The Twisted Tales Reading Challenge is hosted by author Charlie Courtland at Bitsy Bling Books.
*Click the above links or image to sign up
Details (from Charlie):
How do I know if it's "Twisted?" I'll let you decide. Use your own judgement and reading experience, but most contain common elements (not limited to the ones listed below). I'm sure I haven't thought of them all - if it's weird, it's twisted and counts. Stop fretting, just read.
- Absurd - Focuses on the experiences of characters in a situation where they cannot find any inherent purpose in life, most often represented by ultimately meaningless actions and events. Common elements are satire, dark humor,incongruity, abasement of reason and philosophy.
- Dark comedy - A comedy having gloomy or disturbing elements, especially one in which a character suffers an irreparable loss. A comedy characterized by morbid or grimly satiric humor.
- Satire When vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement. Although satire is usually meant to be funny, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit as a weapon. A common feature of satire is strong irony or sarcasm, but also parody, burlesque, exaggeration; juxtaposition, comparison, analogy, and double entendre are frequently used.
- Bizarro Just what it sounds like ‘weird.’ May employ elements of surrealism, avant-garde, science fiction, fantasy, gore, humor, and sometimes borderlines on pornographic. Content is often strange, thought-provoking and most importantly, entertaining. General definition compiled from info. found at: Eraserhead Press http://www.bizarrocentral.com/about.html
- 1-12 I scare small children
- 13-24 I'm a certified nutbar
- 25-48 A straight jacket won't hold me. RUN!
Begins January 1, 2012 but you can join at anytime. All books read in 2012 count towards the challenge regardless of when you sign up.
Audiobooks do not count - that's listening, not reading. All other formats, accepted.
Track your own progress. Update and post at your convenience. An end of the year wrap-up post is encouraged, but not required. Post as often as you like and please, if you liked the book, don't forget to write a review (amazon, B&N, Goodreads ect.) - again, not required, but greatly appreciated. Trust me, the authors will love you for it.
If you need help choosing twisted tale reads check out TWISTED TALES SHELF at Goodreads or visit Bizarro Central for starter ideas - but certainly not limited to these reads or sites. Got a recommendation to share, leave it in the comments and I will add it to the list. Thx.
Bonus(not required): Since your reading books anyways, why not earn some free bizarro books by joining the brigade? Click on Bizarro Brigade for more info. - Not required for participation in challenge, just a helpful suggestion :) Bizarro on Facebook.
I had to sign up for this challenge. 1) because Charlie rocks and 2) I like bizarre books as much as the next guy...girl...whatever! I'm going for the 'I Scare Small Children" 1-12 level. I'm including Charlie's book, The Secret of a Spicy Jalapeno, as I still owe her a review (stupid backlog!) and I really want to read it besides! I'm also going to read at least one Chuck Palahniuk book, probably Fight Club, one I've been wanting to read for years. Incidentally, all books will come from my own shelves. I have 2000+ fiction books languishing away (and a fair share of twisted tales) and it's time to get to them. Another book I'll include, which will cross over with a few other challenges is House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. We'll see where else the road takes me!
- The Secret of a Spicy Jalapeno by Charlies Courtland
- Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
- House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski