I thought Bizarro was just a Superman character…
but he is also a literary genre.
Many people say that science-fiction is weird fiction. But the thing is, most science-fiction has only a single weird element to the story. With bizarro, there are three or more. So to make a science-fiction story bizarro, two or more weird elements should be added.
Jurassic Park – the weird element for this that makes it science-fiction is that it is about a zoo for dinosaurs. So to add another weird element, I’d change the characters from a nice family of scientists to a group of pornographers who have broken into the park in order to film bestiality fetish porn with the dinosaurs. For a third weird element, I’d make it so that the act of having sex with these dinosaurs somehow gave the porn actors super powers. Right there, the story would be weird enough to be labeled bizarro. I’m not sure if it would be any good, but it would be bizarro.
Very clear. Yes.
I think there may be bizarro elements in some of our books. Here they are ranked by Bizarro-ness.
Hollywood on the edge of forever – 2 words “Statham’s Brain” (in the Japanese translation that is three words. In the french, four)
Automatic Assassin – Genocide-based space travel, jelly-based torture, sharkmen with obscene genitalia
Charcoal – Time travel powered by Jack Nicholson, puppets to live, Potentialism
BIZARRO AS THEY WANNA BE
Concrete Underground – “Steve Jobs/Sergey Brin” with a mutilation fetish
Scribbling on Foucault’s Walls – Inventing and Impregnating Madame Foucault
Tokyo Zero – Hovering gurus with flippers
Stray Dog – Death by sock
Vein Fire – Totally jacked up young folk who suddenly attack each other
Backstabbed in Brooklyn – “Harvey Keitel” in life crisis at Chinese Restaurant
(you can buy those books you know… over on the right…one of them is even free I think)