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Can Yaman Addiction: 15 Signs of a Hilariously Happy Obsession

Yesterday, I started laughing at myself when I realized how much I’ve changed during the past year. I realized that I have a Can Yaman Addiction! I’ve been a Dizi fan for a few years and long enjoyed the character development, depth of storytelling and glimpses into another culture that they offer. Early in 2020 …

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Can Yaman’s Wife To Be || 10 Fascinating Facts About Diletta Leotta

Can Yaman’s Wife To Be; Meet Superstar Diletta Leotta On February 11, when Turkish actor Can Yaman was photographed leaving Tiffany’s, he set the internet abuzz with chatter that he would soon propose to Italian sports-caster Diletta Leotta. After a romantic Valentine’s Day weekend on the Amalfi Coast, all indications suggested the question had been …

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Can Yaman Turkish Ambassador series: LIFE IN THe MAhalle

Can Yaman Turkish Ambassador Series: Life In The mahallahe Life in the Mahalle   A typical mahalle in Istanbul, Turkey. What is a neighborhood? And why does the mahalle (which means neighborhood in Turkish) always play a role in every Turkish dizi?  From the STANDS4 Network (at www.definitions.net): “Mahalle” is an Arabic word that was …

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Life Before Erkenci Kus: Can Yaman and A Look Back to Inadina Ask ©

Life Before Erkenci Kus: Can Yaman and A Look Back to Inadina Ask ©   By Teddie Potter Notes: This article contains spoilers. I accept full responsibility for any grammatical misuse/misspelling of my favorite Turkish words. The Leap of Faith The jump from Turkish drama to romantic comedy was a huge leap of faith for …

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“Emilio Salgari: Dreamer, Writer, And 19th Century Creator Of Can Yaman’s Turkish Sandokan

Emilio Salgari:  Creator of Sandokan  Emilio Salgari (21 August 1862 – 25 April 1911) was an Italian writer of action adventures colorfully labeled “swashbucklers”. He was also called a pioneer of science fiction and is considered the father of Italian adventure fiction and Italian pop culture, and the “grandfather” of the Spaghetti Western. In Italy, …

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can yaman series || Beyond the script: Is the Turkish Romcom a True Romantic Comedy

Hmmm… a puzzling question which I have been mulling over for months. I’m a frustrated PhD. in Library Science (maalesef, without the sheepskin) and a total research geek. You that know me and my writing style in other blog articles will not be surprised to learn that the first thing I had to do was research the meaning of the term “rom-com”. This is what I found in three different sources:

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
romantic comedy / noun
“a light, comic movie or other work whose plot focuses on the development of a romantic relationship; also called a rom-com.”

The Oxford English Dictionary:
ro-man-tic com-e-dy” (rom-com) / noun
“a movie or play that deals with love in a light, humorous way”

Wikipedia: A longer but more descriptive definition:
“Romantic comedy” (aka rom-com) is a sub-genre of comedy and slice-of-life fiction, focusing on lighthearted, humorous plot lines centered on romantic ideas, such as how true love is able to surmount most obstacles. Typically, the two lovers tend to be young, likeable, and seemingly meant for each other. Yet they are kept apart by some complicating circumstance until, surmounting all obstacles, they reach a fairy-tale-style happy ending.”

Romantic comedies are known to be money-makers, can spawn franchises and spin-offs, and are popular in books, movies, and on television. Sexual tension is fun to watch. We all like rooting for a “will-they-won’t-they” couple. Do these textbook definitions of a rom-com hold true for the series that are specifically categorized in the Romantic Comedy genre in the world of Turkish dizis?

As fans of Turkish films and series, we all have our favorites. In the case of the series of talented young Turkish actor, Can Yaman, we watch our favorites over and over again. (Guilty!) His most recent series of “Dolunay”, “Erkenci Kus”, and “Bay Yanliş” are classified in the “Romantic Comedy” genre. However, each of these series does contain other elements besides the feel-good, lighthearted, comedic aspects one expects from a rom-com.

Searching for an answer to the question in the title of this article, we will consider Can Yaman’s 2017 series of “Dolunay” (“Full Moon”; aka “Bittersweet”).

Evet! In the context of the dominant features of a “classic “rom-com”, “Dolunay” does have lighthearted comedy, two young and very likeable lovers, complicated issues and circumstances, obstacles to overcome, etc., etc. As the storyline unfolds, however, dramatic events are revealed that take the main characters into dangerous, life-threatening situations with seedy underworld criminals. The series ventures away from the elements of a rom-com and over to the “dark side”. Intrigue, deception, greed, smuggling, blackmail, and even murder for financial gain, take over the storyline. Even to the point of our two main characters in one of the episodes facing a crazed criminal threatening their lives with a pointed gun.

Don’t get me wrong. The series is one of my favorites. It is totally entertaining with the brilliant casting of Can Yaman as Ferit Aslan and Özge Gürel as Nazli Pinar, the two main characters. The story is funny, romantic, heartbreaking in some parts, and dramatic as dramatic can be. But… is it a “true” rom-com? Probably not. But this is just my opinion.

Should these series be more realistically classified in the genre of “Comedy-Drama” or “Dramedy”? Considering that they combine elements of “comedy” and “drama”, I would vote Evet! But again, this is just my opinion. You decide!

Written for Can Yaman International
By Mary Bloyd, Resident Editor

Sources:
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/romantic%20comedy.
The Oxford English Dictionary: https://languages.oup.com/.
Wikipedia.com: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romantic_comedy.