The use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
The definition says it all. Just to clear it up, have you ever come across those political cartoons in a newspaper? Or even general newspaper comic strips, which often find a way to lightly insult a situation in society. Satire would be just that, but I am speaking about the literature version.
Before and after reading a book, I will be found browsing the internet for reviews and alternative interpretations, and there is usually a clear split between love and hate with Satire novels, I could call it the marmite genre. It can easily offend and not everyone understands the bigger picture. Yet for those who are passionate about the topic in discussion it can be a great educator, mind opener and somewhat comical.
For those who do love paradox, juxtapositions and a little humour on the side, these are the books to read. Although be warned, the aim is to leave a serious ‘after taste’, not everyone can handle.
One thing I love about this genre is being able to analyse the hidden meanings, and I guess seeing the issues of life, people and society on a lighter scale (lighter than the way the news would have put it, I guess).
“The worst mistake a writer can make is to assume everyone has an imagination.”
― Andrew McEwan
“Clever is when one is crafty enough to mistake your imagination for intelligence. Smart is when one assumes they are too educated to notice the difference.”
― Kerry E. Wagner
“Satire is the antidote to Pollyanna and Dr. Pangloss. It focuses our gaze sharply upon the contrast between things as they are and as they should be.”
― Edgar Johnson, A Treasury of Satire