Romantic comedies have been around as long as the medium of film. They combine two of our favorite things: love and laughter. While they may seem formulaic, that is part of the fun! Romantic comedies are meant to be reassuring, since things always work out in the end, one way or the other. All stories, romantic comedy or otherwise, work essentially the same way.
Whether you use three-act structure, Campbellian structure, or the eight-sequence model, stories always begin with a hero who is invited to go on a journey, says no, is thrown into said journey sort of against their will, faces a series of challenges that prepare them for their final confrontation—where they lose everything (metaphorically or literally)—but recover by the grace earned along their journey and come back to carry the day. The difference with rom-coms is that they put a funny, sexy spin on this journey, rather than the very traditional themes of adventure films and the like.
What if you got to make your very own romantic comedy? How would it feel? And most importantly, what would it say about you? This is your opportunity to stretch your wings and see if we can determine your relationship status by your take on the romantic-comedy genre!
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