Robert Pattinson and Twilight are arguably the most successful and beloved series of films of all time. The international franchise has made over $14 billion at the box office and is widely credited with kickstarting the modern day romance movement. The films follow the story of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) as she transitions from being a bookish teen to a fierce and independent woman. The films feature some of the most iconic and popular songs in cinema history, including “Let Me Love You” by Pink and “Forever Young” by Ariana Grande. The series has spawned several bestselling novels and a massively popular YouTube series with billions of views.
The success of the Twilight films and their mega-fans have made the actor something of a royalty. He’s now the most sought-after bachelor in Hollywood, with countless women (and some men) wanting to marry him. Many consider him to be the epitome of the Modern Romantic leading man. His dating profiles boast of his charm, good looks, and affable nature. And let’s face facts: He is extremely rich. But what is a Hollywood bachelor to do with his money?
Whether you love or hate the Twilight films, you have to admit that they’ve done a lot to change the game for celebrities. The series gave birth to a new genre: The Romantic Epic. And more and more women are becoming interested in romance, especially the kind that is inspired by books and films. Why? Perhaps because cinema has never been more accessible. Thanks to the internet and social media, anyone with a screen can become a movie star. If you have a large enough social media following, you can even become a millionaire. So if you want to write a book (or movie) and see it become a worldwide bestseller, all you need is a computer and an internet connection.
That’s the dream, right? Well, it’s not as unrealistic as you might think. Just look at Robert Pattinson. He wrote, produced, and starred in the Twilight films. He got his break thanks to the internet, and he made millions upon millions of dollars because of it. So if you’re thinking about following in his footsteps, you should consider investing in some trousers and a nice shirt. Because when you really want to write a script, you need to look the part.
The fashion industry has caught on to the fact that there is now an audience for sophisticated romance. And it shows in the way the bigwigs dress their leading men. As a result, you’ll start seeing characters in films and TV shows wearing stylish suits, elegant dresses, or sleek tailored outfits. All of a sudden, your BFF (best friends forever) cardigans and pajama pants don’t seem so chic anymore.
It seems that Hollywood has gotten the memo and is running with it. Just check out the most recent movies and you’ll start to see the difference. The clothes and the sets are gorgeous, but that’s not all. The leading men are looking more fashionable and more attractive than ever. What’s causing this sudden style shift? The simple answer is money. It’s getting more and more expensive to make a film. So the studios are holding on to their cast members like grim death. That’s why you’ll start seeing a lot more suits and a lot less T-shirts and jeans.
As a result, your average Joe Bookworm can now potentially become a millionaire by writing a blockbuster script. All they need is a big idea and a lot of talent. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. In order to make your screenplay stand out among the thousands of others being churned out daily, you need to do something unique. And that takes talent. If you think that the Twilight films are the pinnacle of storytelling, you’d be surprised to learn that the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay goes to an episode of Black Mirror entitled “The Nudist Camp.” This is probably because the script is extremely satirical and parodies various film genres and modes of storytelling. It’s not quite the romantic comedy that you might be used to.
The Importance Of The Protagonist
If you’re wondering what makes a good romantic comedy, the answer is simply: A good protagonist. The best scripts are often those that focus on a relatable character. Someone you can identify with. Someone you’ll be willing to root for, even when things aren’t going their way.
The difference between a good script and a great script often comes down to one thing: The protagonist. The writer who skips over the details of a cool set or some fancy camera tricks is usually not standing on the shoulders of an Oscar. They’re just a hack who’s trying to cash in on the trend.
Take a look at Moneyball. Everyone knows the story behind the movie. It tells the tale of Michael Lewis and his team of underdogs who were able to conquer baseball’s establishment by using advanced statistical analysis. Despite what you might think, however, the film is not actually based on the 2001 book of the same name. The screenplay was written by Aaron Sorkin and was inspired by Billy Beane, a real-life general manager who used advanced statistical analysis to transform the way baseball is played. A sports movie starring Kevin Costner, Gary Sinise, and Emmanuelle Chriqui that’s based on a true story. It’s not hard to see how this one could be considered a romantic comedy.
Another great example of a romance that stands out among the sea of cookie-cutter love stories is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. This is arguably the greatest romance movie of all time. It was directed by Danny Elfman and was written by Charlie Kaufman. The soundtrack alone is worth the price of admission. Most people who’ve seen the film compare it to meeting Steve Jobs and finding out that he had designed the first Macintosh computer. While the two are polar opposites, in many ways they have a lot in common. For starters, both are extremely intelligent and well-spoken. But beyond that, they’re a lot alike. Both have a passion for creativity and technological innovation. And most importantly, they’re two of a kind. They both have a desire to change the world, but in a good way. They both want to make the people around them happier and more content. So if you’re looking for a good story that will make you laugh and cry, this is the one for you.
You’ll start seeing more protagonists like these. Relatable, likeable, and complex characters who transcend the usual clichés. Characters who aren’t defined by their looks or their wealth, but by their ideas and their drive.
The fashion industry has finally realized the importance of good character development. It doesn’t matter what you wear, what car you drive, or how much money you have. It’s all about the person you meet. How you interact with them, and what you learn from that interaction. People who invest in this kind of storytelling are sure to make plenty of money. Because there’s a huge market for sophisticated romances. Just look around. Hollywood is crawling with single billionaires who could go out and buy themselves a wife or husband. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in pursuing, there’s never been a better time to write that screenplay.
Speaking of which, let’s move away from the literary world and talk about screenwriting for a moment. Many filmgoers will argue that the most memorable films are often those that combine both elements. An action sequence here, followed by a dramatic scene there. Something that will leave you breathless and exhilarated, followed by a satisfyingly emotional scene to round out the film. And this is certainly the case with the great director and filmmaker, Alfred Hitchcock. We can’t forget about his classic thriller, Spellbound. It’s widely considered to be one of the greatest suspense films of all time. Perhaps its most iconic sequence is its train ride from hell. Hitchcock loved to experiment when it came to his films. He often combined both action and drama in the same scene. It was said that the great Alfred Hitchcock only used to direct dramas because they were easier to sell to the public. While this may be an exaggeration, one thing is for sure. You’ll never see a Hitchcock film without plenty of both.
While we’re on the subject of thrillers, let’s not forget about the James Bond franchise. One of the first films in the series, Dr. No, boasts one of the greatest action/adventure films of all time. It was first released in 1962 and went on to become one of the most successful and iconic films of all time. The following year, Sean Connery became James Bond. The character became an immediate sensation and is now the best-known and most-loved fictional spy in history. So if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to write a screenplay inspired by one of the most famous action figures in the world, now’s your chance. What’s more, with Daniel Craig taking over as 007, the series is arguably at a strong point in its history.