What Is A Parody?
(noun) A copy or imitation of a movie, book, etc and making it unrealistic and exaggerated. Often supposed to be a sillier or more goofy version of the real thing.
Some Examples include…
The book The Hunger Pains is based off of the famous book The Hunger Games. The story is a spinoff of the actual Hunger Games movie, and the whole idea of the book uses parody by exaggerating certain names or situations in the story. For example, the main character’s name is Kantkiss Neverclean. The name of the character in the real book is Katniss Everdeen.
This is a copy of the teen movie called Twilight. It exaggerates the aspects on which they tried to represent the vampires in twilight. An example would be instead of Edward (who is a vampire) shining in the sun, he would be completely lit up and blinding to look at in Vampires Suck. This comes off as mocking or sardonic towards the original since it exaggerates the story and characters in a sarcastic way. The entire movie should be taken as a hyperbole.
Meet the Spartans is a copy of the movie 300. It is silly and over exaggerates the most entertaining parts of the original movie. While the king, Leonidas is kicking people into this large hole in the middle of the town, it is supposed to be taken as a serious moment in which he represents his power over everyone. In Meet the Spartans he ends up kicking Britney Spears into the hole instead. It also contains music with dancing that did not appear in the original. Overall it reveals a lot of sarcasm and Horatian satire.
“Weird Al” Yankovic is known for doing many parodies of many different songs, “Trapped in the Drive Thru” is a parody of “Trapped in the Closet” by R. Kelly. It speaks of a very dramatic journey of this man deciding if he wants to eat inside of his house or go to the drive through with his girlfriend. Ordering food is also a very troublesome task. A lot of sarcasm is brought up throughout this parody as well as some irony since it is a very common issue between couples.
By: Jenna, Alex, and Lauren.