The representation of women in romantic comedies over time:
The history of the romantic comedy genre. <ul><li>The hybrid genre known as  'romantic comedy' made its debut during the 1...
In this presentation I am going to cover: <ul><li>The representation of women over time in romantic comedies. </li></ul><u...
Feminist movements which inspired a change in the portrayal of women:  <ul><li>The 1960’s was a decade of change. </li></u...
Breakfast at Tiffany's. (1961) <ul><li>Breakfast at  </li></ul><ul><li>Tiffany's was    produced in    1961, during   the ...
Bridget Jones Diary - (2001) <ul><li>Bridget Jones is a 38 year old singleton who works in publishing, she struggles to fi...
The Ugly Truth - (2009) <ul><li>The Ugly Truth was produced in 2009; the narrative focuses on the realities of capturing y...
Codes and conventions of romantic comedies which mean that the representation of women may always be restricted. <ul><li>M...
To Conclude:  After thoroughly analysing all 3 of my texts, I have came  to the conlusion that the representation of women...
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The representation of women in romantic comedies by Melissa Cannons

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This is part of my film studies coursework, where I analysed the representation of women in romantic comedies.

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The representation of women in romantic comedies by Melissa Cannons

  1. 1. The representation of women in romantic comedies over time:
  2. 2. The history of the romantic comedy genre. <ul><li>The hybrid genre known as 'romantic comedy' made its debut during the 1950’s with Shakespeare’s plays, such as ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream’ and ‘Much A Do About Nothing’. </li></ul><ul><li>Women have always had a key role in the narrative. </li></ul><ul><li>The main protagonists are predominately women. </li></ul><ul><li>It has a female target audience which has seen little variation over time. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition: </li></ul><ul><li>Romantic comedies tend to follow a pre-defined structure and tend to include the following conventions: </li></ul><ul><li>Two characters leading totally separate lives. </li></ul><ul><li>A 'meet cute' situation where both characters meet for the first time. </li></ul><ul><li>Conflict which disrupts the equilbrium. </li></ul><ul><li>Meet again and resolve differences. </li></ul><ul><li>Happily ever after. </li></ul>
  3. 3. In this presentation I am going to cover: <ul><li>The representation of women over time in romantic comedies. </li></ul><ul><li>How various feminist movements have inspired a change in the portrayal of women. </li></ul><ul><li>The codes and conventions that mean that the representation of women in romantic comedies may always be restricted. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Feminist movements which inspired a change in the portrayal of women: <ul><li>The 1960’s was a decade of change. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1966, the National Organization for Women was formed. </li></ul><ul><li>Liberation of women and new found rights. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Breakfast at Tiffany's. (1961) <ul><li>Breakfast at </li></ul><ul><li>Tiffany's was produced in 1961, during the decade of sexual liberation. </li></ul><ul><li>It is no secret that the main protagonist Holly Golightly is a prostitute. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I need money and I'll do anything to get it.&quot; . </li></ul><ul><li>She kept her slippers in the fridge,used </li></ul><ul><li>charm and suggestion to </li></ul><ul><li>get her own way and married people for their money. </li></ul><ul><li>The main themes </li></ul><ul><li>of the film are </li></ul><ul><li>freedom and belonging </li></ul><ul><li>Holly Golightly's character is highly independent, she lives life by her </li></ul><ul><li>rules. </li></ul><ul><li>She is shy to commitment. </li></ul><ul><li>“ People don't belong to people, I don't wanna be locked in a cage!” </li></ul><ul><li>As with most romantic comedy films, the film ends in a conventional manner with Holly and Paul kissing in the rain. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Bridget Jones Diary - (2001) <ul><li>Bridget Jones is a 38 year old singleton who works in publishing, she struggles to find love and documents her achievements </li></ul><ul><li>in her diary. </li></ul><ul><li>Bridget Jones Diary was </li></ul><ul><li>produced in 2001, when </li></ul><ul><li>comparing the </li></ul><ul><li>representation of </li></ul><ul><li>Bridget Jones to </li></ul><ul><li>that of Holly </li></ul><ul><li>Golightly in </li></ul><ul><li>Breakfast At </li></ul><ul><li>Tiffany's, there </li></ul><ul><li>is a clear </li></ul><ul><li>distinction in </li></ul><ul><li>empowerment </li></ul><ul><li>and stability. </li></ul><ul><li>Bridget yearns for </li></ul><ul><li>commitment and </li></ul><ul><li>love, which is now a common element of contemporary romantic comedies . </li></ul><ul><li>Bridget is a confident, individual character but is undoubtedly reliant on the acceptance of men. </li></ul><ul><li>T he representation which is seen in Bridget Jones Diary has become the norm and the stereotype for women in contemporary romantic comedies. </li></ul><ul><li>The representation of women can be perceived both positively and negatively as it now appears that women are more reliant on men romantically but more liberated and successful in the real world. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Ugly Truth - (2009) <ul><li>The Ugly Truth was produced in 2009; the narrative focuses on the realities of capturing your 'dream man' whilst highlighting the harsh realities of expectations of both men and women when looking for their ideal partner. </li></ul><ul><li>The Ugly Truth provides yet another contrast </li></ul><ul><li>to Breakfast at Tiffany's, where </li></ul><ul><li>the ultimate aim </li></ul><ul><li>is to find love, despite this, the explicit use of suggestion, </li></ul><ul><li>charm and sex is similar to that of Holly Golightly's character. </li></ul><ul><li>“ N o man is saying </li></ul><ul><li>'I love you' without </li></ul><ul><li>expecting something </li></ul><ul><li>in return” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Stop trying to win a man's heart . Aim lower.” </li></ul><ul><li>These quotes show that women are empowered and in control and use sex to their advantage but also showing a </li></ul><ul><li>man's expectations from a relationship. </li></ul><ul><li>As with Bridget Jones </li></ul><ul><li>Diary, The Ugly Truth </li></ul><ul><li>represents an image </li></ul><ul><li>that although the </li></ul><ul><li>women are both </li></ul><ul><li>socially and financially </li></ul><ul><li>successful, they seek </li></ul><ul><li>and gain ultimate </li></ul><ul><li>happiness when </li></ul><ul><li>finding their perfect </li></ul><ul><li>man. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Codes and conventions of romantic comedies which mean that the representation of women may always be restricted. <ul><li>Most romantic comedy films are written and directed by men, meaning that the representation of women is constructed from a man's point of view and consequently never portrays the reality of female life. </li></ul><ul><li>Women are always looking for love, leaving themselves vulnerable and also expressing continuous dependancy on men. </li></ul><ul><li>Romantic comedies always include social situations where 'meet cute' situations are liable to occur. </li></ul>
  9. 9. To Conclude: After thoroughly analysing all 3 of my texts, I have came to the conlusion that the representation of women has progressed over time, both as a result of various feminist movements and changes in society.. It is fair to say that women are represented 'differently' over various decades, and the portrayal isn't always favourable but it is necessary to consider that this is due to the fact that films reflect the values and morals which are evident in society at the time of production. All 3 films present women as being liberated and living to please themselves. The negative portrayal generally comes from the dependancy women display on men, although, throughout the decades, it is evident that the dependancy on men has served different uses. Since the beginning of the romantic comedy genre, women have relied on men for one reason or another, whether it be for money, love or advice. In a way, it seems as if women have been in control all along, using men for their own uses... Romantic comedies continue to be conventional, to follow the same formula... in my opinion the representation of women will only become stronger, as society changes and women possess more power.

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