The Blue Bookcase, this week they ask:
Can literature be funny? What is your favourite humorous literary book?
I think that literature can absolutely be funny. It might be a bit harder to get to the humour in a book that is 'literary' because the language can be a lot to take in at first, but once you get past that, some works of literature can be utterly hilarious (Jane Austen is a great example of this, as is Shakespeare- I love reading the footnotes of all the dirty jokes Shakespeare makes in Hamlet, and basically every other play!) In fact, I personally think that all works of literature can benefit from having a little comic relief, even if their main purpose is tragedy- just so long as it is extremely well written humour!
My favourite humorous literary book is probably The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. It is disturbing and a bit upsetting too, but there were parts of it that made me actually laugh out loud, because they struck me as being so true as a portrait of humanity. It's a good example of how something doesn't have to be wholly miserable, or wholly hilarious, to be a good work of literature. Pride and Prejudice does come a close second, however, and I think there are still hilarities of Jane Austen that I am yet to discover and unravel- she is completely amazing!
So, of course literature can be funny! It may not be the most important role that it takes on, but it is one that stops readers blowing their brains out at the end of books. Humour can be a very good thing! How about you? Do you have any favourite funny works of literature?