Earlier this week, New Line announced that the new romantic comedy Valentine's Day will be spun-off into a semi-sequel titled New Year's Eve. The news provoked groans, especially from those who've seen the first film, but isn't it a fresh idea for Hollywood to attempt a franchise in this genre? The whole point of romantic comedy is that there's a conclusion of two characters brought together in the end. Where else can they go? Maybe into family comedy, but then there's a change of genre.

However, with ensemble romantic comedies, such as Valentine's Day, I can imagine a progression that's similar to horror series. Let's pretend that all the characters in the first film ended up married, as traditional comedy would dictate, except for one. That character would then be the bridge to the next film. He or she would then finally fall in love and get hitched in that film (the equivalent of being killed off, which many men would say is an apt correlation). As would every other main character save for one. And so on.
I actually haven't yet seen Valentine's Day, so I can't say if there's a "survivor" by the film's end or not. But if not let's start the process with New Year's Eve, which could continue with other holiday-themed sequels. What other holidays are better with couples? Halloween, certainly, but the movie couldn't be called that without really being confused for a horror film. So call it All Hallow's Eve. Maybe the franchise sticks to holidays with apostrophes? Then next is St. Patrick's Day? And eventually we get President's Day, which is maybe an ensemble rom-com set in the White House.

Those of you who've seen the movie, how do you think it could be continued through the first sequel and further? Is there any other way to turn a romantic comedy into a franchise without having the first film's couple break up and following one of the leads in a new romantic pursuit? That would certainly negate the whole point of that original love story. Or might it be an honest acceptance of how romance is in the real world? But aren't movie romances supposed to be unrelated to the real world? Please, share your opinions and theories on the genre below.
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