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The Best Worst Couples in Literature
Every February, Valentine’s Day makes people in romantic relationships sweat their way through increasingly elaborate displays of affection, while...
Quiz: Who is Your Ultimate Fictional Valentine?
Real Valentine’s Day dates are often disappointing, which is why when the going gets tough, the tough turn to fiction for a truly satisfying,...
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Ask a Literary Lady: Is It Ever OK to Read on a Date? Yes, Actually.
Dear Literary Lady, When is it ok to read on a date? –A.V., Brooklyn, NY Dear Readers, You might think A.V. asks a silly question. You might think it...
6 Times Dorothy Parker Understood Modern Dating Way Better Than You
As an avid reader, a single 20-something woman, and a cynic, it’s sometimes hard for me to find a go-to author for relationship advice. No offense, Jane...
8 Female Characters Who Need a Relationship Intervention
Clearly, not every fictional relationship is straight out of the lusty pages of a bodice-ripper. Similarly, many of literature’s most storied unions...
A Book for Every Breakup
There’s nothing quite so comforting, in the dismal days after a terrible breakup, as seeking solace in the pages of a good book. Sure, friends are...
10 Fictional Men Who Have Ruined Me For Actual Men
Pity the poor boys in my life from 1996 on, few as they may have been. That was the adolescent year I first started reading novels by Jane Austen and the...
The Best Pickup Methods From Victorian Literature
When it came to finding the love of her life, your average Victorian lady was far from helpless—as a matter of fact, she had more than a few tricks up...
You’re 5 Dates Away from Wooing a Book Nerd
Imagine, if you will, the last awkward date you had the privilege of sitting next to at a restaurant. All you wanted was to casually enjoy a plate of fried...
The Lamest Girlfriends In Fiction
I adore romantic heroes in literature with a (possibly unhealthy) passion, so I often have a hard time with female characters who run roughshod over the...
The Lamest Boyfriends In Fiction
It’s easy to think of boyfriends in literature I want to cuddle up with in real life (call me, Mr. Darcy!). But sadly, I’ve also encountered a...
Franz Kafka’s Online Dating Profile
NotThatJewish 31/Male/Straight/Single Prague, Czech Republic My self-summary In the mornings, when I want to get out of bed, I simply fold up. This has a...