Rom-Coms are delightful. I am not gong to deny that. I spent the years 11-16 watching almost exclusively Romantic Comedies. I have since branched out, but Rom-Coms will forever hold a special place in my heart.
The problem with Rom-Coms is they rarely have much of variation plot wise. There are usually very specific ways a romance can unfold, and the main issue I take with it is the complete lack of realism in it.
I know love isn't supposed to be realistic, if it was it would the worst movie ever. But how about, we take a look at what those movies would be if we tried to make them more realistic.
Kissing In the Rain
The Romantic Gesture
The Slow Burn
It builds up over time, slowly gaining momentum. You know the entire time that it is the plan, but are just patiently waiting for the tiny little hints you get. The main issue with this, is what if after they finally get together, they realize they are not actually compatible? Some people just don't work as a couple, no matter how much they love each other. (I do want to clarify and say I believe firmly that Ron and Hermione belong together. I love them as a couple and want them to be together forever in my imagination).
More Than Friends
I would love to see a movie where two main characters don't end up making out, having sex, then having things get awkward for a bit before finally realizing that surprise, they loved each other all along. Sometimes people are actually just friends. It happens. No make-outs required.
The Ross and Rachel
Let's put aside the whole "on a break/off a break" debate for two seconds, these two epitomize the break it off get back together nature that is sitcom television. Sometimes, you should just stay apart but it is hard, especially if you have to still be friendly and spend time together. But come on. Don't be ridiculous about it. Stay apart or stay together and stop fighting. Although that won't make as good television. So never mind. Ignore me. You do your thing.
This ended up longer than anticipated but I will eventually write how to make a realistic Rom-Com - That will likely end up less romantic and less comedic and more just depressing realism. IT WILL BE SO FUN!