The Pictionary Explanation of the Classic Romantic Comedy
Alissa Kendrick, Natalie Melcher, Victoria, Allison Henson, and Lous Buckley
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1)Once upon a time in a far-away kingdom a girl seeking her prince charming. Residing with her evil step-mother and twin step-sisters, she long awaited the day she’d be able to be free and live happily ever after.
(cue to draw a castle with a girl or something of that nature) (Cinderella)
2)Girl seeks a relationship, and goes on a date. The date goes poorly and the night ends after the potential guy dances to Ice Ice Baby in his white
(cue to draw a girl with guy, but an x through the guy) (13 Going on 30)
3)Girl believes she’ll never find love after she finds out guy is a scam and only in it to take down her sister.
(cue to draw girl crying and heartbroken) (Frozen)
4)A school dance is coming up, and the Girl has been talking to an anonymous potential. They plan to meet at the dance at precisely 11pm under the disco ball. Girl debates on whether or not she should actually go. She has nothing to wear.
(cue to draw an invitation or the 2 of them under a disco ball) (A Cinderella Story)
5)Fairy godmother saves the day with an outfit and transportation.
(cue to draw fairy godmother with dress and coach) (Cinderella)
6)Girl and guy meet at dance. Girl Drops iPod at dance. Guy attempts to find girl by the music on her iPod.
(cue to draw iPod with a playlist of songs) (Another Cinderella Story)
7)Stepsisters try to sabotage the potential relationship when they realize the match is their sister. They want to be the match.
(cue to draw ___________) (Cinderella)
8)Girl comes forward and makes it known that she’s the match. Girl and guy fall in love and live happily ever after.
(cue to draw ___________) (Cinderella)
From the clues above, we can try and depict the classic romantic storyline that has been used and abused through cinematic history. Whether it’s a current romantic comedy or an old fairytale, the same generic plot of the girl falling in love with the guy in the end always makes its way into current film. It’s a classic tale that is used repeatedly in different formats (music videos, television, video games). There are countless film that fall under this plot, and that is exactly the purpose of this in class activity. Why does “new” media content sample techniques from the past to secure a profitable future? Well, it all goes back to the section regarding “Reappraising the Residual”; taking content from the past and reusing it for a new format for the future for profit. It seems production companies rely on comfort in order for the film to be profitable. Let’s think about the 80% rule here; where most media products fail to produce profit 80% of the time when published to audiences. If a film doesn’t end happily, audiences will cause a stir and likely not see it. But it seem most romance films have stuck to this same plot, and people have bought it (literally and figuratively). Just add updated jokes and the film should do just fine. But the question is why do audiences keep watching ,essentially, the same film over and over again? It depends on the viewer. Some like the happy ending and seeing a girl go through a struggle of finding love. Some like the comedic aspect and enjoy laughter in these films. Or it could be nostalgia of the Disney tales that seem to make allusions of in the films. It’s quite interesting to see how upset fans get how past content gets remade, when it in reality it happens all the time in this media world. Is there ever been a current film that hasn’t played off or shared or influences from previous ideas?
The list of the possible movie that fit this story plot is quite numerous. But that is the idea here. Media is spreadable and and the ideas/content involved with it it shared enormously as well. Our goal is not to make you stop watching any film or television shows that show this typical plot but to make you think and realize what is the purpose of this content in front of me? We forget to ask ourselves this and it makes senses how the same thing can be presented to us and we don’t consciously know it. As long as you’re comfortable with your reason, then keep watching. Media will always be here, we all just have to adjust with it.