February 11, 2018 @ 10:58 AM
I hope you have a...
During this month known for romance, will you curl up with a good love story? I read and watch all subgenres of romance, but I have a weakness for romantic comedy. That's what I write. Let me rephrase that; that's what I *attempt* to write. I added *attempt* because humor is extremely difficult to nail and, like a lot of things, it's highly subjective. There's extra pressure. It's been said that it's easier to make readers weep.
What makes me double over in stitches will leave my husband stone-faced, even after I explain the jokes to him. This is why I feel some discomfort or ambivalence regarding the label. If I pitch my books as funny and you don't laugh, it's a HUGE FAIL, even if you're fine with the story overall. So I think it would be nice not to label. Then if a reader does laugh, I've scored brownie points because it was a pleasant surprise.
But alas, for marketing and to stand out in the huge contemporary romance pack, you have to go for a subcategory IF you can. I emphasize IF because on Amazon sometimes there are SHADY listings under "romantic comedy."
Shady because ain't no way in hell they are romantic comedies by anyone's loosest definition. The author/publisher just plunked them there to get additional eyeballs on that book in a smaller subcategory.
But I think readers in the mood for a genuine romantic comedy are smart enough to read the descriptions and reviews to avoid getting hoodwinked by imposters that aren't even in the dang ballpark. LOL
If you haven’t read the Mistywood Lane series (Welcome to Mistywood Lane and He Could Be the One) get on it.
The third book in the series, One of a Kind Love Affair, is coming. You want to be ready for it. The novels are connected, but they can be read as stand-alones. It's good to have backstories fresh in your mind. I've tried not to overload the third book with tons of refresher stuff. My goal was to only add it where required for context or clarity.
As always, do tell a romance-reading friend about them.
Until One of a Kind Love Affair is released, here’s a list of some of my favorite romantic comedy film couples. (I used the actors’ names instead of the characters they played.)
This list is not exhaustive. Many are classics, romantic comedy gold, that everyone has seen at least once. A few didn’t get much love. They received crappy reviews and/or flopped at the box office. But hey, I enjoyed them! They are in no particular order.
Two Can Play That Game (Vivica A. Foxx and Morris Chestnut)
Deliver Us from Eva (Gabrielle Union and LL Cool J.)
My Best Friend’s Wedding (Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney)
Pretty Woman (Julia Roberts and Richard Gere)
Baggage Claim (Paula Patton and Derek Luke)
Love Jones (Nia Long and Larenz Tate)
When Harry Met Sally (Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal)
How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days (Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey)
Boomerang (Halle Berry, Robin Givens, and Eddie Murphy)
Jumping the Broom (Paula Patton and Laz Alonso)
The Best Man (Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, and Taye Diggs)
It Happened One Night (Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable)
His Girl Friday (Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant )
Valley Girl (Deborah Foreman and Nick Cage)
Just Wright (Queen Latifah and Common)
Sixteen Candles (Molly Ringwald and Michael Schoeffling)
Something Different (Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker)
Brown Sugar (Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs)
Pillow Talk (Doris Day and Rock Hudson)
Send Me No Flowers (Doris Day and Rock Hudson)
Coming to America (Shari Headley and Eddie Murphy)
27 Dresses (Katherine Heigl and James Marsden)
The Switch (Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman)
Bachelor in Paradise (Lana Turner and Bob Hope)
Shallow Hal (Gwyneth Paltrow and Jack Black)
The Back-Up Plan (Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin)
Hitch (Will Smith and Eva Mendez)
Until next time...;)