A humorous imitation of a piece of literature or piece of writing is known as a parody. For many years, it has been a part of contemporary culture. A parody can be seen in various artistic and literary works, including literature, art, film, drama, poetry, etc. In contemporary society, a parody is considered a humorous redux of art. In order to make fun of an art, a parody is used. For most people, it was a type of ridicule, but for some people it was the highest form of flattery. 

The parody was originated in ancient Greece and the word ‘par’ means “beside” and ‘ody’ means “song” or “ode”. In ancient Greece period, a parody was a poem or song, which imitated the style and flow of another poem. With each passing day, the parodies became popular and widely used in everyday language. Nowadays, parodies are extensively used in television, movies, books and music. 

Parody Definition 

Parody is defined as an imitation of a specific artist, writer or a genre. In simple words, imitating or misrepresenting somebody’s piece of writing or art in a humorous way is known as parody. In a parody, a literary or artistic work is intentionally exaggerated so as to create a comic effect. The humorous effect is produced by imitating and over stressing some specific features of a popular piece of literature. For example, in cartoon serial, certain habits of a character are highlighted to create a humorous effect. Similarly, in a poem, phrase or any other literary work, something is imitated to make fun of it and achieve humor. In our day-to-day life, we can implement these techniques for the sake of fun and laughter. For instance, by imitating someone’s accent, we can create a comic effect. 

Parody Synonym

The list of synonyms of parody is mentioned below:

1. Irony
2. Caricature 
3. Satire
4. Skit
5. Burlesque
6. Joke
7. Ridicule
8. Mimicry 
9. Mime
10. Misrepresentation 
11. Spoof
12. Lampoon
13. Mockery
14. Travesty 
15. Copy 
16. Raillery
17. Takeoff
18. Jest
19. Farce
20. Pastiche

Parody Ideas

A parody is an imitation of a person or an event or a cultural idea. It is used for entertaining purpose and to create a humorous effect. Many people considered parody as mocking, whereas some view it as a form of flattery. Parodies are better known as satire or spoofs, which are widely used in entertainment and art fields. Let us understand how to get ideas for parodies.

  1. Search for different examples of parody, spoofs, farce or satire in entertainment, art or literature. 
  2. Jot down the funny incidents or jokes while watching or reading parodies. Besides, observe and identify what things make the situation comic and entertaining for the audience.  
  3. Take others opinion regarding the satire they enjoy the most. Ask them about the parodies, which they usually enjoy in television or movies. 
  4. Create comic characters in your writing and make parodies of them. It has been observed that most of the parodies are based on famous people. Hence, you can parody the popular celebrities or someone you know. Make sure that you do not copy an existing parody. 
  5. Create interesting characters and write some effective dialogues that will amuse the audience or reader. Moreover, you can also show extreme behaviour or reaction of the character so as to make it more influencing and entertaining. 

Parody Examples

The parodies that remain all time favourite of people are mentioned below:  
  • The Chipmunk Song
  • Robin Hood: Men in Tights (Spoof on all Robin Hood Movies)
  • Austin Powers (Spoof on James Bond Movies) 
  • Police Academy (Spoof on Police Movies of the 1980s) 
  • Chappelle’s Show 
  • Fifty Shades of Chicken (A Parody in a Cookbook)
  • Board of the Rings  (Harvard Lampoon)
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Seth Grahame-Smith)
  • Spaceballs (Spoof on Star Wars Movies) 
  • Green Christmas (a 1960’s parody of ‘White Christmas’ by Stan Freberg)