Romantic comedies can often get a bad rep. For the few truly great ones out there, there are a lot of releases that just fall flat due to poor execution. The storyline is just a little too cute or cheesy. The writing is totally cringe. The person at the center is unrelatable. But here's a secret – I love a good, satisfying romantic comedy, and so does author Curtis Sittenfeld. She says that for a rom-com to work… CURTIS SITTENFELD: It has to be plausible, and there has to be some genuine connection between the two people. And then, if they have sparkling, witty banter between them, that never hurts. SUMMERS: Sittenfeld's latest book called “Romantic Comedy” opens on the set of a sketch comedy show that's a lot like “Saturday Night Live.” The book explores what happens when sparks fly between a writer named Sally and Noah, a pop star who's a celebrity guest host on the show. I started by asking Sittenfeld to tell me more about Sally. SITTENFELD: So Sally is very successful professionally. She was married in her early 20s and divorced and has been single for a while and is settling romantically but is, you know, ambitious professionally. SUMMERS: We should point out that Sally is also a Midwesterner, like us. I grew up in Kansas City, like Sally. You grew up in Ohio and seem to keep returning to […]
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