father.
As a project for her “creative non-fiction module” at a school for the arts, Normandy Pale chronicles the work of the Truth Commission, through which she and her two best friends ask classmates and faculty about various open secrets, while Norm’s famous sister reveals some very unsettling truths of her own.
Cynthia’s best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high-school librarian, but after meeting Mr. Gabriel, Cyn realizes something isn’t quite right. Maybe it’s the creepy look in the librarian’s eyes… or the blood and horns and bat-like wings that appear when he thinks no one is looking.
The students in Class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Junior High have a new teacher: an alien octopus with bizarre powers and unlimited strength, who’s just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth–unless they can kill him first!
The best friend of a kid with superhuman qualities endeavors to have a life of his own that is both normal and extraordinary in the face of constant world-shaking challenges, threats against his school, and an elusive pretty girl.
The third most popular girl in school’s choice between the hottest boy in town and a lonely but romantic misfit ends in tragedy and self-realization.
Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong.
Lord Blackheart, a villain with a vendetta, and his sidekick, Nimona, an impulsive young shapeshifter, must prove to the kingdom that Sir Goldenloin and the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.
After her parents’ divorce, Zoe Webster moves from Brooklyn to upstate New York where she meets the weirdly compelling misfit, Philip Digby, and soon finds herself in a series of hilarious and dangerous situations as he pulls her into his investigation into the kidnapping of a local teenage girl.