Can anyone give me some distinctive differences between the two, or what most defines a comedy of manners or romantic comedy? I am studying Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' and need some ideas Thanks!
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Comedy of Manners/Romantic Comedy watch
- Thread Starter
- 18-04-2013 10:04
- 18-04-2013 11:51
They're usually chock-full of innuendos and witty language.
Romantic Comedies are pretty much the same as modern RomCom films - they take a humorous approach to people falling in love, along with all the silliness and heart-fluttery that goes alongside it.
'Earnest is a great play, and very much plays on the techniques of a comedy of manners - it's a great big farcical satire, mocking Victorian social standards and etiquette. At the same time, it often derives humour from mocking marriage and falling in love, so has elements of romantic comedy (although I wouldn't call the play in general a romcom)