Fans of Irony, Take Note [socs]


Back on Usenet, I was in a writing chat and we often used the phrase “fans of irony, take note,” commonly abbreviated as FOITN. But I’m not sure we were using irony correctly. Mostly, we were engaging in sarcasm when we decided someone was being a hypocrite. For example, if I said I didn’t like swearing, but a month later I wrote dammit, someone might go FOITN.

Rain on your wedding day isn’t ironic either, just unfortunate. I do like Alanis Morissette in general, but you know what? Her songs were better, more intense, when she was single and miserable. Then she met someone and her music became bland and boring. Is that ironic? I can’t imagine wanting to write if I were in a happy relationship ~ a lot of my inspiration comes from loneliness and sad memories.

That’s not to say I’m unhappy ~ I’m talking about writing inspiration. Take Ghosted, for example; it began as a reaction to getting ghosted in real life and then it spiraled out into its own universe. What’s possibly ironic about that book is its drift into the supernatural when I don’t believe in that at all. But it’s fun to play with in fiction and poetry.

Irony is something unexpected and often amusing. I think The Gift of the Magi story about a poor couple illustrates the concept perfectly. She sells her beautiful hair to buy a gold chain for his pocket watch; he sells his watch to buy fancy combs for her long tresses. Neither of them can use their gifts, which is unexpected and funny, but they have something better, which is true love.

Happy Saturday!

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19 responses to “Fans of Irony, Take Note [socs]

  1. I feel the same way, as the only reason that I blog is because my life is not perfect and the day that I hit the lottery will be the end of my blogging.

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  2. Irony is slippery. It has to do with tragic alignments, somehow? GOTM is the one great example. I’m not sure. I think the term, unironically is often misused, used erroneously to replace “seriously,” as in “Back in the Sixties, I never said the word ‘groovy’ unironically.”

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  3. In New Mexico rain on your wedding day is a blessing and sign of good fortune.

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  4. Irony is a very difficult subject 💜💜

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  5. The day of my wedding it rained, and thundered all day and night. Eat first I was so upset but then I was told that was good luck and that’s then only thing that made me happy. Hope that was true. LOL

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  6. I’m in a happy relationship, so I’m writing about miserable things that happen to other people.🤷‍♀️

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