The Romantic Comedy Isn’t Dead, Or Even Moribund – It’s Just Totally Different Now

"Today, the lighthearted, humorous romance, once primarily associated with the multiplex, thrives more in indie cinema and on television, particularly on cable and streaming platforms. It explores love from specific perspectives ... and often with an honesty that eschews fairy-tale endings. While it hasn't entirely abandoned certain tropes, more often than not, the modern rom-com deconstructs them. In other words, a type of storytelling that once remained unsubverted is now constantly being subverted."