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Writing the Romantic Comedy

Writing the Romantic Comedy
Your Price: $19.99 CDN
Author: Billy Mernit
Publisher: Harper Resource
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 304
Pub. Date: 2001
ISBN-10: 0060935030
ISBN-13: 9780060935030

About the Book:

Writing the Romantic Comedy is an easy-to-understand guide, which teaches that making a romantic comedy work is about much more than mastering the boy-gets-loses-gets-girl formula. It shows how all the best works follow a seven-point plot structure and share elements that keep viewers watching.

From the slapstick shenanigans of Audrie Hepburn and Cary 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 more.

When Billy Mernit proposed teaching a course on romantic comedy at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, he was surprised to find that no textbook existed that specifically spoke to writing in this genre. So after teaching the course for a few semesters, he wrote one. Writing the Romantic Comedy was published in 2000, the paperback edition came out in 2001, and it's been in print ever since. The book 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.

What people say:

"So much fun to read, it could pop a champagne cork." — Alexa Junge, writer-producer: Friends

"Insightful, thorough, and easy to use… Expertly balances the craft and the art of writing the romantic comedy." — Stephen Mazur, Co-Writer: Liar, Liar

About the Author:

Billy Mernit is known as "the guru of rom-com" for his best-selling screenwriting textbook, Writing the Romantic Comedy. He teaches at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, and is a frequent guest speaker at writing conferences. During his many years in the entertainment industry, he has worked as a script consultant and served as a story analyst for Universal Studios, Sony, and Paramount; written for NBC's Santa Barbara.