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Hurrah, I’ve found somebody else who hates romantic comedy books.

BarbaraB’s mini rant says it better than I could:

On another note, I’m just amazed that there’s another romance reader who also utterly despises romantic comedy. Maybe without the fervor and madness that I do, but still! I can’t even think about that crap without practically choking on my loathing of romantic comedies AND romantic comedy authors. Who the hell told them they were funny? They’re not stand-ups. All those goddamned eccentric relatives and townspeople/secondary characters, etc. wear me down.

Even the more sophisticated rom-coms make me gag. IMO, most romantic comedy authors don’t know when to stop with the yuks. It’s like reading Robin Williams or Jim Carrey in book form. EXHAUSTING! I also find the humor very forced and corny.

What breaks my heart and tears me up inside though, is that all “funny” romances aren’t labelled as such and don’t always have cartoon covers. I’ve ended up wasting a lot of money on that shit. I get so pissed off for being duped that I rip the book in two and trash it. I’d burn ‘em if I was liscensed(sp) to burn trash within the city limits or had a fireplace. I’m extreme like that!

When I wanna laugh I’ll watch reruns of Blackadder, AbFab, or Arrested Development. Or even Comedy Central. Not pick up a freaking romance! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’d literally pick up trash along the highway in one of those ill-fitting orange jumpsuits before I’d pick up a romantic comedy- book or movie. I want some effing angst and drama when I read a romance.

Lol, so who out there generally loves romantic comedies? Go on ‘fess up!

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  • I do! My favorite, actually.

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  • I don’t love them, but I don’t hate them, either. Have to be in the right mood for them and that’s not easy, plus, I’m really, really picky-comedy, for me, isn’t that easy for an author to do right.

    It’s almost like an author hitting the ‘medical’ aspects right or something-very often I can tell from a mile away if the writer hasn’t had any kind of medical experience (or hasnt’ researched well) and one of the main characters has some sort of medical background-something just comes off as false.

    Same with comedy, although, naturally not because I’ve got a license in comics. ;o) Some authors, it’s just too, well, forced, I guess. So I don’t read many and I’m very, very leery about trying new-to-me authors.

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  • Las
    February 21
    10:11 pm

    Not a fan. While I love well written humorous scenes, most romantic comedies–books and especially movies–are neither funny nor romantic or to me.

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  • I’m fairly indifferent. I haven’t read many I love (probably only Jennifer Crusie) and I’ve only read one or two that I passionatly hated (Chasing Stanely comes to mind).

    I agree with BarbaraB- I don’t read romance for humor. Arrested Development FTW though.

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  • See the problem with romantic comedy (or comedy anything) is that once you say something is funny it’s not funny to me or it’s harder to make me laugh. So I don’t seek those types of romances out, but an author can become an auto-buy if they make me laugh. Yeah, I know strange especially since I write “funny”.

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  • I can’t say I “love” the genre. Honestly, I don’t even like contemporaries much. There is one author who writes comedy that I do like, though: Sandra Hill. I fancy her time travel and not-so-historical historicals. I’ve also enjoyed the work from Sheridon Smythe, Nina Bangs and Sahara Kelly.

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  • I can only think of a couple, perhaps three authors whose romantic comedy voice I really like. Generally speaking, I like humor to leaven my serious stories rather than a serious thread strangled by the all out, all the time comedy.

    But I cannot imagine ripping books in two and trashing them, no matter what their content. It’s probably the librarian’s daughter in me 😀

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  • See the problem with romantic comedy (or comedy anything) is that once you say something is funny it’s not funny to me or it’s harder to make me laugh. So I don’t seek those types of romances out, but an author can become an auto-buy if they make me laugh.

    What Melissa said.

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  • Barbara B.
    February 21
    10:35 pm

    “But I cannot imagine ripping books in two and trashing them, no matter what their content. It’s probably the librarian’s daughter in me”

    They were abominations!

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  • I’m not sure what qualifies as rom-com. To me, SEP is funnier than hell, but I’m not sure I would call her books rom-com. OTOH Crusie annoys the stuffing out of me. So I guess it depends on whether I like the comedic voice. Typically I don’t like wacky stories (though I love wacky movies). Writing something funny is harder, but I think comedy is best when it’s unintentional.

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  • I wouldn’t say I hate them, but generally, I’m not a fan. I make a very few exceptions to that rule. Jennifer Cruisie is the only one that really occurs off the top of my head. Chick lit covers are like kryptonite to me. Must. avoid. like. plague.

    I’ll tell you what I really do hate thought. Paranormal chick lit. Vamps with amusing shoe-buying habits et cetera. Loathe it.

