The traumatic romance genre is a fickle thing. Back in the old days, practically every other movie featured a tragically doomed romance. From the old school melodramas of Douglas Sirk, through 1970's Love Story, and all the way up to 1982's Sophie's Choice, the genre was a consistent guarantee of box office success.
Then things went a little more...80's. Funny came back, hard. Action got serious, and took over the box office.
But, as is so often the way, sadness was never all that far away - and has clearly now returned to us. The rise of Nicholas Sparks was an early sign of things to come, and now - with The Fault in Our Stars going gangbusters at the box office, trauma is very much back in vogue.
Cue If I Stay:
Adapted from Gayle Forman's novel, and starring Chloe Grace Moretz, it will make you cry. Which, lets be honest, is why we'll all sit down to watch it in the first place.
[If I Stay](movie:612375) is set for release August 22, 2014.