Revised and expanded to celebrate a new generation of romantic comedies, Billy Mernit's insightful look into the mechanics of writing Hollywood's most enduring genre features case studies that reveal the screenwriting secrets behind classics new and old.
Whether you're a first-time screenwriter, an intermediate marooned in the rewriting process, or a professional wanting to explore the latest genre trends, this thoroughly charming and insightful guide to the basics of crafting a winning and innovative script will take you step by step from "meet cute" 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 ge tsparks flying; why some bedroom scenes sizzle and others fall flat; and much more.
Written in a refreshingly accessible style and updated and expanded to recognize the contributions of a fresh generation of romantic comedies, this newly revised 20th Anniversary edition of Writing the Romantic Comedy features case studies drawn from beloved romantic classics such as When Harry Met Sally, Annie Hall, Tootsie, and The Lady Eve to modern-day favorites including Hitch, (500) Days of Summer, Bridesmaids, and Silver Linings Playbook. Field-tested writing exercises are also included, guaranteed to short-circuit potential mistakes and ensure inspiration. (Harper Paperbacks)
Billy Mernit began his writing career in his late teens as a composer-lyricist whose songs were recorded by Carly Simon and Judy Collins, among others. During his many years in the entertainment industry, he's written for television (NBC's legendary Santa Barbara) and worked as both screenwriter and script consultant. Known as "the guru of rom-com" for his best-selling screenwriting textbook, Writing the Romantic Comedy (Harper/Collins) and his popular blog Living the "Romantic Comedy", Billy is an award-winning instructor at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, is a frequent guest speaker at writing conferences around the country, and teaches at The School in Gotland, Sweden.
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