[box type="alert"]SPOILER ALERT If you are unfamiliar with the movie Sleepless in Seattle, you may wish to run out and watch it before reading this post.[/box] Jeff Arch wrote the original story that became the movie Sleepless in Seattle. The film was released in 1993 starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, and is included on many lists of Best Romantic Comedies. Oddly enough, the film is successful not because it follows a tried-and-true structure, but in spite of the fact that it breaks the basic rules of romantic comedy structure. Rather than the conventional boy-meets-girl set-up, the central couple never actually meets until the film’s final scene. This goes against every basic truism of romantic comedy structure, and by doing so, creates one of the quintessential romantic comedies.