A Lover’s Run


Romantic comedies make for fulfilling literature: there is conflict, emotion, drama and a happily-ever-after. The genre, probably one of the most widely written and read has seen both tradition and innovation, clichés and novelty, and appeal and ridicule. Rom-coms could probably tie with religious texts for speaking also a history of literature.

At its heart, each rom-com is just a retelling of what love is and how it affects us. The politics of a rom-com intersect with the politics of storytelling and the politics of love. Of late, queer rom-coms have gained much visibility, while rom-coms mentioning inter-caste couples still remain elusive in mainstream literature.

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Ed was no Beethoven, and comedy was not composition: his genius could not emerge despite his muteness like the maestro’s symphonies had despite deafness. Nowadays, he haunted the dim rows in the club, drowning in expensive disguises and cheap bourbon. And every midnight, when a tavern door uncorked itself, he stumbled out Eduard Pacinto once more, flowing into the flickering city streets. And within the fabric of those deserted nights, some old applauses pierced through to him, stitching themselves against his suffocating silence.

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