Guest Post by Ute Carbone, author of The P-Town Queen
Romantic comedy is not contemporary romance. Although the books I’ve written in this genre are all set in the present time, this isn’t necessarily so. There is an entire category of “historical romantic comedies” listed on Amazon. The same is true of paranormal.—there are romantic comedies featuring witches and vampires.
Romantic comedy isn’t quite light women’s fiction (chick lit), either. Although all of my romantic comedies could also be defined this way, not all romantic comedy is women’s fiction and not all light women’s fiction is romantic comedy. The emphasis in women’s fiction is on the main character, who is a woman, and how she overcomes obstacles and becomes a better person for having overcome them. The emphasis in romantic comedy is, as the name suggests, on romance. Like in any other romance, the relationship between hero and heroine is front and center. And, also like any other romance, the ending must be happy.
So what is romantic comedy, exactly? I guess the easiest way to think of them is to look at movies that are defined this way. Some romantic comedy movies began as romantic comedy books—Claire Cook’s “Must Love Dogs” and Emily Griffin’s “Something Borrowed” , for example. These are stories where romance plays a big part, they center on relationship. They are also funny, designed to make you laugh.
My romantic comedies are love stories that also contain lots of quirk—characters just this side of crazy that I hope will give you a chuckle. And always, there is a happy ending.
Excerpt from The P-Town Queen by Ute Carbone