Literature Parodies: Yay or Nay?

Back in 2009, I was introduced to my first literary parody:  Nightlight (, which was a comedic version of Twilight, the popular YA novel.   It was The Harvard Lampoon’s creation–but in all honesty, I found it to be mediocre.  Later on, there seemed to be multiple movies that were poking fun at the Twilight series as well.  It became a punchline in almost everything for a couple years.

Then came on The 50 Shades of Grey and all of its sweeping popularity–everything from the novel, to its newest hired lead actors for the movie seemed to cover every news outlet in some shape or form.  Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody ( is now a play currently running.  It seems to be in the same style of Nightlight, except now it’s live on stage.

Now, just today, I heard of The Hungry Hungry Games, a parody of the popular YA novel, The Hunger Games (  It seems to be in the same general style of Spank! in that it is a comedic play spinning off of the original novel.

So, what is your opinion of this new fad?  Does it add to the original piece of literature?  Or is it just another way to profit off of the sweeping trend?

What are your ‘reviews’ of any parody?  Yay or Nay?


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