It breaks my heart that the romantic comedy is a thing of the past. When I look at the movies I’ve seen, movies that are coming out, I see I have watched two or three new romantic comedy releases in the past three years. Seriously – where are they all?
We all know that Hollywood loves to recycle ideas, as well as destroy great books by turning them into painfully lame movies. That said, let us pretend for a moment that tinsel town would put their very best people on it, not cock up the casting, and could turn out some fabulous book to movie romantic comedies. If that was the case, here are five that I think should be top contenders:
Take a talented caterer with anger management issues whose weapons of choice are cast iron pans and knives (or any kitchen gadgets really) that just wants to feed people and live a happy life in her new home. Add in a pair of government hitmen, some mob ties, a wedding, some crazy ass villains, a mysterious basement, and a whole lot of hilarity and romance will ensue. If you’ve not read this one you should for the angry sex, strong heroine, and over the top silliness. One of my all-time favorite reads right here, and actually Hollywood should look at all Jen Crusie’s older books for movies. She has some seriously awesome reads from Bet Me to Welcome to Temptation.
Downton Abbey is super popular, Austen re-makes continue to be big hits, and we all know Hollywood loves to do sequels too, right? With that in mind I think somebody needs to take a serious look at author Julia Quinn’s impressive body of work. I think her Bevelstoke trilogy or her first few Bridgerton novels would be a most excellent place to start. I can so imagine the humor as well as the moving romances and fantastic casts of supporting characters making a great Hollywood franchise.
What would happen if you thought you were going to die in a plane crash and told all your secrets- big, little, dirty and mundane to the stranger sitting next to you? What if that stranger turned out to be the owner of the company you work for, and you wound up falling for him? This is a classic ‘nothing special’ ordinary girl falls in love with a very rich and powerful man tale – but it’s so charming and with all of the secrets and revelations and humorous details it stands out. One of Kinsella’s very best, and I do believe it’d be adorable as a movie assuming Hollywood didn’t slaughter it like they did to Shopaholic.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Confidence Tricks, but I could see that it might make for an awesome movie. Same goes for Love is a Battlefield and The World is a Stage – both hilarious and fun books by Tamara Morgan. She’s really funny, has great sexual chemistry, and I think is the only author releasing great contemporary romances that are both sexy and make me giggle like crazy these days. I would love to see her highland games playing men in kilts on the big screen so darn much, and just thinking about some of her scenes being played out in movie format makes me grin. Yes. Tamara Morgan for the win.
While best known for Bridget Jones, this is in fact my favorite by this author. Olivia is a fluff piece journalist who is sent to Miami to cover a perfume launch. She’s made fun of for an overactive imagination, but is that what is going on now? With a cruise ship bombing, shady characters, and Olivia doing her best as a make-shift spy all of the sudden she’s not so sure what to believe. Add a hot CIA agent, and an incredible mix of action, comedy, and romance and you could have the romantic comedy that has enough action to be a date movie too.
Bottom line? I just want romantic comedies to come back. So far in 2013 I’ve read a number of good contemporary romances which gives me hope that romantic comedies in my books (and maybe my movies?) will make a comeback as well. If not, perhaps they can discover brand new talent and make a series of movies based on Cindy Gerard’s BOI’s characters. I volunteer to handle casting for that, and I can start immediately.
What romance books that are funny would you like to see as a movie – or do you simply recommend? I’d love to hear it!