Here we will be talking about love (in its simplicity and complication), sex of course, consent, sexuality, as we find them written in books. I am excited about this and I hope that you are a bit curious to see where these conversations take us.
What’s that thing they say about comedy being tragedy plus time. I don’t think anyone ever thinks that they will ever laugh about an event that once felt like your heart drowning in your chest but hey! Anyway, of course this prompted me to take a look at how break ups show up in romcoms, let's dive in!
In romcoms, love and the acknowledgment of it is written as the gold standard for character growth. We forget that love can be unhealthily given and people can love badly even if the other character doesn’t know it.
So this week's episode is a campaign for reading more “guy next door”, the pot bellied love interest, or maybe a 2 pack, not six pack, the short man, listen, or medium height, not every time 6ft tall, yada yada.
So, for the last couple of weeks, I feel like I have been taking a stab at romcoms, for someone that unapologetically stans these books, I’ve been quite on the critical side when it comes to examining how romcoms push some unhealthy and to be honest very anti feminist positions. However, while it has its problematic sides, can we make the conclusion that romcoms aren’t feminist in nature? Is it supposed to be?
So we don’t get a Nigerian version of a queer romcom hero like Mellissa Brayden (the author I mentioned in the last two episodes), instead we are going through politics and war and rites and passages and its always a great learning moment but where is the fluff?
Welcome to “Sorry, I only read ROMCOMs” a podcast about romance and all the ways it shows up in our lives, specifically in books. I started reading romcoms forever ago, somehow found myself swept away by the dance, you know how it goes.. First person 1 meets person 2, a coy banter begins, they fall in love… then that separation bridge happens where they realise that they can’t do without each other, finally the glorious reunion and happily ever after that makes us go awwww. After reading this same story line about 5000 times, I decided to talk about it, in a podcast of course as a millennial. So here we will be talking about love (in its simplicity and complication), sex of course, consent, sexuality, as we find them written in books. I am lowkey excited about this and I hope that you are a bit curious to see where these conversations take us.