Part of the appeal of joining a dating site is the way you can be introduced to like-minded individuals. When completing your profile, you might state a preference for romantic literature. Any kindred spirits browsing through the personals looking for someone to contact will notice this, then feel compelled to drop you a message. Not only will this common interest build the chemistry, but it will also provide ample conversation topics for your first date, eliminating embarrassing silences. Wantmatures matchmaking platform conducted an internal poll among their user base and they’ve come up with five titles for you to discuss during your inaugural get-together.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen:
The romantic novel might date back to the start of the 19th-century, but it has become one of the most enduring examples of this genre of literature ever committed to print. The central character, Elizabeth Bennett, is the protagonist describing a series of encounters as her parents attempt to engineer betrothals to secure a financially comfortable future for their daughters. They encounter a diverse cross-section of upper-middle-class English gentlemen, each of their suitors employing different methods, resulting in entertaining sequences that say so much about society then – and even now!
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks:
A novel by US writer Nicholas Sparks that has since been adapted into a popular film, this is an especially worthy title for first date discussions because it describes an intense love spanning many decades. The central characters are a couple who first meet in the 1940s. Separated by their respective class backgrounds, their families are initially hostile towards any relationship. But the central theme is about the strength of love, and this is underscored, tragically, when the couple meets up again in later life only for one of them to suffer memory loss from Alzheimer’s disease.
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell:
First published in 1936, Margaret Mitchell’s novel is set in Georgia in the Southern USA during the American Civil War when that part of the country seceded and formed a short-lived Confederacy. The reason for this rebellion was the Southern States’ reliance on slave labor, mostly for back-breaking cotton plantation work, at a time when the Federal US government was abolishing the inhuman activity of slavery. This is the backdrop to a powerful and passionate story. Young Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled daughter of a plantation owner, is desperate to claw out of poverty in the aftermath of the destruction caused by Federal General Sherman’s invading armies and their scorched earth policy. It has been rated the second-most popular American book of all time, meaning it would be ideal for you to chat about on date night.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon:
Outlander is a deeply romantic tale spanning several centuries. Written by Diana Gabaldon, the action centers on a 20th-century British Army nurse, Claire, who inadvertently travels back to the mid-18th century, a time of violent insurrection in the Scottish Highlands. The so-called Jacobite rebels are attempting to overthrow the British government who, in turn, send their red-coated soldiers to terrorize Scotland, rebels and innocent civilians alike. Claire falls for a rugged and handsome Highlander fighter, Jamie.
A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux:
Dude Deveraux is a writer from Kentucky who has penned over 40 novels. These are certainly no examples of pulp romantic fiction as some of her titles have appeared in the bestseller list of the New York Times. Like Outlander, the central theme is time travel, only featuring a present–day protagonist following for a dashing male character from even further back in time, in this instance the tail end of the medieval period.