Surprising come from someone who writes them? Well, maybe hate is a strong word and a little bit of an over statement. But truthfully most romantic comedy movies annoy me. With the exception of LOVE ACTUALLY( sigh…) “But for now, let me say – Without hope or agenda – Just because it’s Christmas – And at Christmas you tell the truth – To me, you are perfect – And my wasted heart will love you.” (Double sigh) And PRETTY WOMAN, because really, who doesn’t like PRETTY WOMAN?
As a writer most of these movies annoy me. Writers have a tougher job of making you believe two people are in love. We have words and words alone to weave a tale of love, to take you inside of our characters’ hearts and minds, to show you their heat. Our goal is to make you feel their love. We can’t rely on two big name actors (that most of the time have NO chemistry) to make our stories work. When you put our books down we don’t want you thinking, “That’s two hours of my life I’ll never get back.” We want you sighing like little girls and looking at your husbands wondering why the hell he can’t be more like a hero.
Before I go any further into my rant, I’ll get to my point. Romantic comedies annoy me because they fail to show the complexity of love. Yes, I understand they are supposed to be light but, when I walk out of a movie I want to at least believe that the two characters I just spent my evening with could possible be in love. Because when I write THE END on my stories I want there to be no doubt that the people I just spent the last three months creating, are head over heels in love and made for each other.
And that’s why I’m recommending all romance writers to see LOVE ETC. It’s a documentary profiling five real people/ couples in different stages of love.
There is a young, eighteen year old couple, who are in the bloom of first love and grappling with the decision whether to stay together while they attend separate colleges.
And a young Indian couple who are newly married, having a difficult time living together but due to their religious beliefs do not believe in divorce. Both of them ,in their own way, feeling stuck.
There’s a single father, divorced, two children, who was looking for love and having a hard time finding it.
I loved this movie because it showed real love in all it’s stages and no matter who you are or where you come from you can identify a little bit with each and every one of these people. Whether it be a new love that get’s your heart going, or an old love that makes you feel like home. Or love for a child that expands your heart and changes your whole view of the world. Or the pain one feels when love ends. This movie will make you think.
And since Valentine’s Day or Single’s awareness day is fast approaching. I really want to know what you think about romcom movies.
Hate ’em? Love ’em? Think I’m being too tough? Disagree with me? What are some of your favorites? Is there one great one that I’m missing? As always any and all comments are welcome.