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NaNoWriMo Day 4 Research

What kind of story is it? I want it to be somewhat absurd like a ‘farce’.

A farce is a comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay. It has crude characterizations and ludicrous improbable situations. A farce describes an event that is absurd and/or disorganized. The characters are deliberately exaggerated.

Examples of famous farces:

  • John Cleese in Fawlty Towers and Monty Python.
  • Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales
  • Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of being Earnest
  • William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors
  • ‘Allo! ‘Allo! 
  • Airplane!
  • Freaky Friday
  • Arsenic and old lace. I fondly remember the character Teddy who believes he is President F. D. Roosevelt and how he announces his presence with a bugle.
  • Mrs Brown’s Boys
  • My Boetie se boetie se baba    ?

How to write a perfect farce: According to John Cleese, the absurd situations must be believable. It must read like clockwork: writer winds it up with credible premises and let’s it unwind with inevitable but startling logic. The characters are usually stereotyped. Sex and death are common themes.

So, if I do decide to write a farce maybe older characters would be more appropriate.

I also wanted to research how a trial is described in some absurd texts, because I’m thinking of including one in my story.

In Alice in Wonderland Chapter 11: Who stole the tarts? Caroll uses the following words/jargon: court, judge, jurors, herald (messenger) reads accusation, witness, testimony, jury box, verdict.

I’m thinking perhaps I should read Kafka’s The Trial. It describes a legal process but doesn’t process anything.