Top 10 Funniest Novels Ever Written
Finding funny novels is very, very hard. Every publisher describes any book with even a single joke as "funny," and being funny in print is much more difficult than being funny on film where you have sight gags and timing to aid you. That's why when we find a genuinely hilarious book, we share it with as many people as possible in hopes that the author will make so much money they'll keep it up. It's just too rare a commodity to let go to waste.
Below are the ten funniest novels we've come across. If you know one we missed, please tell us in the comments, as we'd love to find some more!
Notaro's books of humorous essays should be required college reading for any creative writing course. If nothing else, to help show you all you have to look forward to in your career as a professional writer. Her first novel, a fictionalized account of her move to the Pacific Northwest and trying to fit in, isn't quite as side-splitting as her nonfiction, but it's worth the read just for the scene where she joins a gothic book club expecting Mary Shelley and gets Practical Magick. Yes, magick with a "k."
Yes, comic books count as novels. Anything good enough for Alan Moore should be good enough for you. Garth Ennis did this hilarious and definitely R-rated send-up of the superhero comic where a single mom who moonlights as a prostitute is given superpowers in a dare by an alien. It contains the greatest sodomy joke of all time, a sentence that we cannot believe we got paid to type.
We'd expect nothing but comedy gold from a Cracked.com writer, and that's what you get. We only had to read three pages of sarcastic paranormal horror story before we knew that it was the perfect gift for the most deranged members of our social circle. You probably won't like this one unless there is something completely wrong with you.