When people hear the the term Rom-Com they think something crazy or stupid like a Nicholas Sparks film. Now that is just the wrong way to look at it... Mainly because you just imagined the wrong genre of film. Nicholas Sparks is straight up "Lady Mind Porn", while Rom-Coms are appealing to both men and women. But even though both genders are generally the target audience, you may notice that the plot of the film you watch in this genre are extremely different if you have a man or women in the protagonist seat. At which you are starting to think that I'm rambling nonsense; please stay with me and you will see what I'm talking about.
ROM-COMS FOR THE COUPLE
Yes this is the kind of movie you are thinking of when you are thinking Rom-Com. The two main leads are heterosexuals while as far as the story goes. They either do a meet cute in the movie or just already know each other because of a mutual hatred for each other. Yeah it doesn't really matter what happens during the movie, mainly because these movies follow the MET-CUTE formula. The two met, they get to know each other, the misunderstanding happen, misunderstanding tends to get resolved and they live happily ever after.
SIDE NOTE: MANY WOULD COMPLAIN THAT I PUT ROMANCE COMEDIES WERE THE TWO LOVE INTEREST ARE HOMOSEXUALS. MY RESPONSE TO THAT; IN REAL LIFE HOMOSEXUALS TRY THER'RE HARDEST TO MODLE THE HOMOSEXUAL LIFE STYLE AFTER THE HETRO LIFE STYLE SO I PUT THEM IN THIS CATEGORY AS WELL.
ROM-COMS FOR HER
Okay now let's talk about the women centered film. Rom-Coms for her, or as I like to call them "MODERN FAIRY TALES or LADY MIND PORN". Now these are the films that women like because they see them selves in the main character.
Now these films more times then not will have a woman as a main Protagonist. She can either be a complete screw up or a tough independent woman who is over worked and under played. Yeah the key to these movies are the main character goes through very little character development if any. Oh, and there is also a wedding in the film, you gotta be careful because the wedding can be implied and not shown. But if they do show a wedding it will either be at the beginning or end, and if not the whole film is about a wedding. See below for examples.
ROM-COMS FOR HIM
Great now we get to the him portion of this blog. Most romantic movies with a male lead try not to use the word romantic in it's description, mainly for the benefits of the male actors in these movies. Trust me you never wanna be type cast as the face for "Lady Mind Porn", you can even ask Matthew McConaughey he will tell you the same thing.
The best examples of these films would have to be Scott Pilgram V.S. The World. If you read the books or watched the movie you know scott learns a few lessons by the end. That is not by mistake, in society or more western society we have a tendency to demand much more from men then we do women. I mean yes I get that women have equal rights to men. But men have the daunting task of "becoming", while women have a choice in the matter. Men just have to "become" always growing and always learning and rarely getting help along the way. That's something the Rom-Com protagonist have over real men they get the mentor or the funny sidekick to help or even do things for them.
Well that is it for this weeks installment. Next week I will elaborate more on the DAMSEL CAUSING DISTRESS along with the more recognizable DAMSEL IN DISTRESS. Until then just take this with a grain of salt. Also don't forget the most important part.