Direct a Rom-Com and We'll Guess Your Relationship Status
By: Zoe Samuel
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About This Quiz
Romantic comedies have been around as long as the medium of film. They combine two of our favorite things: love and laughter. While they may seem formulaic, that is part of the fun! Romantic comedies are meant to be reassuring, since things always work out in the end, one way or the other. All stories, romantic comedy or otherwise, work essentially the same way.
Whether you use three-act structure, Campbellian structure, or the eight-sequence model, stories always begin with a hero who is invited to go on a journey, says no, is thrown into said journey sort of against their will, faces a series of challenges that prepare them for their final confrontation—where they lose everything (metaphorically or literally)—but recover by the grace earned along their journey and come back to carry the day. The difference with rom-coms is that they put a funny, sexy spin on this journey, rather than the very traditional themes of adventure films and the like.
What if you got to make your very own romantic comedy? How would it feel? And most importantly, what would it say about you? This is your opportunity to stretch your wings and see if we can determine your relationship status by your take on the romantic-comedy genre!
Set the establishing shot. In what country do you set this rom-com?
What kind of locale should serve as the immediate geography of the rom-com?
Let's get to the hero. How flawed is your hero?
What does your hero think about love?
Does your hero want to be in a relationship?
What does your hero value the most?
Does your hero start out in a relationship or in love with someone?
Assuming your hero is in some kind of relationship or in love at the start of the story, is that person right for them?
Is the hero played by the "funny" actor or the "straight" actor?
What does the hero do for a living?
What does the red-herring love interest do for a living?
How good looking is the red-herring love interest?
What does the real love interest see in the hero?
What does the red-herring love interest see in the hero?
How good-looking is the real love interest?
What is the sidekick's name?
What does the sidekick do for a living?
What mean dig does the hero's romantic rival make at work?
How many of the hero's friends think the hero will be single forever?
What do the hero's parents do to interfere in their life?
What terrible obstacle gets in the way of the hero and their love interest getting together?
From what metaphysical thing does the hero draw their strength?
What does the hero have to give up in order to accept that they love who they love?
What grand gesture does the hero make to get back their loved one?
How does the hero's romantic effort pay off?
At the end of the story, what happens to the red-herring love interest?
How much of the cast gets paired off at the end of the movie?
Does the hero's professional rival become an ally to the hero in the end?
Other than the obvious, how does the hero's life change, in the epilogue?
How many sequels does this rom-com get?
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