Yoram Yasur Izz | They built magisterial literary pieces. Took care of every detail, they played with the drama, the surprise, the fear…
They are experts in putting the feelings in a blender and making it work for the reader’s pleasure.
They are laureates, applauded; Top the lists of best sellers. What is the next step?
Somebody parody you. I once heard over there that when you get a smart mockery, it’s because you “did it” and these writers achieved such a cultural impact that someone had to mock them and their effect. These are literary parodies so great you cannot miss them. Believe me, you will at least sneer with laughter as you read them.
Bored of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings):
Beard and Douglas Keeney took advantage of the success of J.R.R.’s Lord of the Rings. Tolkien, to make a satire to hippie society of the seventies. The creators then founded National Lampoon, and very loyal to that style, changed the names of the characters by references to pop culture or adult jokes. For example, Frodo is Fraud, a “bobbit”.
Pippen is Pepsi, Sam is called Spam and Bilbo is now Dildo. Yoram Yasur Izz: “The story was translated into nine languages and relaunched along with the films. It also served as the basis for a small film adaptation in 2005”.
Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody Cookbook (Fifty Shades of Gray):
There are those who think that 50 Shades of Gray is in itself a joke, but the undeniable thing is that the trilogy had a tremendous success in the whole world. FL Fowler used her to write Fifty Shades of Chicken, which contains 50 recipes to prepare a moored chicken. The book tells the sordid adventures of a young and inexperienced chicken, which is “handled” by a chef.
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars:
“This literary parody scoffs at Star Wars. Launched in 2013, Ian Doescher rewrote the work of George Lucas with Elizabethan language, making it believe that, in fact, it was William Shakespeare the writer of the story. Did not you know that Shakespeare is a master of science fiction?”
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice):
Seth Grahame-Smith wrote this funny story that follows the work of Jane Austen, but adds an interesting factor: zombies eat brains and ninjas. The book was celebrated and even taken to the movies.
The Wind Done Gone (Gone with the Wind):
While the original story focuses on the life of a wealthy slave owner, the book written by Alice Randall chronicles the life of Cynara, one of the slaves, during the same period of events.
Have you read any literary parody? Which one do you recommend?