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  • LVLM
    February 22
    12:24 am

    I rather enjoy them. I haven’t really come across any though. I think Shelly Laurenston writes really funny stories. And one of Lisa Marie Rice’s books was really funny. The heroine’s sense of humor in that book was hilarious. But it’s NOT a romantic comedy.

    I like them as movies. I think they work better in movie format because expressions or actions can step in where words fail.

    The trouble with humor though is that it’s very subjective. You either click with a person’s sense of humor or you don’t and it’s hard to appeal to a broad range of people.

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  • I read very few RomComs. And when I do, I have to be in the mood for them. Some of Katie MacAlister’s are actually pretty funny. THE CORSET DIARIES has the funniest scene of any book I’ve ever read. I honestly SCREAMED with laughter so loud and hard that my family came running to see what was wrong. When I told them it was a funny scene in a book, they just looked at each other, shrugged, and walked away shaking their heads and rolling their eyes. Cretins.

    One of the few other RomCom authors I read is Shelly Laurenston. Nothing worse than when an author forces teh funneez. It shows. However, Laurenston’s books work for me because the humor arises naturally from the characters’ personalities. Kind of like if you and your closest rowdy friends got together and laid smack on each other. But as good as her books are, I have to be in the mood for them to really appreciate how natural the humor is in them.

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  • Ebony
    February 22
    8:46 am

    I love chick-lit and a lot of romantic comedies I’ve read have been in that category. I’ve found that if you don’t like the main character, then you’re not going to like any of the situations that character finds themselves in so–they wouldn’t be funny, but annoying.

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  • Edie
    February 22
    9:50 am

    Is Shelly Laurenston rom com? Cos that woman makes me laugh like no other author on this planet.

    And while I am not a contemporary reader, Sandra Hill and Nina Bangs (sometimes) win my heart with their campiness.

    Though can I say I LOATHE rom com films

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  • I like Jennifer Crusie (Bet Me, Welcome to Temptation) and the early Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich but that’s it. People who try and write funny rarely ever are.

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  • katieM
    February 22
    12:06 pm

    If the words “zany” or “hilarious” appear anywhere in the blurb, I stay away from the book that’s supposed to be a romance. Now there are some really funny books out there that have romantic elements. The Chicks in Chainmail books come to mind.

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  • I liked Jennifer Crusie contemps and the early books in Janet Evanovich’s Plum series. Other than that, I generally avoid books which describe themselves as romantic comedies.

    I hate and despise romantic comedy films. Urgh! All too often, they star the King of Sleaze, Matthew McConaughey.

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  • I enjoy comedies, romantic or otherwise. I am not the biggest fan of angst and drama, in life or in entertainment. My favorite story (book, movie, tv) is a sort of middle ground (but on the lighter side), and it’s pretty hard to find. Seems like most stories are one extreme or the other–totally zany or really dark–and I agree that comedy is more subjective than angst/drama. However, I’m not going to disparage readers and writers of sturm und drang just because they have different tastes than I do.

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  • Mariana
    February 22
    6:06 pm

    Seconding Edie! LOVE me some Shelly Laurenston… Others I can take (though not on the SL level) are J Crusie and MJ Davidson; not sure what else is considered RomComs.

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  • I’d rather have angst and drama; I would probably never pick up a book marketed as romantic comedy, at least not from an author I was unfamiliar with. But I don’t mind some comic relief. I like witty banter, and if it makes me laugh out loud unexpectedly, then great!

    As far as movies, meh, I can take romantic comedies from time to time. Not too crazy about them. If I’m in the mood for comedy I prefer a vulgar bromance.

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  • I like characters with a sense of humor but I tend to find the rom-com tropes very forced and unpleasant.

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  • Lorraine
    February 23
    12:19 am

    While I prefer angsty reads, every now and then, when life becomes too overwhelming, I turn to a Sandra Hill book. They’re extremely cheesy, but I’m guaranteed to laugh out loud throughout the book.

    I love a rom-com movie, far more than a rom-com book. A nice bit of fluff is a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.

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  • I love them when they’re done well. Jenny Crusie is a master and it looks like Janet Mullany is pretty good for the historical – I’ve not read her but there’s a recent review on DA and from the review and the comments, it looks like she’s got it.

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  • I think humor is very subjective. For example, I like Jennifer Crusie’s Bet Me but not her other books. However, I love all Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton books and Julie James’ Practice Makes Perfect. I like books and films that make me laugh, so if they’re call rom com, so be it. It’s just a label.

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