Thursday, February 19, 2009

Isn't it Ironic? (or is it?)

I love arguing about irony with my students. They always mix up real irony with mere coincidence. Although irony in literature is fun, I love real world irony even more.

Here's a situation that skirts the boundary between irony and coincidence:

John Joseph Adams was a sponsor of the zombie caption contest over at Tor.com. On the day I found out I had won, I received a rejection in the mail from Fantasy and Science Fiction signed by John Joseph Adams.

Now if that doesn't put the universe in balance, I don't know what does. Is it ironic? Go ask Alanis Morissette; I'm too tired.

15 comments:

katey said...

She tried to be ironic by filling a song with awful coincidences and referring to them as ironic, confusing the hell out of even more kids who didn't get the irony. I think this makes her an agent of the devil, officially.

Then again, kids these days were probably never subjected to the horrors of Alanis. I got nothing.

That is indeed a strange balancing of the universal scales, though. Nice loot, let us know how you like it!

Aaron Polson said...

I just thought it was a pretty funny coincidence.

I use Alanis's song to teach what isn't ironic. That, in itself, is a little ironic.

I should shut up now.

Jeremy D Brooks said...

He was using some of that I-punched you-because-I-care-style trailer park tough love on you.

Catherine J Gardner said...

I love coincidences.

And hey John Joseph Adams signed your rejection - I'm sure that's good. My rejection was by an assistant editor, so I'm almost certain your story journeyed higher up the food chain.

Barry Napier said...

Yeah man, that's ironic. Just like raaaaain on your wedding day. Or a freeeee ride when you've already paid. And I got one hand in my pocket and...oh whoops, wrong song.

K.C. Shaw said...

I'd love to think it's ironic. Certainly it's funny. And it's a lot better than 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife.

Aaron Polson said...

Jeremy - that's the best kind of love

Cate - I wouldn't be so sure...

Barry - thanks for the ear worm

KC - stupid spoons

Natalie L. Sin said...

What does it mean that I keep accidently sending an editor personal emails? Before AND after my poem was accepted : P

Bobbie Metevier said...

You won! Awesome!

Alot of writers experience strange coincidences in their lives. Perhaps because we have our fingers on the pulse of the world.

Yeah, I'm gonna go with that explanation and feel superior for a few minutes.

Cheers!

Bobbie Metevier said...

You won! Awesome!

Alot of writers experience strange coincidences in their lives. Perhaps because we have our fingers on the pulse of the world.

Yeah, I'm gonna go with that explanation and feel superior for a few minutes.

Cheers!

Aaron Polson said...

Natalie - maybe you just believe in full disclosure.

Bobbie - thanks (I'm as shocked as anyone)

Jamie Eyberg said...

That is a pretty good coincidence and your story really must have gotten pretty far up the editorial ladder to get his signature on it.

BT said...

To be perfectly honest - I probably wouldn't have even noticed the signature...

Carrie Harris said...

I don't know if it's ironic, but is sure is damned funny.

Natalie L. Sin said...

The Boy Band got rejected today : (
I'm going to submit it to "Reflections Edge" later today, but let me know if you want to pick another story!