• Tue, Sep 27 2011

Mindy Kaling’s Guide To Romantic Comedy Leads In The New Yorker

We all know writer and actress Mindy Kaling from her hilarious work on “The Office.” But did you know she’s also an aspiring screenwriter? It’s true.

In this week’s New Yorker, Kaling describes her experience meeting with movie executives and hearing about their questionable ideas for screenplays. She then goes on to say that what she really wants to write is a romantic comedy, describing them as such:

I regard romantic comedies as a subgenre of sci-fi, in which the world operates according to different rules than my regular human world. For me, there is no difference between Ripley from “Alien” and any Katherine Heigl character. They are equally implausible. They’re all participating in a similar level of fakey razzle-dazzle, and I enjoy every second of it.

To prove her comprehensive understanding of the genre, Kaling goes on to list seven types of female leads in romantic comedies. They include The Klutz, the Ethereal Weirdo (a.k.a. the Manic Pixie Dream Girl), the Woman who Works in an Art Gallery, the Sassy Best Friend, and the Woman Who is Obsessed with her Career and is No Fun at All.

And indeed, it’s all true. I can’t remember the last time I went to see a romantic comedy starring someone who looked and acted like anybody I know: someone with a normal haircut, wearing jeans and flip-flops, who enjoyed their career and worked hard but managed to not be a raving, horrific lunatic with a sociopathic lack of empathy, and who would find a bumbling man who fucks them over and then runs back in the rain to apologize a delusional asshole, rather than charming husband material.

All that said, here’s hoping that Kaling writes a romantic comedy. I’d see it.

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