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

Writing the Romantic Comedy From Cute Meet to Joyous Defeat How To Write Screenplays That Sell From the slapstick shenanigans of Hepburn and Grant in Bringing Up Baby to the sexy repartee of Shakespeare in Love romantic comedies have delighted filmgoers and challenged screenwriters since Holly

  • Title: Writing the Romantic Comedy: From "Cute Meet" to "Joyous Defeat": How To Write Screenplays That Sell
  • Author: Billy Mernit
  • ISBN: 9780060935030
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the slapstick shenanigans of Hepburn and Grant in Bringing Up Baby to the sexy repartee of Shakespeare in Love, romantic comedies have delighted filmgoers and challenged screenwriters since Hollywood s Golden Age.Whether you re a first time screenwriter, or an intermediate marooned in the rewriting process, this thoroughly charming and insightful guide to the baFrom the slapstick shenanigans of Hepburn and Grant in Bringing Up Baby to the sexy repartee of Shakespeare in Love, romantic comedies have delighted filmgoers and challenged screenwriters since Hollywood s Golden Age.Whether you re a first time screenwriter, or an intermediate marooned in the rewriting process, this thoroughly charming and insightful guide to the basics of crafting a winning script will take you step by step from cute meet 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 set the sparks flying why some bedroom scenes sizzle and others fall flat and much Writing the Romantic Comedy features case studies drawn from beloved romantic comedies such as When Harry Met Sally, Annie Hall, Tootsie, and The Lady Eve, as well as field tested writing exercises guaranteed to short circuit potential mistakes and ensure inspiration.

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      Also wrote under the names Leigh Anne Williams and Lee Williams.



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

    • 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.)


    • 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 [...]


    • 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.



    • 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 [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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.


    • 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.


    • I took Billy Mernit's class at UCLA and later, bought this book but never read it. It's basically the class in book form. It can't hurt if you are interested in the romantic comedy but it won't change your life.


    • What a fun and interesting book on writing a romantic comedy screenplay. Of course, now I have to go write one. I loved how many of my old favorite films (and some new faves) were used as examples, broken down, and analyzed.


    • I was feeling a little stuck writing my latest novel and this helped perk up the old creative juices. Highly recommend!


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