Okay, guys. Faye started this debate, and I can’t sit back without defending myself. Yes, my humor is "out there" but Faye (whom I also love…bless her heart) has her own humorous style and let’s just say... sedate isn’t exactly how I would describe it. I mean…we’re talking about a heroine barbequing her boyfriend’s BVDs on a grill after finding him bumping uglies on the dining room table with a neighbor. Oh, yeah, the grilling-underwear episode only took place after the dining room table took a flying leap off the heroine’s four-story balcony. Now tell me, is that sedate?
And Faye, if that naked guy – with tattoos where most of us don’t think men should get tattooed -- was so off the charts, why did you not only embrace him into your second chapter, but have him re-appear on the all-important last page? Huh? Huh?
However, I think the point Faye is making is that humor is subjective, and we all write it, and enjoy it, in varying degrees. Okay, I’ll even admit my humor may be a little more "top-heavy" compared to my "sedate" critique partner. But in my defense, you have to consider my roots.
A home-grown Alabamian, my household included: two entrepreneurial brothers whose missions in life were to "pass gas" louder than the other, an adoring mother who accidentally stole a car, and lost her teeth on a plane, and a loving father who thought leaving dead fish in someone’s mailbox was funny. We won’t talk about the time he almost got arrested for building homemade fireworks and blew up my neighbor’s yard. Hey, my dad paid the vet bills for the neighbor’s dog. And Spot got along fine with three legs. (I’m joking...Spot didn’t lose a leg. The only thing really lost that day was my dad’s hearing in his left ear.)
So do tell us, what do you find funny? Tell us the author’s name, the book, and why it worked for you? Come on guys, we’re going to give away a gift certificate. And if Continental ever finds my mother’s teeth, I’ll add them to the pot.