From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Romantic comedy is a hybrid genre in which a story about romance is presented in a comedic style. Works in this genre are generally considered light-hearted, and are sometimes associated with the vaguely derogatory terms "chick lit" or "chick flick", meaning "primarily aimed at a female audience".
Romantic comedies differ according to the date in which the plays or novels are written, for these two words--romance and comedy--are Greek words originating 400 a.d. to specify forms of drama--another Greek word; originating 400 b.c. as a specification for plays involving tragedies between protagonists and antagonists