My husband adores stand up comedy. I do not. My siblings all rave about Curb Your Enthusiasm. I think it’s mean and unfunny. Others in my book club–the less fun one–cracked up over Where’d You Go, Bernadette. I found everyone in it profoundly unpleasant.
Clearly, humor is in the funny bone of the beholder.
I confess, I am rarely made to laugh out loud by romance novels though I’d like to be. There are a few authors whose work reliably amuses me. I tend to find contemporary romance funnier than any other genre. Rachel Gibson’s Chinooks series, Kristen Higgins’ romances, several of Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Chicago Stars books, and some but not all of Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor novels amuse me. Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series is, upon occasion, hilarious. Tessa Dare, Julie Anne Long, Julia Quinn and Loretta Chase have all written funny scenes though I rarely think of their books when I think “I’d like to read a romance that makes me giggle.”
And then there are books that others find hilarious that I think are bland. (I’m sorry–all those Beard books don’t tickle me. Nor do Lucy Parker’s works.)
But that’s just me. What about you? What books make you howl with laughter? Smile as you turn the pages?
P.S. I am much easier to make laugh when viewing rather than reading. We just rewatched my very favorite movie, Almost Famous, and this scene (and so many others) slayed me.