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November 2014

Huisvrouw met schoonmaakattributen / A housewife surrounded by cleaning utensils #funread

Join the discussion this month about #funread.  We will be focusing on all things fun in this discussion (and it will be fun to see what ideas people include).

Suggesting a #funread to someone else is one of the toughest things to do.  Each of us finds fun in different ways.  We all laugh at different things.

Fun and funny are not universal.  With the suggestions for how you might explore #funread, some will appeal and others will have you wondering how anyone can think that could possibly be fun.  We don’t want someone’s fun to cause someone else harm.

If you read comics, think about the ones which are the most fun.  If you don’t read comics, try one.  Do you do cosplay for fun?

Some #funread areas can have cringe or groan qualities.  Chick lit (for example Anita Heiss, Jennifer Crusie, Helen Fielding) and ladlit (with authors like Nick Hornby, Ben Elton and Matt Dunn) can bring those qualities out, in a gentle way.

Anh Do, Miranda Hart, Stephen Fry, Dawn French, Caitlin Moran, Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, all are self deprecating, amusing, but all with a story to tell.

What are your favourite comedy films?  Do you like slapstick, or do you prefer your fun to be darker or more subtle? Do you love Cath and Kim? Hamish and Andy? The Goons, Red Dwarf, anything by John Cleese?

Parodies like Sense and sensibility and sea monsters will be divisive.  As can satire like Gullivers travels.  Does The Eyre affair excite or worry you?

Cheesy jokes (some of these may be nsfw) have a wonderful cringe quality while making us laugh (at least some of the time) while other times we will be groaning instead. Do your children love joke books?  The fart -ionary by Andy Jones has many followers. Do the jokes get better with age or just pass through the generations?

Shaun the sheep is a great watch and play for #funread as are Wallace and Gromit with gentle humour.

Are there crime (Hamish McBeth, Janet Evanovich), romance (Anne Gracie), fantasy (Steampunk laughed all through Gail Carriger Soulless etc) and science fiction titles (Redshirts by John Scalzi) which are #funread?  Are there other genres which are #funread for you?  Do you like spoof horror?  Can a #funread also be a painful read?  Or does your #funread have dark edge to the humour and fun?

The whole point of holidays should be that they are fun.  Do you enjoy planning and researching holidays?  Do you plan in detail, or do you discover as you go along?  Do you like someone else to do all the planning for you?  Is a #funread thinking about where you might go on holiday – even if you never get there?  Do you have things which are special #funread for while you are on holidays?

Games are a great area to explore for fun.  They can be fun because of who you play with, of what happens in the game, or the story – and this is just for starters.  What games do you play for #funread? Which games make you laugh out loud when you play them? Which games do you keep coming back to?

What hobbies do you enjoy?  Are you a cook, a woodworker, do you belong to a singing group, do you cycle, do you weed national parks, paint, sculpt, recycle and reuse?  How do you find out more about your hobbies?  Why do you enjoy your hobbies?

While you are reading, playing or watching your #funread, you might like to tweet about it using #funread #rwpchat so that other people can have a conversation with you about your #funread.  You can add to the discussion on Pinterest too. You might like to post your photographs to Instagram or Flickr and use #funread #rwpchat so others can share in your reading, watching and playing.

There will be a twitter discussion on 25 November starting at 8.00pm Australian Eastern Summer Time.   9.00pm New Zealand  Time, 6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Time, 9am – 11am, 2pm – 4pm, 6pm – 8pm GMT.  Note this is a staggered discussion.

Use the tags #funread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of funread, so others can join in the conversation too.

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