Are Romcoms Dead?


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Are Romcoms Dead?

The recent success of "Anyone But You," starring Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell, has sparked a debate: are romantic comedies officially back?  While the genre has faced challenges in recent years, its demise might be greatly exaggerated. Here's a look at the state of rom-coms and why they might be due for a comeback.

The romantic comedy has enjoyed a long and illustrious history in cinema. From the classic screwball comedies of the 1930s and 40s to the rise of the "meet-cute" formula in the 90s and early 2000s (think "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle"), rom-coms have consistently captured hearts and box office dollars.

However, the genre faced a decline in the late 2000s and early 2010s. Studios seemed to favor big-budget action films and superhero franchises, leaving less space for lighthearted love stories. Additionally, the formulaic nature of some rom-coms led to accusations of predictability and lack of originality.

The rise of streaming services like Netflix has offered a lifeline to the rom-com genre.  Streaming platforms are less reliant on blockbuster openings and provide space for more diverse and niche stories. We've seen a rise in rom-coms featuring multicultural casts ("Crazy Rich Asians"), and even period settings ("Bridgerton").  These new takes on traditional tropes are attracting audiences hungry for fresh rom-com experiences.

Despite the push for originality, there's a reason the rom-com formula has endured.  The core elements of "boy meets girl, obstacles arise, love conquers all" resonate with viewers because they offer a sense of comfort and wish fulfillment.  After all, who doesn't enjoy a good escape into a world where love prevails?

It's too early to say definitively.  However, the success of "Anyone But You" alongside the diverse offerings on streaming services points towards a potential resurgence of the genre.  While the rom-com genre might not dominate the box office like it once did, it's certainly not dead.  Streaming platforms have provided a breeding ground for innovative takes on the traditional formula.  With the right combination of nostalgia, fresh storytelling, and a touch of escapism, the rom-com could be poised for a comeback. So, grab your popcorn, settle in, and get ready to fall in love (or at least root for the protagonists to do so).

Written by Inam Faisal
Will is a gadget fanatic, working from cafes and gadget-infused mega-hovels to turn caffeine into technology articles. Follow her on Twitter @infaisal and check out her newly redesigned tech review site!