Ok, so far the Ladies have covered some of the reasons for blogging and why we like to add a little—or a lot—of humor to our paranormals.
Since I agree with all that’s been said, and posting “Yeah, what they said.” might be considered bad form, I’ve decided to look at this topic from a different angle.
Where do I get my humorous ideas?
Imagine, if you will, a hero. He’s dark. Commanding. Every inch the quintessential bad boy, infused with smoldering sensuality. The Alpha. Used to getting his way. Always.
Nice, Huh? I think so. *fans self wildly*
This is the hero I like to torture. I find these guys, by their very nature, provide a veritable smorgasbord of humorous delight. Anyone else with me on this? I mean, come on! Who doesn’t like to watch the cool, confident alpha squirm in his boots? Especially if it’s the heroine making him squirm. Oh! The joy!
But, why do it?
When reading a paranormal, or any romance for that matter, that has humorous elements, I think I enjoy the ones that take real world situations and turn them against the characters the most. This technique can be used most effectively in that very dark paranormal where slapstick doesn’t really have a place.
For me, the humor found in this type of book allows me to connect better with the characters. Face it. In real life, there is humor to be found in most any situation. If you look for it. And, sometimes, you need to do just that in order to preserve your sanity. Humor can help us cope with some of life’s harsh realities. And by allowing your characters to do this, you give them an air of believability. Make them more…human. Even if they aren’t. Human that is.
Have you come across any authors who do this well? Infuse that subtle real-world humor into their books so their non-human characters become real?
~ Sandra Barkevich