Blog Tour: Author Guest Post: My Favourite Romantic Comedies by Jon Rance

Today on Becca's Books, I'm delighted to be welcoming Jon Rance to the blog to share with readers his favourite romantic comedies as part of the blog tour, to celebrate the recently released Dan And Nat Got Married.

Blurb
The British romantic comedy you need to read this year.

Marriage can be difficult. Especially when you've only just met. Meet Dan Fox, 34, an online marketing manager from Clapham, who was jilted at the altar two years ago by the love of his life and hasn't dated since.

Nat Howard, 32, is living back at home with her parents in Dorking after her perfect boyfriend dumper her and she had to move out of his bespoke flat in Putney.

On separate Stag and Hen weekends in Las Vegas, Dan and Nat wake up married. Both too drunk to remember what happened, they return to England and try to get on with their lives. But there was something about Nat that makes the usually cautious Dan think they should give their marriage a go. Nat's still in love with her Ex, but maybe Dan can help mend her broken heart.

Can marriage between two relative strangers really work? And when Nat's ex-boyfriend - the gorgeous Charlie - comes back into her life, she must decide - something old or something new?

Set in London, Dan and Nat Get Married, is a funny and full of heart modern romantic comedy about marriage, relationships, and giving love a second chance.

My Favourite Romantic Comedies
By Jon Rance

Hello! Thank you so much for having me on your blog today and for letting me introduce my new romantic comedy novel, Dan And Nat Got Married. It's out now on Amazon! Very exciting times indeed. So having just attempted to write a great British romantic comedy, I thought it would be good to let you know my favourite British rom coms. For the purposes of this blog I'm going to include television, film, and books. So let's crack on!

Four Weddings and a Funeral
I mean what can I say about it? It's the Daddy of British romantic comedies. It's the quintessential English film that introduced the world to Hugh Grant, gave us one of the greatest best man speeches ever, and of course, ignited the film career of Richard Curtis. But most importantly, I think it's a timeless comedy that's funny, romantic, sincere, honest, and just very, very English. In the same way that 'When Harry Met Sally' is uniquely American, Four Weddings and a Funeral put Britain on the international rom com map.

High Fidelity/About A Boy - Nick Hornby
If you ask any male writer post 2000 writing in the commercial fiction genre and I bet they'll say they were inspired by Nick Hornby. How can you not be? His books are brilliant and don't follow the normal romantic comedy format and you might argue that they aren't really rom coms, but they're funny and about love. What Hornby does though that takes them above and beyond the usual romantic comedy is write them superbly and squeeze in darker themes while still somehow managing to keep them as romantic comedies. 'High Fidelity' is still the benchmark against which I will undoubtedly always fail. 'About A Boy' was also a great film adaptation.

Gavin and Stacey
In my opinion, the best romantic comedy show on television ever. It works so well because the characters are just incredible. If you go through the list of characters in Gavin and Stacey, so many of them could have their own show. Smithy, Bryn, Ness, Pam, Pete and Dawn, Deano, Dave Coaches and the list goes on. The central love story between Gavin and Stacey is brilliantly written and is the heart of the show, but it's the extra characters that elevate this comedy to something special.

Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
I mean what can I say about Bridget Jones? Helen Fielding has created one of the best characters in fiction history. Bridget is everything you'd want in a main character. She's funny, flawed, sensitive, insensitive, tries so hard to be better but always fails miserably, awkward, but always sort of positive and hopeful that things will turn out OK in the end. Bridget defined a generation and looks set to continue that with the new film and book. I think Helen Fielding is a genius because she did something so simply but so well that it almost seemed impossibly difficult. It's the same thing with David Nicholls and One Day, such a simple idea, but so brilliant that every writer is kicking themselves for not thinking about it first.

You Had Me At Hello - Mhairi McFarlane
Every now and again a book comes along that blows you away. McFarlane's debut, 'You Had Me At Hello', is so well written, so funny, and just the perfect romantic comedy. I didn't know about her when I read this, but I was gripped from the first page and have read all of her books since. What puts Mhairi's books above others is that she writes so effortlessly and creates such engaging characters that from the outset you're engaged in the story. She's also one of the funniest writers out there. I can't believe this isn't a film yet. I mean, seriously, this would make a great movie.

Catastrophe
If you haven't seen this sitcom yet you must. Right now, stop reading this, go online and watch it. It's incredible. It's just the most real, uncomfortable, honest, hilarious, sad, and perfectly written show about love and relationships you'll ever see. Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney have created a modern masterpiece.

About Time - Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis's directorial and writing swansong if you believe him and what a swansong it is. I've read some bad reviews of this film that go on about the time travel being wrong and so on, but for me it isn't about that. He uses time travel as a device to tell a love story. I think it's a romantic, funny, and inspiring film about love, life, family, friendship and the importance of living every day as if it's your last. It's not a typical romantic comedy because it does deal with some deeper and more emotional issues, but at its core it's still Richard Curtis doing what he does best, making us laugh and making us think.

And lastly, I just have to mention one last film. I met my wife in 2003 in Sydney, Australia, while we were backpacking and one of our first dates was to watch, 'Love, Actually'. It's remained one of my favourite films ever since because it's a brilliant, feel-good rom com, but also because it means so much to me personally. That's three Richard Curtis things on the list!

Dan And Nat Got Married is my attempt at the perfect British romantic comedy and it's out now. I think it's somewhere between Gavin and Stacey, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Catastrophe, and High Fidelity. It's a mix of all my favourites thrown together in my brain and this is what came out. I tried to write something really original, but hopefully like the very best pieces, it also somehow feels very familiar. Thanks so much for having me, it's been an absolute pleasure!

About the author
Jon Rance is the author of four novels: the Kindle top ten bestseller, This Thirtysomething Life, Happy Endings (both published by Hodder and Stoughton), This Family Life and Sunday Dinners. He's also the author of the short story prequel, This Twentysomething Life and the Christmas novella, A Notting Hill Christmas. His fifth novel, Dan And Nat Got Married, will be out this October!

Jon studied English Literature at Middlesex University, London, before going travelling and meeting his American wife in Australia. Jon loves comedy (especially sitcoms), the films of Richard Curtis, travelling and tea. He just turned forty, which is a terrifying time, so his books might get a bit edgier and possibly angrier as a result.

Jon writes dramatic, romantic, comedy fiction similar to the work of Mike Gayle, Matt Dunn, Nick Spalding and David Nicholls.

You can find Jon Rance on Facebook | Twitter | jonrance.co.uk

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