Writing the Romantic Comedy: From "Cute Meet" to

Writing the Romantic Comedy: From "Cute Meet" to "Joyous Defeat": How To Write Screenplays That Sell [Reading] ➸ Writing the Romantic Comedy: From "Cute Meet" to "Joyous Defeat": How To Write Screenplays That Sell By Billy Mernit – Thomashillier.co.uk Writing the Romantic Comedy is so much fun to read it could pop a champagne cork Alexa Junge, writer and producer of FriendsRevised and expanded to celebrate a new generation of romantic comedies, Bil Writing the Romantic Comedy is so Romantic Comedy: PDF/EPUB æ much fun to read it could pop a champagne cork Alexa Junge, writer and Writing the PDF/EPUB ² producer of FriendsRevised and expanded to celebrate a new generation of romantic comedies, Billy Mernit s insightful look into the mechanics the Romantic Comedy: MOBI ô of writing Hollywood s most enduring genre features case studies that reveal the screenwriting secrets behind classics new and oldWhether you re a first time screenwriter, an intermediate marooned in the rewriting process, or a professional wanting to explore the latest genre trends, this thoroughly charming and insightful guide to the basics of crafting a winning and innovative script will take you step by step from meet cute all the way to joyous defeat You ll learn the screenwriting secrets behind some of the funniest scenes ever written how to create characters and dialogue that getsparks flying why some bedroom scenes sizzle and others fall flat and much Written in a refreshingly accessible style and updated and expanded to recognize the contributions of a fresh generation of romantic comedies, this newly revised th Anniversary edition of Writing the Romantic Comedy features case studies drawn from beloved romantic classics such as When Harry Met Sally, Annie Hall, Tootsie, and The Lady Eve to modern day favorites including Hitch,Days of Summer, Bridesmaids, and Silver Linings Playbook Field tested writing exercises are also included, guaranteed to short circuit potential mistakes and ensure inspiration.


10 thoughts on “Writing the Romantic Comedy: From "Cute Meet" to "Joyous Defeat": How To Write Screenplays That Sell

  1. London Mabel London Mabel says:

    If you write romantic comedy, even novels, this is a great book on dialogue, sex scenes, pacing etc His chapter on theme was the best I ve read from any book on writing He also analyzes a few movies, which was helpful, and I like his 7 point plot structure I highly recommend it, and would suggest supplementing it with the Popcorn Dialogue podcasts by Jennifer Crusie and Lucy March Lani Diane Rich.


  2. Janet Henderson Janet Henderson says:

    Love this book But then I also love old romantic comedies and wish Katherine Hepburn was still around That said, it s a great book for giving you insight into the romantic comedy genre I don t even think you have to be a writer to enjoy it Some of the behind the scenes info into movies like When Harry Met Sally and Tootsie are really very good Plus, it s so well written that it s fun to read no matter what your reason If you re a writer all the better as, unlike some books on writing, th Love this book But then I also love old romantic comedies and wish Katherine Hepburn was still around That said, it s a great book for giving you insight into the romantic comedy genre I don t even think you have to be a writer to enjoy it Some of the behind the scenes info into movies like When Harry Met Sally and Tootsie are really very good Plus, it s so well written that it s fun to read no matter what your reason If you re a writer all the better as, unlike some books on writing, this one is actually useful I loved it I hope you do too


  3. Jared Jared says:

    Thus far the my favorite screenwriting book I m not saying the best, but certainly my favorite Although it focuses on the romantic comedy, it has content applicable to all genres.


  4. Theresa Theresa says:

    A very readable, engaging book,broad than deep.


  5. Phee Phee says:

    This book was a well rounded overview of the romantic comedy genre, and an excellent reference book for those interested in writing within that category I did find it was a little too focused on all too specific run of the mill rom coms at times, neglecting to mention the history and conceptual birth of the cross genre, or it s different takes around the world, instead favouringmodern at least when this book was written American titles and their construction I also would have appreciat This book was a well rounded overview of the romantic comedy genre, and an excellent reference book for those interested in writing within that category I did find it was a little too focused on all too specific run of the mill rom coms at times, neglecting to mention the history and conceptual birth of the cross genre, or it s different takes around the world, instead favouringmodern at least when this book was written American titles and their construction I also would have appreciated some reference or what next note regarding somein depth analysis of the concepts written about in this book, as, though it was an extensive overview, I found that understandably, considering a book can only be so long some of the contents had to be brushed over rather hastily


  6. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Happening upon Mernit s book in the local library, I picked it up about a month ago I ve been working on a novel, not a screenplay, but at some point I realized that the pacing and style I was going for was similar to a romantic comedy It s fabulous Mernit breaks things down carefully, uses many accessible examples, and writes it all with humor and a contagious enthusiasm I highly recommend this book, not just for screenwriters, but for others who write with a strong emphasis on human relati Happening upon Mernit s book in the local library, I picked it up about a month ago I ve been working on a novel, not a screenplay, but at some point I realized that the pacing and style I was going for was similar to a romantic comedy It s fabulous Mernit breaks things down carefully, uses many accessible examples, and writes it all with humor and a contagious enthusiasm I highly recommend this book, not just for screenwriters, but for others who write with a strong emphasis on human relationships


  7. Tara L. Campbell Tara L. Campbell says:

    A good guide for all types of fictional romantic comedy, not just the screenplay So much of the genre right now focuses on the titillating or the slapstick immature that it s hard to critically examine how a successful rom com works Mernit uses examples starting back with silent classics through to the early 00s that helps writers understand what makes an audience love the story I highly recommend this for any writer who is interested in character development and interaction, especially if it A good guide for all types of fictional romantic comedy, not just the screenplay So much of the genre right now focuses on the titillating or the slapstick immature that it s hard to critically examine how a successful rom com works Mernit uses examples starting back with silent classics through to the early 00s that helps writers understand what makes an audience love the story I highly recommend this for any writer who is interested in character development and interaction, especially if it involves romance


  8. Robert Glover Robert Glover says:

    Excellent analysis of romantic comedies.


  9. Lex Hogan Lex Hogan says:

    I ll take a leap and say this book is highly underrated Because I d never heard of or been recommended this book in all my years of writing student hood, and it s a shame It s extremely insightful and makes some truly refreshing points on not only the rom com genre, but also the general points of writing like crafting dialogue and thinking differently about your story s imagery I d highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their craft NOT just the rom com writers.


  10. Maha Erwin Maha Erwin says:

    A wonderful companion for any film writer or novelist Romance threads all subplots of other fiction genres So if an author wants to convince readers that their stories of love or lust are authentic be they happy ending or stories of love lost or unrequited love, then this book is a must read.


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