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In 2014, 88% of films had a male protagonist! So, the men in the audience are going to identify with the lead-actor, which means they’ll subconsciously want to be the protagonist -  and the women in the audience are going to want to sleep with the protagonist because he’s that famous actor.

This means that your male-audience members will want to see a love-story, because they identify with the main-character and will want to see him get the girl. Of course, really they just want to sleep with the girl themselves.

While the female audience members will also want to see the protagonist get the girl - because they’ll want to sleep with the protagonist, making them identify with the love-interest. So, they’ll want a love-story too.

It’s not surprising that Hollywood films are cast as if they were actually a beauty contest (or porn-shoot for that matter)! It’s all about giving your audience what they want. Fulfilling their needs and desires. Well, we can’t fulfill their actual needs, so we’ll have to settle on their desires. We can fulfill those. Well, subconsciously at least. Which is why we are inundated with nothing but god-awful superhero movies and comic-book shows right now (and porn is literally everywhere). The producers are just giving us what we want. Even if we say we don’t want it. And, audiences typically want a love-story.  Men relate with the male-lead, and will want to see him sleep with the beautiful love-interest. And, women will be attracted to the male-lead and will fantasize about sleeping with him. So, everyone wants to see your characters get-together! And, vice-versa with a female-lead.

You don’t need a love-story, but it doesn’t hurt to have one.

Hollywood executives have believed that, pretty much, only love-stories will bring females into theatres. So, seemingly every movie has one. Even testosterone-packed action flicks where love-stories are completely out of place and grind the action to a halt!

Having a love-story is good in other ways too, not just to titillate your audience. A love-story makes your story-structure more complicated. The lovestory adds another three-act structure - which gets superimposed on-top of your main story-structure. This gives your script depth. Instead of focusing on the main-story all the time, you can cut back and forth between two different stories.

A love-story can add drama too. For instance, with a love-story, you can have two different false-defeats, if you want. You have two different climaxes (no, not those types of climaxes, you dirty birdy!). Etc…

If you do decide to go with a love story, they usually follow a structure somewhat like this:

You’ll probably want almost everything in the love-story wrapped up before the final-battle and the climax. Other than the love-story’s denouement (and maybe its climax), of course. The protagonist can get the girl right before the final-battle/climax or just after. Either works. But, pretty much everything else should be wrapped up before.

Therefore, your love-story ends up mostly in the second act. With only little bits in the first or third acts.

Writing Your Screenplay’s Love-Story: The Love Story

Screenwriting 101:

PROPER SCREENPLAY FORMAT

SCREENWRITING SOFTWARE

SCREENPLAY TEMPLATE

SAMPLE SCREENPLAY PAGES

BEGINNER SCREENWRITERS

FILM SCHOOLS

SCREENWRITING DEGREES

SCREENPLAY STORY STRUCTURE

HOW LONG SHOULD EACH ACT BE?

THREE ACT STRUCTURE

START WRITING NOW

STORY-STRUCTURE TEMPLATE

THE FIRST TURNING POINT

THE SECOND TURNING POINT

PROTAGONIST’S CHARACTER-ARC

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FORWARD Love Story Movies You’ll Want to Watch:

If you are thinking about writing a love-story, it’s always good to go back and watch the best love-stories Hollywood has ever come up with.

Here are some of our favourite love-stories we’re sure you’ll want to watch:


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