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Bizarro Fiction is a contemporary literary genre, which often uses elements of absurdism, satire, and the grotesque, along with pop-surrealism and genre staples, in order to create subversive, weird, and entertaining works.

Origins[]

Bizarro literature can trace its roots at least as far back as the foundation of Eraserhead Press in 1999, but the description of the literature as "Bizarro" is a more recent development. Previous terms used to refer to the burgeoning scene include "irreal" and "new absurdism", but neither of these was used broadly. On 19 June 2005, Kevin Dole II released "What The Fuck is This All About", a sort of manifesto for the then unnamed genre. While the essay does not feature the word "Bizarro," subsequent discussion about the essay led to the name as well as the inauguration of the Mondo Bizarro Forum.

In his essay, "The Nab Gets Posthumously Bizarroized", Tom Bradley traces the genre's roots back in literary history to the time of Vladimir Nabokov's "gogolization," and his cry of despair and horror at having his central nervous system colonized: "...after reading Gogol, one's eyes become gogolized. One is apt to see bits of his world in the most unexpected places." Bradley claims the Bizarro movement is continuing and fulfilling that gogolization process, under the name "Bizarroization": "...we have been completing the preposterous project which [Nabokov] took over from Gogol nearly a hundred years ago.." Bradley further asserts that Bizarro writers can trace their spiritual roots back to the letters which Ovid wrote while exiled on the Black Sea.

Visuals[]

Bizarro visuals are inspired by the covers of Bizzaro Fiction books. This literary genre uses every and any color. It doesn't have an exact pattern, texture or effect, but it mixes pretty much anything together — like an apocalypse with monsters made of food, or perhaps a grape eating a human.

Fashion[]

Bizzaro fashion, like the visuals, is absurdist. Odd or impractical clothing is in keeping with this aesthetic. Fashion inspired by Retro-Futurism is also part of Bizarro fashion. Makeup is optional but if one were to use makeup with this aesthetic, it would have to resemble a monster from bizarro fiction or anything similar. However, fashion for Bizarro Fiction is optional because the aesthetic is more literary than visual.

Activities[]

  • Interacting with and/or creating Bizarro Fiction works

Media[]

Shows[]

  • Rick and Morty (2013-present)
  • Planet Sheen (2010-2013)

Movies[]

  • Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy (1968)
  • The Holy Mountain (1973)
  • Forbidden Zone (1982)
  • Meet the Feebles (1989)
  • The Dark Backward (1991)
  • Cemetery Man (1994)

Books[]

  • The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade (Cameron Pierce, 2012)
  • The Bizarro Starter Kit: An Introduction to the Bizarro Genre (Carlton Mellick III, Jeremy Robert Johnson, and John Edward Lawson, 2006)
  • The Bizarro Starter Kit (Cameron Pierce, Cody Goodfellow, and Jeff Burk, 2010)
  • Hungry Bug (Carlton Mellick III, 2014)
  • The Big Meat (Carlton Mellick III, 2017)
  • Bio Melt (Carlton Mellick III, 2015)

Videos[]

Music[]

Albums[]

Songs[]

  • Winter by Paul Halley
  • Bizarro Genius Baby by MC Frontalot

Resources[]

External links to help get a better understanding of this aesthetic.

Pinterest Boards[]

Gallery[]

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