Looking For Alaska

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Multiple Genre Disorder Shopping for a book in a book store can be a bit of a hunt. Most stores, such as Books-A-Million, categorize the books according to genre. Unfortunately for some shoppers, some books don’t fit so comfortably in just one genre, but into several sections throughout the book store. Although Looking for Alaska typically falls under the genre of “Young Adult”, it could also be easily categorized under comedy, romance, and tragedy as well. Comedies are works of literature that is light and humorous, that most often have a happy conclusion. Throughout Looking for Alaska, the students of Culver Creek Boarding School in Alabama are up to no good more often than not. Pranks are a fun pass-time for these students, and prove to be quite hilarious to the reader as well. Some pranks include the “Armless Mermaid,” where main character, Miles, is duct tapped from head to toe then thrown into the lake, and “Subverting the Patriarchal Paradigm,” also known as “The Alaska Young Memorial Prank,” is when the students planned for a stripper to come to “Speaker Day” at Culver Creek and perform for the faculty and students (12,102-103). Another essence of comedy in the novel is Laura’s accent, she is a student from Russia who has trouble the vowel sound –i (25). Having high school aged characters make for an easy set up for comedy in awkward situations. One awkward situation was when Laura and Miles both did not know how oral sex was performed and had to ask Alaska for help (66).Lastly, comedies typically have so called “happy endings” where the conflict is happily resolved. In the case of Looking for Alaska, Miles “Pudge” Halter finds forgiveness after Alaska’s death (112). On page 112, Pudge comes to the realization, “So I know she forgives me, just as I forgive her.” Even though Pudge still didn’t get the girl of his dreams, he is able to find peace and can

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