I is for Irony

For the ninth day of the A to Z Blog Challenge, I chose to write about the word, “irony.” I selected it because it was one of only a few i-words I could think of that has something to do with writing.

Irony can be thought of in several terms. Irony can mean a paradox. Irony can mean sarcasm or mockery. Dramatic irony is a technique used in literature through which the reader or audience knows something about the character that the character doesn’t know about himself. Dramatic irony has its roots in the Greek tragedies.

I had planned to write about dramatic irony today, but after what happened to me over the weekend I feel compelled to write about just plain irony. That’s ironic.

If you haven’t already done so, you might want to pause here and read my blog post from yesterday, “H is for Historical Fiction.” The irony of my situation yesterday was that I had thought a blog post about historical fiction would be easy to write, but it turned out to be difficult.

I mentioned author James Alexander Thom in yesterday’s blog post. Ironically, I found a comment by Mr. Thom about irony on his website (www.jamesalexanderthom.com) today. Six of his historical novels, including Follow the River, are available in electronic form.


I found the following statement and quote on the website:

“The author finds the news good, but ironic, musing, ‘I use every bit of my skill and imagination to take my readers hundreds of years into the past – and now they’ll visit those old days through the screen of an electronic gizmo.’”

That’s irony.

Until my next blog post

I hope you have a good book to read. If you’re an author, I hope you have quality writing time.


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