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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Why Not Here?

posted by on August 21 at 13:00 PM

The United Kingdom arm of giant publisher Penguin has opened up a dating website. I don’t know why American publishers haven’t picked up on this one yet, but it strikes me as a great idea.


What better way to define a potential mate than by the books he or she reads? When I worked at a bookstore, I would sometimes have my breath taken away by a beautiful woman, and then instantly be repulsed by her as she bought a few books from the Left Behind series from me.

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You should have given her some Dr. Ransom! If she wants Christian lit, at least work her tough.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 21, 2008 1:07 PM

It takes a very special strain of hepatitis to make a guy glow lime green.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | August 21, 2008 1:15 PM

To paraphrase John Cage: "If a person doesn't own books, don't fuck them."

Posted by Josie | August 21, 2008 1:17 PM

Those people look like boring twats.

Posted by Ziggity | August 21, 2008 1:22 PM

Don't I recall you dismissing Goodreads (an independentish version of this very thing*) in these pages at some point? Or did I imagine that?

*OK, it's not actually a dating site, but people could certainly use it as such, I would think.

Posted by Levislade | August 21, 2008 1:28 PM

oh man. So, so true. I will totally dismiss a cute guy if he's buying a terrible book. But I'll also give someone a second look if they are looking for something awesome.

There is nowhere more fun to flirt than a bookstore.

Posted by bibliogrrl | August 21, 2008 1:38 PM

I don't read books and I still get laid. HA!

Posted by w7ngman | August 21, 2008 1:43 PM

Here's a test: if she liked The Fermata, she's kinky as fuck.

Posted by Greg | August 21, 2008 1:51 PM

she didnt buy the left behind series from you, she bought them from the bookstore you worked for.

Posted by truth or hair | August 21, 2008 2:01 PM

is it not boring to date someone with your same taste? having friends with the same taste can be dull enough.

Posted by ryno | August 21, 2008 2:07 PM

@9 oh snap what a burn

Posted by jrrrl | August 21, 2008 2:14 PM

@10 - dating people with different tastes is great, but dating people with bad taste is not recommended.

Posted by Chris in Tampa | August 21, 2008 2:31 PM

If it weren't for bad taste I'd get no dates at all!

Gloom, despair, and agony on me....

Posted by NapoleonXIV | August 21, 2008 2:40 PM

Oh sure. She says likes Nabokov now, but the minute that ring goes on her finger, it's a steady diet of Nora Roberts from then on.

Posted by mint chocolate chip | August 21, 2008 2:51 PM

@5 - Yes, the stranger totally wrote something about goodreads last year(?), or maybe earlier this year. I remember reading it

Posted by Zack | August 21, 2008 4:30 PM

@13 Napoleon anyone who dates you has excellent taste.

I've been first dating a few times recently and I have to admit that if the guy says he doesn't read it goes into the negative column for me. He can have different tastes in books than me, but he has to like to read.

Posted by PopTart | August 21, 2008 4:59 PM

@14: And while he says he's reading On The Road, what he means is "this is my go-to title to sound hip and bohemian in the hopes that hip and bohemian ladies of loose morals will have hip and bohemian sex with me on the weekends before I go back to my 60-hour-a-week job programming phone systems for the government, which is interspersed with nights spent as a night-elf druid woman on WoW." Secretly, he's obsessed with the Tom Clancy Rainbow Six series, especially the later ones that Clancy didn't actually write.

Posted by Jessica | August 21, 2008 6:02 PM

I think I've only been hit on in a bookstore once- I'm there quite frequently, but I'm not what you would call a "looker". I didn't even realize until after it had happened, and it was by a rather cute lady- maybe she's into fat chicks- I'll never really know.

Posted by Sara | August 21, 2008 7:49 PM

I like to slip the jackets for Left Behind novels over Harry Potter books.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 21, 2008 11:16 PM

@17: It's the Net Force books that were ghost-written. As far as I know, there's only one Rainbow Six book.

Posted by Greg | August 22, 2008 4:10 PM

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