Tuesday, April 15, 2008

What is a satire?

Got some harsh criticism about my story "A fairy's tail."

I think I need to point out the definition of a Satire, since apparently it wasn't made obvious by my intentional misuse of the word "tail" in the title of my story.

According to Wikipedia, in satire, human or individual vices, follies, abuses, or shortcomings are held up to censure by means of ridicule, derision, burlesque, irony, or other methods, ideally with an intent to bring about improvement.

Get that? With an intent to bring about improvement. Okay, read on:

Also according to Wikipedia: Although satire is usually meant to be funny, the purpose of satire is not primarily humor in itself so much as an attack on something of which the author strongly disapproves, using the weapon of wit.

Are we getting it yet? Perhaps we should take another stab at "A fairy's tail," and this time don't take things quite so seriously.

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