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    Achieving balance in a story

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Gawler, Feb 5, 2015.

    Since Christmas I have read about 30 novels, in every novel I have noticed how little the mood of the characters change. Most of the novels have been horror or fantasy but I have been surprised at the lack of light hearted moments or humor in any of the stories. Personally I like to inject a break in any tension in a story to give a more balanced feel. Am I wrong to do this?
     
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    I doubt it's wrong. :)

    I never thought it'd there be to balance things out, it's just the way I write (and my writing partner writes), so it's never been a no-brainer. Humor kind of happens, it's actually quite hard to "inject" it, to me anyway.

    It's really difficult to make it work, and I can't think of that many sci-fi or fantasy works I've read that had truly funny moments. Joe Abercrombie's humor is to my taste, and I also like Glen Duncan. Nicola Barker has often cracked me up as well.

    I just noticed all my examples are British. I guess Brits have a good sense of humor, then.
     
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    Iain M Banks. His novels are laced with humour.
     
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    If you do it well, it's great. There's a long tradition of comic relief in dramatic fiction.

    If you do it poorly, it's jarring and ruins the mood.
     
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    Being a east end Londoner I can understand what you are saying. To me, I want to make my characters as true to life as possible despite being in extraordinary circumstances, humor is just a part of life that should not be omitted, it has a place whatever the situation.
     
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    I was just browsing his novels yesterday , but couldn't make up my mind which one to download. One of those writers I've always been meaning to check out, but then ended up reading something else.
     
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    Agreed. Comedy is about the unexpected, so its placement within a differently-toned setting can create a great set up.
     
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    Player of Games isn't a bad place to start.
     
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