There are several different kinds of romantic comedies, according to screenwriting expert, Michael Hague. I've taken his classes before and purchased his DVDs. He is excellent at teaching plot and I'm not a great learner via writing books. Hague makes me get it. He does that with screenplays as well, though I have no desire.
However, I noticed on my last read-thru of his article on "The Six Categories of Romantic Comedies" that my favorite type of movie/romance structure is the hardest to sell. Why do I make life so difficult on myself? Read the entire article here: http://www.storymastery.com/articles/83-the-6-categories-of-romantic-comedy
Take a look at the last one. Hague calls this "The Long Haul" and it is romance based in reality. He includes three of my favorite movies in that category: "As Good as it Gets"; "When Harry Met Sally" and "500 Days of Summer." It's about weathering the storms of life together. You're in it for the long haul. My favorite book is "Far from the Madding Crowd" and it's exactly this. Bathsheba Everdene makes Scarlett O'Hara look low-maintenance and yet Grabriel Oak waits...and he waits...he waits until she's ready. I love that kind of story because it's unconditional love played out in reality.
Have you ever known someone and you meet them, and it's like they're a soul mate? Notice I didn't say THE soul mate. I said "A" because friends are like this too. I had a friend from sixth grade on and we dated on and off during high school, but we also went through the ups and downs with each other and our "other" crushes. One time, after an ugly breakup, he went with me to throw this guy's stuff all over the lawn. To this day, that night makes me laugh to myself.
Well, I went to drop off a set of books for a friend last week, and guess where she lived? That's right, that apartment!
That brought up all sorts of warm-fuzzies for me. Some friendships can't be explained. I NEVER talk to this guy, but I'd have his back and I know he'd have mine. Life is a journey and that's the kind of book/movie I enjoy. Not everything is perfectly-scripted and that's what makes it fun!
I'm going to plow into a book that's huge and I've been putting it off for a long time. It's called "Story" by Robert McKee. He's also a master scriptwriter. This year, I'm going to try and plot, rather than edit myself out of a mess I start from the seat of my pants. So do you have friends that were instant and you just knew?