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Some days, I don't know why I do the things I do.

Today is such a day. Today I am attempting to teach comedy. Mostly, I'm trying to teach about the different styles and genres within it, but I try to keep things interesting. My current student (who, right now, is sitting here reading an old copy of The Hobbit that I didn't know I had) told me, without question, that a lot of writers weren't funny. Terry Pratchett, he said, was boring. The Wee Free Men especially. Having not read The Wee Free Men I couldn't say he was on crack, but the teacher at school, probably motivated by all the adults who thought it was funny and excellent, has him reading it. I don't know. Adults. Who would trust them. Anyhow, I think the Hobbit is rubbish as well, but for some reason, I also have a copy of the parody, the Soddit, which I honestly couldn't tell you when I bought or for why.

But, it's a parody, right, and it's educational, right--well, now it is--and already, the student has stopped to say that the Hobbit is funnier than the Soddit, which I'm fairly sure was not the intention when I came up with this plan.

Oh well.

In a moment I'm going to make him write a parody of War of the Worlds.

(crossposted)

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porphyre
Feb. 23rd, 2010 10:30 am (UTC)
The Wee Free Men might be especially dull because it's meant for tiny kidlets. Bairns, really, not a titch over the age of seven. You should have him try NATION, the one he wrote in response to his Alzheimer's diagnosis.
exp_err
Feb. 23rd, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
Nation is very good, but not funny. Agreed on the Wee Free Men being better, probably, for young kids: has he tried any of the DiscWorld stuff? But not everyone likes Pratchett, even at his best.

Give him "A ClockWork Orange". Contrarian that he seems to be, I bet he'd find it hilarious.
benpeek
Feb. 23rd, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
lol. i've taught clockwork before. it's gone done alright in some cases.
benpeek
Feb. 23rd, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
i don't know that he'd go for any of the other stuff. he's like, 12 or 11, i can't remember, and he hates books with lots of words atm. hopefully he'll grow out of it soon--maybe some kid spy novels. i dunno.

he should man it up and enjoy nabakov with me ;)
exp_err
Feb. 24th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
I suppose "How to Eat Fried Worms" might be a bit dated by now? That was popular when I was that age, and I remember it being very funny.

Or maybe some wordy comic books to get him started? Or limericks?
usmu
Feb. 23rd, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
I have to agree: the Hobbit is a lot funnier than the Soddit. At least if the Soddit is just as funny as Bored of the Ring. Which is the one I actually read. It's stoner humor and and bad stoner humor at that. It's not my thing.

Now saying that Terry Pratchett is boring is sacrilege. I have to agree with porphyre though. The Wee Free Men might not be the right book to get him started on. Depending on what does hold his interest there's some others he might enjoy though. For (rock)music go to Soul Music, for movies Moving Pictures, for journalism and a send up bad guys like those in Pulp Fiction The Truth. Some bits had me laughing out loud. It's my thing, but mileage might vary.
benpeek
Feb. 23rd, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
its odd: i have the soddit, but i never read it. i know i bought it, but i guess it must have just been one of those things that i thought i'd read but never did.
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