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I was asked this question last night by a young writer named Miles, so I decided to blog about it today.
The question was:
How do you guys or the publisher discern what is bizarro and what is weird for weirds sake?
This was my answer:
Well, in a way, all bizarro is weird for the sake of weird. Just as horror is scary for the sake of scary. But weird can have different meanings for different people. Sometimes weird means interesting, sometimes weird means nonsensical, sometimes weird means funny. Bizarro isn’t all definitions of weird.
If it is weird for the sake of being interesting or weird for the sake of being funny, then that is bizarro.
If it is weird for the sake of being random or weird for the sake of being nonsensical, then it is not bizarro.
Really, though, the term “weird for the sake of…
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