On coming on Fictionpress and checking out the essay section, you can scroll down and select the genre you would like to read through. Or, if you don't care about genre and simply choose to browse, you can still see the genere in the summary.
Oh look! An example!
9. Guide to Things a Fantasy Author should Never Do by The Mumbling Sage reviewsAfter much painful research, I have brought you a master list of 23 things that will never work in your writing. Ever. Ouch!Sorry, I sort of choked on the tounge in my cheek.
Complete - Fiction Rated: K+ - English - Parody/General - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1988 - Reviews: 21 - Updated: 7-10-07 - Published: 7-10-07
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So let's say you find something that claims to be an authority on whatever topic have you. You read it, and discover that this person does't really know what they're talking about.
What should you do?
Well, you could give them an angry review about what idiots they are and how cruel it is to spread the stupidity about. And I see you point. I mean, nothing's worse than being told how to do something by somebody who can't do it themselves. For the moment, we'll toss aside that whole thing about 'those who can't, teach'.
But before you jot off that review (before you do anything, perhaps), you should take a good hard look at the genre.
Does it perhaps say 'humor'? Or, richer still, 'parody'?
Do you perhaps know what a parody is?
'Parody' is defined as 'any humorous, satirical, or burlesque imitation, as of a person, event, etc. ' (by To put blunty, it's making fun of something by pretending to be that thing. Little kids do this on the playground- 'Look, I'm Richard and nobody likes me! (hur hur hur)'. Us older kids do it more subtly, but the fact remains that we are not serious.
Parody is intended to be humorous. If you aren't laughing, and chose to give a parody author a piece of your mind about what an idiot they are at their chosen masquerade (while taking them at face value), just know that humor will still be provided, if not by the author, then by you.