I'm done with zany. I'm done with zany characters and their unrealistic mad-cap scrapes. I am done with zany plots and what characters are required to be to make it all work. Zany is starting to involve all the worst of the romance cliches - heroines too stupid to live, heroes so blind to reality it's amazing they can get around in the world.
I love romantic comedy. I love it more than most things, but I've always thought for romantic comedy to really work, to lift itself out of the realm of disposable and zany - it has to be anchored in heartbreak. Love Actually, SEP, About a Boy, the best of chick lit (and I do mean Do Me Do My Roots, Good Grief, all those fabulous Anna Maxted books, Love Walked In) - the comedy is just a part of the heartbreak.
And I have to say I'm angry about this - really really angry. Because one of the best shows and best male characters on TV - what's-his-face Moody on Californication has been ruined with zany. Ruined. That first season all his hijinks were simply an antidote to the heartbreak. Now they are hijinks for hijinks sake.
Sinead asked about when a series is over and Californication needs to call it quits before it gets any worse.