I was just reading Karen Knows Best's blog, specifically the article "Who-the-fck-reads-and-loves-romantic-comedies-anyway".
I love romantic comedies. I not only read them, sometimes I even write them. Oh oh! After reading that article, I almost feel like I'm "coming out". Even when I don't write an official romantic comedy, comic relief often comes into play in my stories.
The movie industry loves me. When a romantic comedy movie comes out, most likely I will be in line to watch it. I've spent a ton of money going to the theater.
My favorite romantic comedy movies
Singing in the Rain, Pillow Talk, Mulan, Girl Happy, Runaway Bride, You've Got Mail, Shakespeare in Love, The Ugly Truth, While You Were Sleeping, Bridget Jones Diary, 27 Dresses, Serendipity, Because I Said So, Mannequin, Keeping the Faith, The Truth About Cats & Dogs, Picture Perfect, and Someone Like You. I'm sure I've forgotten some.
WHY I like romantic comedies so much
Life's stressful. I need levity and a good laugh. I want to escape after a long day at the office. I want to forget about the donor who got nasty and personal with me on the phone. I want to block out the kids fighting. I want to forget that my husband forgot Valentine's Day. But the bottom line is: I like to laugh.
Sometimes I enjoy angsty books. Sometimes I even write them. It depends what mood I'm in. My next sweet romance to release (the last week in March) is full of angst. It still makes me cry after the many times I've read it.
And sometimes I want a good thriller, even a horror. Ask my kids. I also love what they call "End of the world movies". My favorite book is Stephen King's "The Stand". My youngest, a teenage boy, hates the movie as it's "too scary". (This is the same child who loved "Zombieland" - so he can be a little off.) My favorite movie is "The Mummy".
The types of comedy I don't enjoy
All this said, I don't enjoy slap stick. I don't like ditzy characters (except for Gracie Allen - she slays me.) I run from the room when my husband turns on something like "Scary Movie" or "The Naked Gun" or even "Police Academy". They annoy the hell out of me. There's even one scene in "Singing in the Rain" where Donald O'Connor does a solo slapstick routine that annoys me no end.
My romantic comedies
My best seller is a romantic comedy: "American Beauty". It's prequel "Purrfect Justice" enjoys a lot of sells, too. "Price of Fame" was also received well.
What about you?
Do you enjoy reading romantic comedies? Do you ever write them? Or do you hate them? Do they drive you nuts?
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