fiction satire


Bungou Stray Dogs Characters and Their Real Prototypes The Guild:

1. Nathaniel Hawthorne — one of the first and the most universally recognized masters of American literature. He made a great contribution to the genre of novel and introduced elements of allegory and symbolism into the literature. Was in the spiritual Brook Farm commune. Was fond of the theory of transcendentalism. His famous work is ‘The Scarlet Letter’ (Scarlet Letter)

2. Margaret Mitchell — an American writer, author of ‘Gone With the Wind’ (Gone With the Wind)

3. Lucy Montgomery — Canadian writer, known for her serial of books about redhead orphan girl Anne Shirley. Her famous works are ‘Anne of Green Gables’, ‘Anne of Avonlea’, ‘The Story Girl’ (Anne of Abyssal Red)

4. John Steinbeck — an American prose writer, author of many world famous works and short stories: 'The Grapes of Wrath’, 'Eden of the East’ (Grapes of Wrath)

5. Francis Scott Fitzgerald — an American writer, the largest representative of the so-called 'lost generation’. He’s known for number of novels and stories about the 'jazz era’ of 1920s and, of course, for his work 'The Great Gatsby’ (The Great Fitzgerald)

6. Howard Lovecraft — an American writer and journalist working in the genres of mysticism, horror and fantasy, combining them in his own style. Ancestor of Myths of Cthulhu. Known for his works ’The Call of Cthulhu’, 'Dagon’, 'The Silver Key’ (The Call of Cthulhu)

7. Mark Twain an American writer, journalist and public figure. His work covers many genres - humor, satire, philosophical fiction, publicism and others. As an author, he took the position of the humanist and democrat. His famous works are 'The Adventures of Tom Swayer’ and 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ (Huckleberry Finn and Tom Swayer)

8. Louisa May Alcott — an American writer who became famous for her novel 'Little Women’ which was based on her memories about her growing up time with three sisters (The Story of Little Women) 9. Herman Melville — an American writer and seaman, the author of 'Moby Dick, or the Whale’. Wrote not just prose but also poems (Moby Dick) 10. Edgar Allan Poe — an American writer, poet, essayist, literature critic and editor, the representative of American romantism. The creater of modern detective style and genre of psychological prose. He became famous for his novel 'Murders on Morgue St.’ (A Cat on Morgue St.) By Akaigami via Tumblr

Photo: Ishmael Reed in 2015. (Rommel Demano/Getty Images)

Happy 79th birthday to author, poet and activist Ishmael Reed! Reed is known for his satire and political and social commentary. His 1976 novel Flight to Canada tells the story of three slaves on the run, and his 1972 novel Mumbo Jumbo was a National Book Award finalist. Check him out, you guys!

-Intern Kelli

10 Should Reads

for Ladies into Ladies into Sci-fi/Fantasy

[You like Buffy, contemporary urban fantasy, witches, sisterhood, Young Adult]

[You like classic fantasy, epic fantasy, quests, magic, sole survivors]

[You like military fantasy, matriarchal societies, female warriors, slow-burn bow chicka-wow-wow]

[You like shapeshifters, secret societies, romance, star crossed lovers]

[You like super powered mutants, near future dystopias, underdogs, and orphans who like to box]

[You like Zombies, pop culture references, innuendos and sass]

[You like Norse mythology, urban fantasy, blacksmiths, dragons and Portland]

[You like classic Science Fiction, parallel universes, poetry and philosphy]

[You like gothic ghost stories, mind-fucks, atmospheric autumn novels in a New England setting]

[You like robots, space, science fiction, wit, scathing satire]

You really should read more lesbian books, so you’re perfectly free to see this as the kick in the ass that you need to do just that. Pick one and read it. Pick two, read both. Pick all. Just read more lesbian books.

