Romantic comedy (‘rom-com’) novels are too often overlooked by those that consider themselves ‘serious’ readers.
I suspect much of the blame for that can be assigned to the publishing term chick-lit… and the many lesser quality titles marketed under that banner over the years. But just because a novel contains romance and comedic moments, that certainly does not preclude it from being edifying reading.
Here are 10 Intelligent Rom-Com Novels worthy of a place on your reading list:
Willis has written this story so ingeniously. Each chapter begins with an often tongue in cheek description of a fad – what exactly it was, how it came about, how long it lasted and why it diminished – Hula hoops, rubix cube, quality circles, hot pants, etc.
I have long been a fan of Aussie author Toni Jordan’s brand of humour and original and intelligent take on ‘relationship fiction’ (Addition and Fall Girl), but this is her best novel yet. Think Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest meets Fawlty Towers meets Love Actually…
If you are a dog lover, and are inclined not to take yourself (or the human species in general) too seriously, then this is the perfect novel for you – a sweet, light-hearted and highly entertaining weekend read.
This one was an international bestseller for good reason… a very modern take on the classic screwball romance tackles some tough societal issues with just the right mix of hilarity and compassion.
Publisher Orbit Books described this as ‘Bridget Jones meets The Big Bang Theory meets Independence Day’. I can vouch for that description being absolutely spot on. I’m probably showing my age here but I’d also throw in a vibe reminiscent of The Goonies movie too. Need I say more?
Who isn’t drawn to a story about people that walk to the beat of their own drum? Every one of us has at some time in our lives felt that we didn’t quite fit in with the crowd, or perhaps admired those that appeared quite happy not doing so. One that leaves you with that old-fashioned warm and fuzzy feeling…
Without giving too much away, there’s something special about Kate – you know that much from the synopsis… It is that difference which gives this story grit and substance, and the manner in which Jonathan and Kate respond to it (sometimes refreshingly non-PC) which makes them such realistic and endearing characters.
Jordan has boldly presented a different slant on mental illness and poses the question, ‘At what point does uniqueness become an illness?’ At the same time, this dark exploration is wrapped up in what is essentially a very sweet love story that explores the classic questions of how much must one compromise ones individuality to form a lasting relationship.
McKenzie’s prose is a delight to read – at times whimsical and often hilariously deadpan dialogue, but always with a strong emotional connection .
Has a novel ever made you laugh and want to cry at the same time? This will. These characters feel so alive to the reader and are so genuine and endearing because Nicholls displays a real understanding of the difference between what people say and what they mean.
So, which of these titles will you be adding to your wish list?
Is your favourite intelligent romantic comedy book not on this list? If so, share it with us in the comments below.
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