Books To Read After “Better Than the Movies”

If you’ve recently turned the last page of ‘Better Than the Movies’ and find yourself longing for more heart-warming, laughter-inducing romantic comedies in literary form, you’re in the right place.

This blog post aims to guide you towards other charming narratives that echo the same themes of love, humor, and a touch of movie magic that made ‘Better Than the Movies’ such a joy to read.

We’ll dive into a variety of books, each offering a unique take on the romantic comedy genre, ensuring there’s a title to suit every taste.

Let the next chapter of your rom-com reading journey begin.

Similar Themes: Romance and Film

Unearthing books that delve into the irresistible combination of romance and film, here are a couple of selections that encapsulate this theme.

‘Geekerella’ by Ashley Poston

This Cinderella retelling meets fandom culture, set against the backdrop of a sci-fi film convention. Elle, our protagonist, is a die-hard fan of the Starfield franchise. When a cosplay competition offers a chance to attend the ExcelsiCon Ball, she seizes it. All the while, a budding romance blossoms through text messages with a mysterious stranger. ‘Geekerella’ merges romance and the movie fandom theme in a delightful and relatable way, making it an apt choice for fans of ‘Better Than the Movies’.

‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell

Meet Cath, an introverted fanfiction writer for a massively popular book series reminiscent of ‘Harry Potter’. As she navigates her first year of college, Cath grapples with her identity outside of her love for the fictional world of Simon Snow. Simultaneously, she encounters unexpected romance that stirs the plot further. With a narrative encompassing the joy of being a part of a beloved fictional universe and the excitement of first love, ‘Fangirl’ extends a heartwarming experience similar to ‘Better Than the Movies’.

Navigating High School Romance

High school serves as a memorable backdrop for many a romantic comedy. The books in this category traverse the thrills, embarrassments, and heartbreaks of high school romance, much like ‘Better Than the Movies’.

‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ by Jenny Han

Lara Jean, the protagonist, is an introverted high schooler who writes letters to her crushes without any intention of mailing them. When these letters unexpectedly get sent out, chaos and romantic entanglements ensue. Through a mix of sweet moments and misunderstandings, ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ mirrors the relatable high school romance seen in ‘Better Than the Movies’.

‘The DUFF’ by Kody Keplinger

‘The DUFF’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) tells the story of Bianca Piper, a seventeen-year-old high school student who ends up kissing the school’s resident ‘womanizer’ to escape her personal problems. As their friends-with-benefits relationship deepens, so do their feelings for each other. ‘The DUFF’ offers a different but equally captivating take on high school romance, blending humor, self-discovery, and a touch of drama to create an unforgettable narrative.

Unconventional Love Stories

Love stories can take on myriad forms, each as captivating as the last. These selections challenge conventional romance tropes and deliver a fresh, compelling take on the genre, adding depth to the comedic and romantic elements we loved in ‘Better Than the Movies’.

‘Eleanor & Park’ by Rainbow Rowell

Set in the 1980s, ‘Eleanor & Park’ is a young adult novel about two misfit teenagers who come from starkly different backgrounds. Their unexpected love story is beautifully woven against the backdrop of family troubles and societal prejudices, offering a potent mix of love, drama, and a hint of comedy. Their unconventional romance strikes a chord with readers who appreciate a deep, emotional narrative alongside their rom-com elements.

‘The Hating Game’ by Sally Thorne

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman are executive assistants to co-CEOs in a publishing company and they absolutely despise each other. Their office rivalry takes a twist when they both apply for a promotion, initiating a series of events that lead them to reconsider their feelings. ‘The Hating Game’ utilizes the enemies-to-lovers trope masterfully, blending humor and sexual tension to create a rom-com that’s difficult to put down.

Comedic Touch: Love with a Side of Laughter

Romantic comedies often delight readers with their infusion of humor into love stories. Here are a couple of books that excel at blending laughter with romance, reminding us of the light-hearted spirit we adored in ‘Better Than the Movies’.

‘The Rosie Project’ by Graeme Simsion

Meet Don Tillman, a socially awkward genetics professor who initiates the Wife Project to find a suitable life partner using a detailed questionnaire. However, his plans go awry when he meets Rosie, a woman who meets none of his criteria but captivates his heart nonetheless. ‘The Rosie Project’ weaves a hilarious narrative around love and compatibility, proving that the heart has its own logic.

