This is a chat that Lani and I did trying to sum up what we learned from last year’s romcom series. We wander around a bit, but I think we pretty much covered everything. This is cross-posted on Argh Ink and the Lucy March site, too.
Jenny: So what have we learned from nine months of PopD, Lucy? First: character. Character, character, character.
Lucy: Character is sacred. Always.
Jenny: In a rom com, it’s because it sells why we should want these two characters to be together, and why we care desperately if they’re not. In It Happened One Night, you really want them together, especially after the scene in the motel where they pretend to be married. I think that’s key, making the reader really need for these two people to be together.
Lucy: Absolutely. And how is the humor handled. It should come from character, not from jokes. That’s a comedy with a romance tacked on.
Jenny: A shared sense of humor is one way to show they’re in sync. They’re laughing at the same things. Think It Happened One Night, Desk Set, Two Weeks Notice. That’s one way to keep the reader wanting them together: they’re not just working together, they’re fun to be with, both for each other and for the reader.
Lucy: Laughing at the same things – not at each other. No humiliation (Two Weeks Notice, I’m looking at you.) Continue reading