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Thread: How do you incorporate Humor into Horror?

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    Beastly Fido Roxxsmom's Avatar
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    How you'd approach this depends on the kind of humor you are aiming for. Are you aiming for over-the-top slapstick type humor, satire (where you poke fun at cliches and tropes within the horror genre), subtle commentary on the human condition, commentary on our contemporary society, or for something else? Is the story first and foremost a comedic work, or is it a serious tale with some subtle humor worked in?

    In my experience, humor is the hardest story element to explain or define. It's one of those things where I know it when I see it, but I always have trouble explaining to someone why I find a given TV show, movie or novel funny. Pretty much every situation and character have absurdities built into them, though. And the words one chooses to describe things can add to the humor. I don't think Douglas Adams's books would have been half as funny without his narrative style which managed to be both hyperbolic and understated. I find characters' internal contradictions, quirks, unspoken assumptions, and cliches within certain genres potentially funny, but it's all in the execution.
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