Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Five of the best novels written as genre parodies that stand on their own

At the B&N Reads blog Nicole Hill tagged five novels written as genre parodies that stand on their own, including:
The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

The complexities run deep in Goldman’s beloved book and the equally beloved movie classic. In its published form, the narrative in-joke is that this, The Princess Bride, is merely an abridged version of a classic fairy tale, originally by S. Morgenstern, itself a supposed satire. It’s not, of course. Instead, Goldman penned the novel based on stories he made up for his daughters. The result is a book that lovingly tweaks the fairy tale format, while delivering a swashbuckling escapade that has all the fantasy elements you could want.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Princess Bride is among Jeff Somers's five best grandfathers in literary history, Sebastien de Castell's five duelists you should never challenge, the Guardian's five worst book covers ever, Nicole Hill's eight notable royal figures in fiction, Rosie Perez's six favorite books, Stephanie Perkins' top ten most romantic books, Matthew Berry's six favorite books, and Jamie Thomson's top seven funny books.

--Marshal Zeringue