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Poop fiction

poop fiction n.

A literary genre that uses potty humor and off-color jokes to appeal
to young children.

Example Citations
In children's publishing, the smell of success has a rather offensive
odour these days.

From the Captain Underpants series to Walter The Farting Dog, tales
of breaking wind are turning slews of children onto what is being
described as "poop fiction." Walter's latest adventure, Trouble At
The Yard Sale, co-written by Canadian Glenn Murray, was Number 1 on
the New York Times bestseller list last week. There's even a
scratch-and-whiff book planned.
--"Chatter," The Toronto Star, May 2, 2004

[Glenn] Murray, an educator-turned-children's author from Canada, is
still getting used to the ruckus over two books he co-wrote. They
feature "Walter the Farting Dog," a flatulent pooch whose little
problem saves the day time and time again.

The content might seem quirky and even off-color to some. But these
days, potty humor is big in the world of popular children's
literature - from the "Captain Underpants" series to such
best-selling titles as "Zombie Butts from Uranus!"

Parents jokingly call the genre the kid's version of pulp fiction -
or "poop fiction."
--Martha Irvine, "Farts, underpants and 'Zombie Butts' - authors
using irreverent humor to get kids reading," The Associated Press,
April 29, 2004

This sense of "poop fiction" dates only to 2002 (see the earliest
citation, below). However, writers have used "poop fiction" as a
potty-inspired play on "pulp fiction" (1955) for a few years now. The
earliest use I found was from the May 7, 1995 edition of the
Washington Post Style Invitational -- titled "Poop Fiction" -- which
asked readers to "come up with the opening lines of a book so bad it
will compel you to stop reading immediately."

Earliest Citation
The introduction of what could simply be described as poop fiction is
capturing the attention of a generation of reluctant readers. It is a
genre of texts where stories can include words such as fart, bum and
the gamut of bodily functions, as well as plots based on naughty
antics that poke fun at adults.
--Kim Cotton, "Poop Fiction," Illawarra Mercury (Australia), August
31, 2002

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chick lit:

hysterical realism:

Kmart realism:

lad lit:



tart noir:

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Words About Words
A children's writer should, ideally, be a dedicated semi-lunatic, a
kind of poet with a marvellous idea, who, preferably, when not
committing the marvellous idea to paper, does something else of a
quite different kind, so as to acquire new and rich experience.
--Joan Aiken, English writer, _The Way to Write for Children_, 1982

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