‘I’ve Got Your Number’ by Sophie Kinsella

Poppy Wyatt is in a panic after losing her engagement ring and her phone all in one day. When she finds a discarded phone, she seizes it to help find her ring. The phone, however, belongs to a business executive, Sam Roxton, who isn’t pleased with Poppy reading his messages and interfering in his personal life. A quirky tale of misunderstandings, ‘I’ve Got Your Number’ is a delightful read that mixes comedy and romance in equal measure.

Classic Romance: Nods to the Past

Romantic comedies, while often set in contemporary times, can draw inspiration from classic tales of romance. These books offer a nod to the past, blending traditional narratives with modern interpretations, much like the nostalgic charm we loved in ‘Better Than the Movies’.

‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen

A timeless classic, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ tells the tale of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, two individuals who must overcome their prejudices and societal pressures to realize their love for each other. Jane Austen’s sharp wit and keen observation of societal norms, coupled with a compelling romance, make this a must-read for any rom-com enthusiast.

‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ by Helen Fielding

A modern retelling of ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ chronicles a year in the life of Bridget Jones, a thirty-something single woman in London. Bridget, with her sharp wit, endless romantic dilemmas, and a knack for landing herself in comedic situations, delivers a narrative that’s equally endearing and hilarious. It’s an ideal pick for those who appreciate classic romance narratives told through a contemporary lens.

Extended Recommendations: More Rom-Com Delights

Here are ten more selections that encapsulate the essence of the rom-com genre, each offering a unique blend of romance and humor that’s sure to captivate readers.

‘Beach Read’ by Emily Henry

Two writers, each dealing with their own creative block, end up as neighbors for the summer. A playful bet ensues where they switch genres, leading to unexpected inspiration and romance. Selected for its exploration of romantic tension and delightful summer backdrop.

‘The Unhoneymooners’ by Christina Lauren

When the maid of honor and the best man are the only ones not sick after a wedding, they take the prepaid honeymoon and end up falling for each other. Chosen for its hilarious setup and enemies-to-lovers trope.

‘The Flatshare’ by Beth O’Leary

Two cash-strapped individuals share an apartment and a bed – in shifts. They communicate through notes and develop a unique relationship. It’s selected for its quirky premise and heartwarming romance.

‘The Kiss Quotient’ by Helen Hoang

A woman with Asperger’s syndrome hires a male escort to teach her about relationships, leading to an unexpected romance. Picked for its portrayal of neurodiversity and the exploration of love in unexpected circumstances.

‘Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating’ by Christina Lauren

Hazel, a quirky woman, and Josh, a more traditional man, go on a series of double dates that lead to unexpected feelings. Selected for its comedic charm and endearing characters.

‘Well Met’ by Jen DeLuca

Two individuals participating in a Renaissance Faire as a pirate and a wench find romance amidst the festivities. Chosen for its unique setting and entertaining romantic journey.

‘The Bromance Book Club’ by Lyssa Kay Adams

A group of men form a book club to understand women and save their relationships. Selected for its unique premise, highlighting the value of understanding in love, served with a dose of humor.

‘You Deserve Each Other’ by Sarah Hogle

An engaged couple on the verge of calling it quits engage in comedic warfare, only to rediscover their love for each other. Chosen for its humorous antics and exploration of love amidst conflict.

‘Attachments’ by Rainbow Rowell

A company’s Internet security officer falls for a woman whose emails he’s been monitoring. Selected for its unique digital-age romance and sweet, humorous narrative.

‘Meet Cute’ by Helena Hunting

A former child actress has a chance encounter with a man who was her biggest fan, leading to a love story filled with laughter. Chosen for its heartwarming exploration of fame, second chances, and unexpected love.


We’ve traversed an array of charming narratives that echo the same themes of love, humor, and a dash of movie magic that made ‘Better Than the Movies’ such a joy to read. From contemporary high school romances to unconventional love stories, from books filled with laughter to those that pay homage to classic romances, there’s a title to suit every taste.

As you journey into these captivating stories, you’re bound to experience a roller coaster of emotions and moments that make your heart flutter. So, let’s embark on these new reading adventures.

Happy reading!

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R.J. Adams

My first job was at Barnes & Noble, so books and reading have been a big part of my life for as long as I could remember. My Kindle is jam-packed with books I likely will never get around to reading and my To Be Read pile is even longer!

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