Whenever I read a novel, I’m never completely satisfied with it unless it has a good amount of humor in it. I don’t care what it is; fantasy, adventure, mystery, horror…there should always be some funny scenes in it, or at least one character that’s not as serious or just has more personality than all the rest. I LOVE characters who say something smart while in a scary situation. You know they’re just as terrified as everyone else, but they still manage to crack a joke or be snarky, and it adds some level to everything. As though that one character knows somehow that there are bigger and more important things than whatever they happen to be facing. They don’t forget themselves, even in that moment. Also, it makes them more endearing (unless they take it too far and just come off like Chandler from Friends. Then you just want to smack them. Well, I do, anyway) Even if a story makes me cry or feel depressed, if it also made me laugh at least as much, then I can forgive that.
I just don’t think any story is complete unless it’s funny here and there.