Is humor universal? That was one question that was tackled in our chat. Genders, experiences, and type of humor are different elements of humor that play an important part in that question. There is guy humor and there is girl humor. How each gender approaches it can be wildly different and how authors use it can reflect those differences. That isn't to say either gender can't read humor that relates more to one than the other...it's just the appeal may lean toward one side more than the other.
And then there's humor that's found in serious books. One participant wrote that humor is needed in YA literature to balance the realistic lives in fiction that can be dark and dangerous. I have to be very careful about what I read so that I'm not focused on realistic fiction because of an incident that took places several years ago. After booktalking, a student mentioned that it was depressing and she wasn't interested in any of them because of the mood I created with the titles I talked about. And that student was RIGHT....so now I find as many different genres, and include humor in it.
There are many different places online to find titles about humor that could help out any library and those wanting the "fun" side of YA lit. If you genrefy, does it have it's own genre or it is part of each major genre (one librarian on the chat had an EXCELLENT answer to that one!)? Would you include humorous titles with those darker novels where humor peeks in every now and then (think John Green)? Those are questions that I believe are more personal decisions, but the great thing is the exchange of ideas our chat last night held.
And if you need a title list, never fear! Here are a few resources you can use:
Ebsco's Novelist of Humorous YA Fiction by Tom Reynolds
YALSA's Genre Guide to Young Adult Humor
Humor in YA Fiction Flowchart
And then there is that often looked over section where you can find MANY humorous titles: Non-fiction (and dewey)!! Here's my list of non-fiction/dewey I've read that I couldn't help but chuckle and sometimes outright laugh at:
The Stupid Crook Book by Gregory Leland
Cake Wreck: when professional cakes go hilariously wrong by Jen Yates
How They Croaked: the awful ends of the awfully famous by Georgia Bragg
How They Choked: Failures, flops and flaws of the awfully famous by Georgia Bragg
Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And other adventures in the world's most polluted places by Andrew Blackwell
Historical Heartthrobs: 50 timeless crushes from Cleopatra to Camus by Kelly Murphy
I’m Down: A memoir by Mishna Wolff
We Should Hang Out Some Time: Embarrassingly, a true story by Josh Sundquist
Emily the Strange graphic novels by Rob RegerHappy Bunny Books graphic novels (?) by Jim Benton