Welcome to our funny fiction series. We’re highlighting a variety of appeal factors or elements of humorous fiction to help our readers find that next great read (and hopefully a few laughs along the way).
What are you in the mood to read right now? Do you like entertaining books that are less mainstream? If so, you’re in luck, because the books in this blog post feature quirky characters with an offbeat tone.
What are Quirky Characters?
A quirky person is someone who is thought of as unusual – in an interesting way. Quirky characters are typically eccentric and idiosyncratic. They add charm and humor to the stories they appear in and their behavior often ranges from the peculiar to bizarre to whimsical.
What’s an Offbeat Tone?
Offbeat means different from the ordinary, usual or expected. An offbeat tone is conveyed through plot twists, off the wall humor and unique personalities. Books with an offbeat tone include stories that are unconventional or unusual in some way.
The riotous journal of an octogenarian who is far from reaching the end of his life traces a year in his care home in Amsterdam, revealing the ups and downs of his misadventures with the anarchic “Old-But-Not-Dead Club” and a longtime crush whom he courted to devastating effect.
A collection of one dozen short stories includes the title piece, in which a “relive box” allows users to re-experience almost any moment from their past, and “The Five-Pound Burrito,” in which a man aspires to make the town’s largest burrito.
Part love story, part workplace drama, this sharply observed novel is a witty critique of the false judgments we make in a social-media-obsessed world. “New York Times” bestselling author Sophie Kinsella has written her most timely novel yet.
Fired from his ESPN job after one too many public humiliations, a charismatic gambler reevaluates his circumstances while outmaneuvering the police and a murderous bookie, only to receive an unexpected inheritance that triggers his effort to win back his ex in accordance with a misremembered ending of “The Great Gatsby.”
There is a long tradition of Great Detectives, and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. But his search for a missing cat uncovers a ghost, a time traveler, AND the devastating secret of humankind! Detective Gently’s bill for saving the human race from extinction: NO CHARGE.