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26th Feb '16 10:35:18 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''TheresSomethingAboutMary'' (which is very funny) and

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** ''TheresSomethingAboutMary'' ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary'' (which is very funny) and



** ''LoveActually'' also deserves a big mention here, often being subversive and playing with tropes. For example one of the couple is about a guy in love with his best friend's wife and even though he doesn't get her it fits perfectly.

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** ''LoveActually'' ''Film/LoveActually'' also deserves a big mention here, often being subversive and playing with tropes. For example one of the couple is about a guy in love with his best friend's wife and even though he doesn't get her it fits perfectly.



** There's a reason the works of Creator/JaneAusten are still read today, over two hundred years after they were first published; they're witty, insightful and, of course, romantic. ''PrideAndPrejudice'' seems to be the most popular one (both in novel form and in adaptations) but her other works, such as ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'' and ''{{Literature/Emma}}'' also have much to recommend them.

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** There's a reason the works of Creator/JaneAusten are still read today, over two hundred years after they were first published; they're witty, insightful and, of course, romantic. ''PrideAndPrejudice'' ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' seems to be the most popular one (both in novel form and in adaptations) but her other works, such as ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'' and ''{{Literature/Emma}}'' also have much to recommend them.
18th Dec '15 9:03:00 PM nombretomado
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There's tremendous symbolism in the fictional union of Man and Woman, or so claims [[TheSevenBasicPlots Christopher Booker]]. By putting the focus on the love itself on a backdrop of any other plot, the Romance genre distills the symbolism to its essence, showing us two characters who overcome both internal and external obstacles to ultimately come together in the bonds of True Love. Some might even say that it's the job of the Romance genre to be at least that predictable.

So messing with the basics can make for a less satisfying work... maybe even a flawed work (go read Booker's ''TheSevenBasicPlots'' for more info on this). Still, there are possible ways to subvert the traditional elements of the Romance:

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There's tremendous symbolism in the fictional union of Man and Woman, or so claims [[TheSevenBasicPlots [[Literature/TheSevenBasicPlots Christopher Booker]]. By putting the focus on the love itself on a backdrop of any other plot, the Romance genre distills the symbolism to its essence, showing us two characters who overcome both internal and external obstacles to ultimately come together in the bonds of True Love. Some might even say that it's the job of the Romance genre to be at least that predictable.

So messing with the basics can make for a less satisfying work... maybe even a flawed work (go read Booker's ''TheSevenBasicPlots'' ''Literature/TheSevenBasicPlots'' for more info on this). Still, there are possible ways to subvert the traditional elements of the Romance:



[[TheSevenBasicPlots Christopher Booker]] invests a lot of symbolism in his idea of The Comedy, which to him means a pair of lovers kept apart by either (1) the Antagonist or (2) the Hero, while the rest of the cast suffer from general confusion and misunderstanding that keeps them from getting into the proper and fulfilling relationships they're destined to enjoy. Once the Hero or Antagonist comes around (Booker claims it's ''usually'' a HeelFaceTurn that ends a comedy, though occasionally the Antagonist is driven off rather than redeemed), everything is brought to light, everybody finds their proper mate, and there's just a general rejoicing, as though a blight has been driven off the land.

So if you want to invest your story with symbolic roles and relationships, and especially if you want to rise to the level of Shakespeare with three or more couples who through misunderstanding and confusion can't get together until the end, then set yourself down for a long read with Booker's ''TheSevenBasicPlots''. (Long, long, ''long'' read. But it's good stuff.)

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[[TheSevenBasicPlots [[Literature/TheSevenBasicPlots Christopher Booker]] invests a lot of symbolism in his idea of The Comedy, which to him means a pair of lovers kept apart by either (1) the Antagonist or (2) the Hero, while the rest of the cast suffer from general confusion and misunderstanding that keeps them from getting into the proper and fulfilling relationships they're destined to enjoy. Once the Hero or Antagonist comes around (Booker claims it's ''usually'' a HeelFaceTurn that ends a comedy, though occasionally the Antagonist is driven off rather than redeemed), everything is brought to light, everybody finds their proper mate, and there's just a general rejoicing, as though a blight has been driven off the land.

So if you want to invest your story with symbolic roles and relationships, and especially if you want to rise to the level of Shakespeare with three or more couples who through misunderstanding and confusion can't get together until the end, then set yourself down for a long read with Booker's ''TheSevenBasicPlots''.''Literature/TheSevenBasicPlots''. (Long, long, ''long'' read. But it's good stuff.)
19th Sep '15 4:09:16 PM nombretomado
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* Similarly, ''ElfQuest'' has a strong with a well-developed rival during the first graphic novel, and continues to build on the relationship long after the pair is "[[HappilyMarried married]]" (it's complicated). During the far-reaching story, there are moments of culture clash, of separation; the rival throws some new obstacles their way, and we even get to see the main pair as they raise twins. But just the first graphic novel alone would be a good study.

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* Similarly, ''ElfQuest'' ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' has a strong with a well-developed rival during the first graphic novel, and continues to build on the relationship long after the pair is "[[HappilyMarried married]]" (it's complicated). During the far-reaching story, there are moments of culture clash, of separation; the rival throws some new obstacles their way, and we even get to see the main pair as they raise twins. But just the first graphic novel alone would be a good study.
13th Sep '15 4:25:05 PM nombretomado
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*** ''FourWeddingsAndAFuneral''
*** ''NottingHill''

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*** ''FourWeddingsAndAFuneral''
''Film/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral''
*** ''NottingHill''''Film/NottingHill''
6th Jun '15 4:59:39 PM ShinyTsukkomi
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* EurekaSeven is one of those rare shows which combine dramatic romance with action and do it well. If you're looking to cross rom com with sci fi or action, give that a look.

