Posts tagged ‘great dialogue’

November 8, 2011

In a Rom-Com, Less Dialogue is More Emotion

Billy Mernit of Living the Romantic Comedy recently wrote about the following truism: “The less said, the more felt.” Mernit writes:

An ongoing issue with the romantic comedy spec scripts I read is that they talk too much.

By “they” I mean the characters (i.e. the writers), which is surprising. Given that we’re living in the reign of Twitter, seeing as how we all have less time to take in information, why is that screenwriters still seem to think that romantic comedy = two people sitting or standing around talking, for page after page?

It’s axiomatic that in comedy, fast is funny. And brevity being the soul of wit, the alert rom-com writer ought to be able to cut to the gag, pronto. In this regard, I’ve often cited the opening of Richard Curtis’s Four Weddings and a Funeral as a model, a paradigm of great romantic comedy dialogue.

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