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Genre: <i>Humour</i>

The genre Humour incorporates texts that are funny or humourous.

What is Humour?

The genre Humour incorporates texts that are funny or humourous. Humour is different and distinct from the genre Comedy, because Comedy has a history stemming back to ancient theatre and has several different and equally valid definitions. Obviously, the Humour genre is highly subjective. Some texts are written simply for humour value; such as joke books, spoofs, and often, books written by comedians (with the exception of much of the work of Ben Elton). However, many books have Humour as a sub-genre, because the work falls under a literary genre and is also humourous. For example, Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy is both Science fiction and Humour, and Ben Elton’s Stark is both Political and Humour. These books were written in the spirit of light-hearted fun, but also had an overarching genre. The spectrum ranges from books written simply for humour value, and serious books that contain dry, satirical wit. And, of course, always remember that one man’s humour is another man’s that’s-not-funny-at-all.

At, we classify books within the Humour section based on the criteria of the reviewers finding them humourous (or more rarely, if they are supposed to be humourous but aren’t). We have reviews for books all through the humour spectrum.

Top ten Humour books on Illiterarty

  1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  2. Chart Throb by Ben Elton
  3. Naked Pictures Of Famous People by Jon Stewart
  4. The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe by Douglas Adams
  5. Starter For Ten by David Nicholls
  6. Homegrown Democrat by Garrison Keillor
  7. Killing Yourself To Live by Chuck Klosterman
  8. Fargo Rock City by Chuck Klosterman
  9. In The Pond by Ha Jin
  10. A Load Of Old Ball Crunchers by Jo Brand


This entry is written purely for informative purposes, so the readers of can better understand how we classify our books and can therefore make more informed choices about what to read. We do not claim to be an authoritative source. Quote us in essays/important documents at your own risk!

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