The Northrop Frye Theory of A Song of Ice and Fire (or, why you can be certain this series won’t have a downer ending)

The affinity between the mythical and the abstractly literary illuminates many aspects of fiction, especially the more popular fiction which is real enough to be plausible in its incidents and yet romantic enough to be a “good story,” which means a clearly designed one. (p 139)

This quote comes from Northrop Frye’s 1957 essay “Archetypal Criticism” in his book Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays. An influential Canadian literary critic, Fye is especially known for his work on William Blake. I’d been familiar with his theory of the four mythoi (generalized story patterns) since high school, and while reading A Song of Ice and Fire I became convinced that Martin has to be aware of it as well. Thus I decided to read the entire essay it comes from to test the idea (not an easy task; it’s 110 pages of very dense text), and that conviction has grown to the point that I want to write the man to ask him directly.

Of course, it doesn’t entirely matter if Martin has read Frye’s work, because his mythoi are archetypes. Frye’s theory of archetypes doesn’t necessitate a collective unconscious like Jung’s; rather, he’s talking about the cultural legacy Western society has inherited primarily from Hellenistic and Biblical traditions, the tropes and symbols we all recognize instinctively. It’s part of our cultural unconscious, the background noise we’ve all received since childhood.

There’s a lot in this essay that could be applicable to aSoIaF, such as how wolves and dragons are classic archetypes of evil or at least dangerous and untamed nature, or how literature versus mythology gives you more freedom to subvert archetypal meaning, but I want to focus on his idea of mythos, and how he argues that there are four major mythoi, comedy, romance, tragedy, and irony, and that they archetypally correspond to the four seasons, spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

You should already be able to guess a little of where this is going.

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This is your God

Some of you may know this already, but only realised today that these pieces of paper Seungri throws around in BigBang’s SOBER MV are a clear reference to John Carpenter’s movie They Live.

They Live is an American satirical science fiction action horror film released in 1988. The story is set in LA. The main character, John Nada, finds a box of sunglasses and keep one pair before hiding the box. When he puts the sunglasses, he discovers a black & white world revealing advertising and media actually hide subliminal messages (source: Wikipedia).

Nada sees through the sunglasses that most of wealthy people are actually aliens with skeleton face (gosh, those aliens are so creepy).

And now, about the reference in SOBER MV, it is actually what money looks like in the black & white world: pieces of paper with “THIS IS YOUR GOD” on it.

In SOBER MV, we can see that BigBang are in two worlds: a green natural environment, in which Seungri throws bank notes, and an empty white world, in which bank notes are substituted by the pieces of paper with “THIS IS YOUR GOD” on it.

Voilà, that’s pretty much what I noticed, I’m too lazy to make a deeper analysis. This is for those who didn’t know.


From 1945 until 1955, Austria was under Allied occupation. Wearying of foreign control, the Austrian government commissioned a science fiction political satire film: “1.April 2000” (1952). Directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner, the film depicts a futuristic Austria in the final year of the 20th century still under joint American, British, French, and Soviet occupation.


*This is so next-level.

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Goddamn, that pyramid ship is basically a fantasy version of a 40k ship(which is funny, because there's already Warhammer Fantasy)

Warhammer 40K follows a very, very British trajectory, in that it started off as a satire of Dune with a dry sense of irony, but over time started to take itself more and more seriously (and please note that satire is not always the same thing as comedy). Judge Dredd followed the same path: it started as a satire of the Yankee action movie ethos and machismo, but it built up so much lore that most Judge Dredd stories became straight action/adventure with way less satiric intent.

You don’t see this happen in American works as often. I understand this is an imperfect comparison, but Futurama started off satirizing science fiction, and it continued doing so. It had very effective drama moments, to be sure….but Futurama never switched gears into fully becoming Flash Gordon or something like that.

Never promise to do the possible. Anyone could do the possible. You should promise to do the impossible, because sometimes the impossible was possible, if you could find the right way, and at least you could often extend the limits of the possible. And if you failed, well, it had been impossible.
—  Terry Pratchett, Going Postal (2004)
netflix masterpost 03/27/15
  • I only had time to do 4 categories: action adventure, drama, comedy & family but I'll make more for TV, anime, sci-fi, horror and such later. they're all movies that I've seen and enjoyed, my personal favorites are starred ☆
  • action/adventure:
  • django unchained
  • lock, stock and two smoking barrels ☆
  • super
  • kill bill volumes 1&2 ☆
  • cool world ☆☆
  • the fifth element ☆
  • world war z
  • from dusk till dawn ☆
  • the crow
  • equilibrium
  • get the gringo
  • homefront (weird but entertaining)
  • drama:
  • trainspotting ☆
  • forrest gump
  • big fish ☆
  • pulp fiction ☆
  • american beauty ☆
  • fargo ☆
  • crash
  • rain man
  • k-pax
  • good will hunting
  • waking life ☆
  • lawless
  • city of god ☆☆
  • chinatown ☆
  • reign over me
  • sling blade
  • out of the furnace
  • the wolf of wall street
  • fried green tomatoes
  • basquiat ☆☆
  • poetic justice
  • y tu mama tambien
  • amores perros ☆☆
  • antichrist
  • comedy:
  • billy madison
  • zoolander
  • ferris bueller's day off
  • jay and silent bob strike back
  • airplane
  • airplane 2, the sequel
  • the naked gun
  • heathers ☆
  • wayne's world
  • wayne's world 2
  • clerks
  • school of rock
  • chasing amy ☆
  • mr. deeds
  • mean girls
  • the interview
  • adventureland
  • trading places
  • groundhog day
  • the cable guy
  • clueless
  • fear and loathing in las vegas ☆
  • cheech & chongs up in smoke
  • crystal fairy & the magical cactus
  • tommy boy
  • coming to america
  • the ladies man ☆
  • prince avalanche ☆
  • hitch
  • cone heads
  • who framed roger rabbit ☆
  • bruce almighty
  • family movies:
  • labyrinth
  • mulan
  • robinhood ☆☆
  • aristocats ☆
  • pocahontas
  • hook
  • jumanji
  • the nightmare before christmas ☆
  • fantasia ☆☆
  • fantasia 2000
  • the croods
  • fox and the hound ☆
  • dumbo ☆
  • the rescuers down under
  • lilo & stitch
  • 101 dalmatians


Table of Contents:

Part 1: The Basics of Genres
Part 2: Counting Genres
Part 3: Ever Versatile Action and Adventure
Part 4: Alternative History & Its Relation to Historical Fiction
Part 5: Finding the Funny Bone with Humor
Part 6: What’s the Fuss About Classics?
Part 7: The Roots of Human Identity (cultural heritage fiction)
Part 8: Dystopian Literature
Part 9: The Line Between Romance and Erotica
Part 10: The Pulse of Oral Tradition (folk and fairy tales, legends, mythology)
Part 11: The Nightmare of Overlapping Fantasy
Part 12: Not Your Germanic Goths (gothic fiction)
Part 13: Stories of the Horrific (horror fiction)
Part 14: Focusing on Inner Dialogue (literary fiction)
Part 15: Do You Believe in Magic? (magical realism fiction)
Part 16: From Screen to Page and Beyond (media tie-in fiction)
Part 17: A Genre Where Accuracy Counts (occupational fiction)
Part 18: Beyond the Physical (metaphysical fiction)
Part 19: Egg Over-Easy – No Wait (mystery, detective, crime fiction)
Part 20: Embracing the Other World (supernatural fiction)
Part 21: Politics and a Splash of Comedy (political, satire fiction)
Part 22: Putting the Suspense in the Story (thriller fiction)
Part 23: The Spiritual Has Come a Long Way (religious fiction)
Part 24: Sagas and the Family
Part 25: Science Fiction, Sci-Fi, SF, and Its Variations
Part 26: When the Fans Hit the Stands (sports fiction)
Part 27: Military Fiction in the Fray (military fiction)
Part 28: An American-centric Genre (western fiction)
Part 29: Genres and What For?
Part 30: Some Parting Thoughts

(Note from Pear: This series is indefinitely open to new posts. As they are added, this post will be updated. Like always, you can find original content in the posts by pear tag and the table of contents tag for series.)