Guest Post: The Thing About Rom Coms By Kenya Carlton
Rom-coms, romantic comedies, in book or movie form are here to stay. The books are simply adorable when done right. They often illicit a few chuckles, a couple of laughs and more than enough smiles, butrom-com movies are something of a different animal.
Rom-coms are money makers for the movie industry that are heavily touted out during Valentine’s Day. For the last few years, Jennifer Aniston has been the queen of these fluff festivals that are intended to make women feel good and uplifted not empty and sad. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not slamming this genre of light farce, but I do have one confession with the rom-com—where does the comedy come in? Think about it, how many times have you laughed out loud at a romantic comedy compared to movies that are just comedy and merely have an element of romance thrown in? I must admit I smile a lot at the ones I think are cute, but I don’t laugh and if I do laugh it’s not at the main character but at their plucky side-kicks.
For example Love Jones is one of my favorite movies and it’s classified as a romance. The story may have had a few laughs, but the main goal was love. Now let’s look at something more recent movie like Bad Teacher. The movie is a comedy that also had a romantic side story,but it wasn’t in any way shape or form a romantic comedy, get my drift? It’s all right if you don’t, but I bet you will with the next rom-com you drag your man to something with Ashton Kutcher in it, check out his last few films and tell me I’m wrong (A Lot Like Love, Guess Who, No Strings Attached, and What Happens in Vegas).
If you ask me, When Harry Met Sally started this whole mess; it’s the most recognizable rom-com that has even managed to win a few awards. That’s right, blame Meg Ryan. She has managed to build an entire career on longing gazes and quivering lips, but I’m not here to judge. Let’s be honest even though When Harry Met Sally was a comedy it did seem to start the evolution of Rom-Coms i.e Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, and Prelude to a Kiss. Okay, I will admit the ones with Tom Hank’s were really cute but not hilarious. What I am simply trying to convey is that once again the tool of the written word wins out. Rom-com books get their point across for a longer amount of time with 331 pages and if done well with more laughs. One could even say the reader is more invested in the outcome of the character, why else would they spend a Sunday afternoon trying to figure out how the hell these two characters will get together forever.
A good rom-com author that I can think of right off the top of my head is Jennifer Crusie. She does a great job at infusing the ridiculous with the romantic and it works out great. Welcome to Temptation and Delores and the Hitman written with Bob Mayer But my main thought behind all this meandering is why don’t movie execs simply find a laugh out loud rom-com book and make that into a movie instead of reinventing the wheel? Side Note: My editor doesn’t agree with me, she believes romantic comedies books are made into movies. I looked it up and it appears that chick-lit wins out. The chicky genre is just more easily adaptable to the big screen but how different is chick-lit from romantic comedies?
Synopsis for Sweet As Sin:
The rich and available Captain Drake Devilin had the biggest body count in World War I. Injected with serum that turned him into something unnatural, Drake’s troop annihilated the enemy, but once his tour ended, Drake was plunged into a world of family tragedy and financial ruin.
Sienna Caldwell is stunning to even the biggest cynic; with her exotic looks and rich brown skin, the playboy wasn’t exempt from her charms. Buckling under the pressure of his financially strapped inheritance, Drake makes a deal with the devil to marry the prosperous landowner in order to protect her.
After one year, he can return the black beauty back to her island and collect on the fortune that will save his family’s reputation, but the task proves far easier said than done. The war may have made Drake into something lethal, but he soon finds his new bride was born more powerful than he could ever imagine. Not only does Drake have to figure out away to keep his hands off his alluring wife, but also he has to make sure she stays alive.
Synopsis for Jaded:
War correspondent Mia James is back on US soil and ready to tackle a juicy political story that could make national headlines. A politician’s aid goes missing, and the son of the wealthiest family is the only suspect.
Determined to take down the mayor of the small seaside town, Mia comes up against an angry ghost with her own agenda.
Afraid she may be suffering from post traumatic stress Mia figures that she’s way over her head and enlists the help of resident black sheep Gabe Montgomery. Now, she must solve the mystery of her not so friendly ghost, stop herself from falling in love with the mysterious winery owner, all while making it out alive.
About The Author:
Kenya has a B.A. in Mass communication, Television and Radio. She has fifteen years in production of television and film and five in television engineering. In 2009 Kenya Produced Dawn a short film and Executive Produced Destination Everywhere the pilot for a travel series through her production company Black R.O.K Productions established in 2008.