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Mernit Handout - English 118W Fall 2008 Prof. Hearn The...

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English 118W Fall 2008 Prof. Hearn The Romantic Comedy: An Overview The following material is taken, verbatim , from Billy Mernit’s Writing the Romantic Comedy (Collins, 2001). While Mernit’s overview appears in the context of film, I find that the general outlines apply to other genres of storytelling as well, including fiction and drama. Storytelling Fundamentals Character Plot and Structure Theme Imagery Dialogue Point of View World Definition A romantic comedy is a comedy whose central plot is embodied in a romantic relationship. The Romantic Story Concept In a romantic comedy, the A story, or main focus, is the relationship between its romantic protagonists, and generally the B story’s goal won’t be obtained without that romance’s existence. The classic three-act structure is usually defined in terms of a single protagonist who’s trying to obtain a goal. 1.
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2009 for the course ENGL 118w taught by Professor Tichi during the Spring '08 term at Vanderbilt.

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