I love a good romantic comedy as you're guaranteed a happy ever after with a few laughs along the way, which is what I try to emulate in my books. Here are 7 things I've learned from watching them over the years:
The streets are jam-packed with will-they-won't-they couples and there are more potential romances in Central Park than squirrels and pigeons combined.
The RLOYL is probably closer than you think. You may work with them or live in the next apartment or they may even be the best friend you've known since you were toddlers. And it doesn't matter how many missed opportunities you have with your RLOYL - you will end up with that happily ever after. Guaranteed.
You can forgive anything of your RLOYL.
Are they your sworn enemy who has made your life miserable? Doesn't matter. Did they run your granny over or steal your promotion at work? All is forgiven because the heart wants what the heart wants, no matter how illogical a pairing it may seem.
Everything is more glamorous with a cracking soundtrack.
Yes, even heartbreak.
Misunderstandings are part and parcel of finding the RLOYL.
You suspect he's a bit of a womanising git and instantly hate him. But wait, is that the wrong end of the stick you have there, missy? I think it could be. This handsome chap has actually been celibate since his fiancée did a runner with the best man and he volunteers at an animal shelter at the weekends. Snap. Him. Up.
It's totally okay to find the RLOYL while you're still in high school.
It saves years of anguish and bad dates, I suppose.
If you meet a bloke on the internet, he won't be a sweaty, bad-toupee-wearing perv who looks NOTHING like his profile pic.
He will be Tom Hanks.
And that, my friends, is what makes romantic comedies so wonderful. Now excuse me while I grab some popcorn and a DVD...