The romantic comedy is one of the staples of our modern culture. Boy meets girl or girl meets boy, hilarity ensues and they all live happily ever after (we hope). Although this form of movie and literature is often looked down upon it has provided us with some of our classics in both media. YAPS might just get shot for suggesting Jane Austen as one of the great romantic comedy writers but have a go at “Emma” or “Pride and Prejudice”. You laugh and cry and truly want that happy ending.
This has come right through to the present. Such authors as Louise Rennison (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson), Cathy Hopkins (Mates, Dates) and many others now give us wonderful stories full of mishaps, love and laughter.
Romantic comedies have been an important and successful genre of movie really since the start of cinema. Many of Charlie Chaplin’s films contain strong elements of romantic comedy. Cary Grant was the king of romantic comedy during Hollywood’s golden age. Movies like “Brining Up Baby”(1938) and “To Catch a Thief”(1955) showed others how it was done.
Romantic comedies have also been award winning. Woody Allen’s movie “Annie Hall”(1977) won best picture at the 1977 Oscars and “Shakespeare in Love“(1998) won best picture in 1998. Some romantic comedies are a little different. ” (500) Days of Summer”(2009) tells the story of a not happily ever after and “10 Things I Hate About You”(1999) retells the Shakespeare story of “The Taming of the Shrew” and the movie “Clueless”(1995) retells Jane Austen’s Emma.
It’s a genre we just keep on enjoying and that keeps on hoping for the best.
You might want to try:
1. Emma by Jane Austen
2. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
3. Mates, Dates and Inflatable Bras by Cathy Hopkins
4. 10 Things I hate About You
5. The Philadelphia Story
What do you think? Have you any others to suggest.