Never let it be said that I don’t take this blog seriously. I put in hard hours, making sure that I am committing myself fully. So when Kemper Donovan‘s The Decent Proposal was released (and devoured within a day), I decided that this blog post would be perfect. What a great way to unite rom com watchers and readers! Romantic Comedies are, in my most humble opinion, one of the most undervalued genres. And because I am so committed, I spent my weekend in rom com bliss, matching some of my favourite movies with some of my favourite books. It was tough, but it’s work I’m willing to do for the Savvy Readers!
So here I have a list of some of my favourite rom com movies and some of the books that I think are the perfect pairing!
The Proposal & The Decent Proposal (Kemper Donovan)
It has more than just a few words in common, I swear!
In The Proposal, Sandra Bullock plays Margaret Tate, the tough-as-nails executive editor in chief of a major publishing house. Ryan Reynolds plays her assistant, Andrew Paxton. When Margaret faces deportation, she gives Andrew a proposal he simply can’t refuse: marry her, and she’ll give him the editor position he has been working towards for years.
In The Decent Proposal, we have our tough-as-nails female lead in the form of Elizabeth Santiago (known to her colleagues as “La Máquina,” The Machine). Richard Baumbach takes the role of the struggling film producer. And the proposal comes in the form of a mysterious benefactor, who says that they will pay them one million dollars if they agree to meet and talk for two hours, once a week, for one year.
The Princess Diaries & The Princess Diaries (Meg Cabot)
It’s probably no surprise that this is on here – I have talked about my love for this movie/book in the past.
In The Princess Diaries, Mia Thermopolis is the quintessential awkward teenager. Just before her sixteenth birthday, she discovers that she’s the heir to the Genovian throne. She begins to take lessons from her prim and proper grandmother. And if that wasn’t complicated enough, life tosses in a few different love interests for fun. If you’ve watched the movies but haven’t read the books yet, you need to. And if you’ve read the books and haven’t seen the movie … well, I don’t know what planet you’ve been living on!
You’ve Got Mail & Sex, Lies, and Online Dating (Rachel Gibson)
Love in the 21st century.
You’ve Got Mail is the rom com classic starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. Kathleen Kelly and Joe Fox begin talking online. Little do they know, in “reality” they are business rivals. Kathleen owns the quaint independent bookstore, The Shop Around The Corner, and Joe belongs to the family behind Fox Books, the mega bookstore chain threatening Kathleen’s business.
Sex, Lies, and Online Dating takes a different approach to the world of digital romance. Lucy says she’s a nurse. She’s actually a mystery writer. Quinn, screen name “hardluvnman,”says he’s a plumber. He’s actually a cop. And unfortunately for Lucy, she has become the prime suspect in his latest investigation.
Man Up & About a Girl (Lindsey Kelk)
It all started with a lie.
In Man Up, a cute British rom com, Lake Bell plays Nancy, a single, 34-year-old woman. On her way to her parent’s anniversary party, Nancy runs into Jack (played by Simon Pegg). Taking a chance, Nancy pretends to be the woman Jack is supposed to be meeting, his blind date Jessica.
In About a Girl, Tess Brookes is a girl with a Plan. When that Plan fails her, she accepts her flatmate’s photography assignment in Hawaii. But Tess soon finds trouble as she struggles to maintain her lie on the island.
The Wedding Date & Too Good to Be True (Kristan Higgins)
Blurring the lines between fiction and reality.
The Wedding Date stars Debra Messing as Kat Ellis, who is about to go stag to her younger sister’s wedding. To make it worse, her ex is the best man. Determined not to be cast as the sad, lonely woman, Kat hires a male escort (played by Dermot Mulroney) to be her date. Of course, in typical rom com fashion, the event does not go off without a hitch.
It’s worth it for this line alone:
In Too Good to Be True, Grace Emerson’s ex boyfriend has started dating someone else – her younger sister. Not wanting everyone to feel bad for her or get involved in her love life, Grace decides to tell everyone that she’s seeing someone. More specifically, she tells everyone she’s seeing Callahan O’Shea, her renegade neighbor.
Post Grad & Queen of the Babble in the Big City (Meg Cabot)
Alexis Bledel plays Ryden Malby in Post Grad. A recent college graduate, she has moved home after she lost her dream job to her college nemesis, Jessica. With the help of her best friend Adam, she begins the hunt to find the perfect job. But as she searches, she must decide what will make her truly happy.
In Queen of Babble in the Big City, Lizzie is back. She returns to New York looking for a place, looking for a job, and looking for where she truly belongs. But the search is never easy.
She’s All That & Epic Fail (Claire LaZebnik)
There will always be a place in my heart for She’s All That. It’s a classic story. Jock (Freddie Prinze Jr.) sees nerd (Rachel Leigh Cook). Jock gets dared to make nerd prom queen. Chaos ensues. Zack and Laney might just be one of my favourite rom com couples ever. It’s the classic high school story of the prom king and the underdog, brought together by unlikely circumstances, but learning to see the good in unexpected places.
It’s a similar story that you find in Epic Fail. Derek is undoubtedly one of the most popular guys in school. Elise, new girl and daughter to the principal, is a social pariah. When unexpected circumstances bring them closer together, Elise attempts to resist the charms that come along with love and popularity.
The Wedding Planner & The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion)
There is no formula for love.
In The Wedding Planner, Jennifer Lopez stars as Mary, the Type A, super professional wedding planner who dreams of her perfect wedding. She’s been planning it since she was a child. But the perfect love story is never quite that simple or predictable. Instead, she spends the perfect evening with Steve (Matthew McConaughey) – who just so happens to be the groom in the new wedding she has started planning.
In The Rosie Project, genetics professor Don Tillman is convinced that he can find the perfect woman through science. He designs a 16-page, scientifically researched questionnaire. Enter Rosie, a totally imperfect woman according to Don’s survey. But as Don helps Rosie with her own scientific pursuits, he discovers that there is so much more than meets the eye.
And there we have it! Eight totally great reads to go along with eight totally great movies. Tweet us your own #PerfectPairings, @SavvyReader.
That was tough. Can I do it again next week?
Follow me on Twitter @allieboballie8