If you’ve noticed a sharp uptick in the number of romantic comedies being released—both on the screen and on the page—you’re not alone: the romantic comedy is coming back with a vengeance. I am here for it. And many of you have been telling you are, too.
When we spoke with author Julie Buxbaum in the MMD Book Club recently, we dove into the rom com resurgence. Buxbaum describes herself as a “huge romantic comedy junkie,” and is on board for this trend, speculating it’s fueled by today’s combative political environment. “Romantic comedies are soothing,” she said. “We want the happy ending.” And so the rom com is coming back—but it’s being reinvented.
We might want the happy endings, but today’s audience also wants deeper emotions than the rom coms we remember from the 90s and early 2000s, when so many plots were propelled forward by silly misunderstandings or simple character opposition. This emphasis on deeper emotions is a key reason Buxbaum considers her own book Tell Me Three Things to be a romantic comedy that’s emblematic of the reinvented rom com. The book revolves around grief—yet it’s also sweet, and funny. And of course, the reader trusts there’s a happy ending in store.
Reader, if you love a book that guarantees a happy ending, gives you the funny with the sad, has emotional depth, and makes the reading experience fun, one of these newer romantic comedies may be exactly what your TBR needs.
I’d love to hear your favorite romantic comedies in comments. And in a few weeks we’ll share the movie version of this post—what (old or new) films would you recommend?
10 contemporary romantic comedies for readers
Readers, what are YOUR favorite romantic comedies? Tell us your favorite books—and films—in comments.
P.S. If you’re not currently a subscriber, sign up here so you don’t miss part 2 of this miniseries.