What is parody, anyway?

  • After reading this I came to one conclusion, while others may enjoy it, I apparently wasn’t the intended audience. The author did have a decent plot, but I just couldn’t get into the story or connect with the characters.

  • This was my first book in this series and it was very difficult to read.
  • While there are some quite humorous parts, especially with all the references to self-publishers not being “real” writers. I had a hard time with this book and storyline. In fact, I had to force myself to finish it.


Ouch, ouch, ouch! For the first time, one of our books, Climate Change, is getting negative reviews. What’s happening? Joe and T’Gracie had the most fun ever writing and laughing and writing and laughing. Our publisher, Patricia Rockwell said, “She guffawed all the way through it.” Climate Change is unique from all the others because it is a parody of cozy mysteries. Google a definition of parody and you find one of the best: “an imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect.” Let’s say it again. Deliberate exaggeration for comic effect. Parodies arise, as opposed to satires, not out of a desire to criticize a genre or work, but out of a deep admiration and love. One of the best parodies in cinema is Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein (it’s Frank-in-Steen ) J If you go to that movie expecting to be frightened, you will be disappointed, and you will  need a “seda-give?!” Hint: if you don’t think that is funny, then you won’t like the movie, just as you won’t like Climate Change, and you won’t laugh when Nina goes into the store to find 475 pounds of cat litter. You won’t laugh when “Jim and Pat Hershey (nudge, nudge)-don’t they look cute together” and are later found throwing vases and insults at each other and explaining their vicious battle by saying simply, “We were writing”.

Hey reviewers who don’t get it—start at the beginning. Read Sea Change, and work your way toward Climate Change. Get to know the characters and the subtle humor found in the series. If that doesn’t help, be careful, because you might be beaten up by the feminist body builder Patty Parity.



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