By Andrea Thompson
Oh, rom-coms. Is there a genre so many feel so guilty about loving? As Carrie Bradshaw put it, we want that “ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-each-other-love.” Wanting love is a pretty universal thing, but the problem with romantic comedies is how they often depict the quest for it, particularly to the women they’re almost universally marketed to. And for those who don’t seem to fit into the beautifully presented picture these films often paint, it can be brutal. But much like westerns, the problematic aspects of the genre have in no way prevented rom-coms making a comeback. Because love, like violence, will always find an audience hungry for it.