There are very few people in the world who do not like romance. It is a genre that is universally appealing. The popularity of this genre is much due to the fantastic escape that it offers to its viewers, especially when the protagonists overcome all difficulties, declare their passion for each other and finally unite with a kiss and happily live ever after.
Romance- The genre
Such plots usually focus on the love affair between two individuals who are the protagonists of the film. The plots are basically love stories that center on romantic passion, emotion, affectionate involvement of the protagonists. The stories focus on the obstacles faced by the lovers and how they overcome them to be with each other. These obstacles are generally related to finances, social status, psychological restraints, occupation etc. Just like real life romances go through regular tensions, temptations, compatibility issues etc., so do the relationships in the movies.
The common themes such films explore are love at first sight and young or older, obsessive, unrequited, spiritual, sentimental, sexual, forbidden and tragic love.
Evolution of the genre
Romantic films came into being in the 1890s, during the era of silent films. The movies that were made during that time were short films of about 7 minutes, which showed two individuals falling for each other.
The genre got some depth between 1920s and 1950s, when the romances started portraying pain. It portrayed two people who could not stand each other in the beginning but gradually fell for each other towards the end.
The genre has been much toyed with over the years, giving birth to several sub-genres.
Movies falling under this genre explore the difficult or complicated side of love. Such plots usually revolve around an obstacle that does not let the lovers come together. These obstacles can be family’s disapproval, psychological restraints, forbidden love etc. Such movies often end with the separation of the lovers due to the enormity of the obstacle or due to fate. Two classic examples of such a movie would be ‘Titanic’ and ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’.
This is a much popular subgenre which combines humor with love. These types of films are usually lighthearted, showing the protagonists in humorous situations. Such movies usually have a happy ending, with the lovers triumphing over all obstacles. ‘Roman Holiday’, ‘Sweet November’, ‘The Holiday’, ‘Two Weeks Notice’, ‘The Proposal’ etc. are some of the best examples of romantic comedies or rom-com.
Here, thriller is combined with romance to form films like ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, ‘The Bodyguard’, The Tourist’ etc.
Here, action is blended with romance producing films like ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’, ‘Knight and Day’, ‘Killers’ etc.
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