chapter  3
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THE HERO OF THE ROMANTIC COMEDY

Themale hero is at the heart of the romcom, needing to be a plausible object of desire for the woman, and for the audience. He must be our fantasy and offer the heroine what she lacks. On close inspection, certain elements of the male hero are repeated across the decades, suggesting that maybe the representation of gender in this genre is slow to change, if at all. In

many romantic comedies the hero is a catalyst for the heroine, propelling her into a journey involving difficult lessons and emotional growth, with the ultimate reward of future mutual happiness, as in It Happened One Night. Commonly the hero is the adversary for the heroine, challenging

her values and even her lifestyle, yet the conflict is inevitably founded on a mutual attraction, as is evident in films such as the sex comedies.