A romantic comedy may be a film or novel, presenting a story about romance in a comedic style. They are generally, ironically enough, neither romantic nor comedic. Romantic comedy films are a sub-genre of comedy films as well as of romance films. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... Look up romance, romantic in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The word comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humor with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ...
Romanticcomedy is well illustrated in the woodland scenes of Greene's Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay, in As You Like It and Twelfth Night by Shakespeare.
Greene also wrote The Pleasant Comedie of Fair Em, the Miller's Daughter of Manchester; with the love of William the Conqueror, produced in 1589 and 1591.
The influence of the species is apparent, however, not only in the minor comedies, but especially in the pleasant garden and rural scenes which enliven the comedies of the greatest of the Elizabethans.
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