Adaptation is the perfect example of a seemingly "offbeat comedy." That fact that so much turmoil and conflict revolves around Orchids - a rare plant, yet trivial in comparison to most other factors in life, is comical /ironic by itself. However, the tragic demise of characters over the course of the story brings a sense of crude reality to the surface. Also, the concept of illusion versus reality pertains to Susan Orlean's novel. Unlike how her novel plays out, Orchids had a negative impact on her life in the long run.