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* EurekaSeven ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' is one of those rare shows which combine dramatic romance with action and do it well. If you're looking to cross rom com with sci fi or action, give that a look.
2nd Jan '14 9:38:27 PM nombretomado
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** There's a reason the works of Creator/JaneAusten are still read today, over two hundred years after they were first published; they're witty, insightful and, of course, romantic. ''PrideAndPrejudice'' seems to be the most popular one (both in novel form and in adaptations) but her other works, such as ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'' and ''{{Emma}}'' also have much to recommend them.

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** There's a reason the works of Creator/JaneAusten are still read today, over two hundred years after they were first published; they're witty, insightful and, of course, romantic. ''PrideAndPrejudice'' seems to be the most popular one (both in novel form and in adaptations) but her other works, such as ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'' and ''{{Emma}}'' ''{{Literature/Emma}}'' also have much to recommend them.
2nd Dec '13 11:14:08 AM nombretomado
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*** ''[[BridgetJones Bridget Jones's Diary]]''

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*** ''[[BridgetJones ''[[Literature/BridgetJones Bridget Jones's Diary]]''
5th Nov '13 9:10:40 AM slvstrChung
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What kind of tone do you want to establish? What kind of jokes do you want to tell? [=RomComs=] are typically light-hearted affairs which emphasize the idea that LovesMakesYouDumb and can lead you into all manner of silly, embarrassing situations. However, there is also a trend of {{deconstruction}} where the "LoveMakesYouDumb" trope is PlayedForDrama instead. The resulting laughs are more in the vein of BlackComedy. While this is a bleaker tone to manage, it has the added benefit of being a lot more realistic: while a sizeable amount of the world population has experience in successful long-term relationships, a ''much'' larger demographic, approaching 100%, has experience with ''failed'' ones. Finally, because dating is (at least partially) a search to find someone to have sex with, [=RomCom=] has the option to multi-class into SexComedy, which is always a wellspring of amusement.

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What kind of tone do you want to establish? What kind of jokes do you want to tell? [=RomComs=] are typically light-hearted affairs which emphasize the idea that LovesMakesYouDumb and can lead you into all manner of silly, embarrassing situations. However, there is also a trend of {{deconstruction}} where the "LoveMakesYouDumb" trope is PlayedForDrama instead. The resulting laughs are more in the vein of BlackComedy. While this is a bleaker tone to manage, it has the added benefit of being a lot more realistic: while a sizeable amount of the world population has experience in successful long-term relationships, a ''much'' larger demographic, approaching 100%, has experience with ''failed'' ones. Finally, because one of the (typical) goals of dating is (at least partially) a search to find someone to have sex with, [=RomCom=] has the option to multi-class into SexComedy, which is always a wellspring of amusement.
5th Nov '13 9:09:47 AM slvstrChung
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Firstly, who are your two love birds? What backgrounds do they come from? How are they different? How are they similar? Are they Peas In A Pod or will OppositesAttract?

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Firstly, who are your two love birds? What backgrounds do they come from? How are they different? How are they similar? Are they Peas In A Pod BirdsOfAFeather or will OppositesAttract?



And what kind of tone do you want to approach? [=RomComs=] are typically light-hearted affairs which emphasize the idea that LovesMakesYouDumb and can lead you into all manner of silly, embarrassing situations. However, there is also a trend of {{deconstruction}} where the "LoveMakesYouDumb" trope is PlayedForDrama instead. The resulting laughs are more in the vein of BlackComedy. While this is a bleaker tone to manage, it has the added benefit of being a lot more realistic: while a sizeable amount of the world population has experience in successful long-term relationships, a ''much'' larger demographic, approaching 100%, has experience with ''failed'' ones.

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And what What kind of tone do you want to approach? establish? What kind of jokes do you want to tell? [=RomComs=] are typically light-hearted affairs which emphasize the idea that LovesMakesYouDumb and can lead you into all manner of silly, embarrassing situations. However, there is also a trend of {{deconstruction}} where the "LoveMakesYouDumb" trope is PlayedForDrama instead. The resulting laughs are more in the vein of BlackComedy. While this is a bleaker tone to manage, it has the added benefit of being a lot more realistic: while a sizeable amount of the world population has experience in successful long-term relationships, a ''much'' larger demographic, approaching 100%, has experience with ''failed'' ones.
ones. Finally, because dating is (at least partially) a search to find someone to have sex with, [=RomCom=] has the option to multi-class into SexComedy, which is always a wellspring of amusement.



''40 Days and 40 Nights'' had the worst example of ThreeIsCompany and NoSympathy ever seen on screen. Seriously DudeNotFunny!

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''40 Days and 40 Nights'' ''Film/FortyDaysAndFortyNights'' had the worst example outstanding examples of ThreeIsCompany and NoSympathy ever seen on screen.NoSympathy. Seriously DudeNotFunny!
5th Nov '13 8:58:11 AM slvstrChung
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Oh, and, it's a comedy, so you need to be funny. If you lack this talent, do not attempt to write a romantic comedy.


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And what kind of tone do you want to approach? [=RomComs=] are typically light-hearted affairs which emphasize the idea that LovesMakesYouDumb and can lead you into all manner of silly, embarrassing situations. However, there is also a trend of {{deconstruction}} where the "LoveMakesYouDumb" trope is PlayedForDrama instead. The resulting laughs are more in the vein of BlackComedy. While this is a bleaker tone to manage, it has the added benefit of being a lot more realistic: while a sizeable amount of the world population has experience in successful long-term relationships, a ''much'' larger demographic, approaching 100%, has experience with ''failed'' ones.
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