Happy Valentine’s day everyone!
I hope you are having a wonderful day, full of love and joy. Since today is a special day, Valentine’s day, also called the day of love, I wanted to talk about just that, and mix it with books. Before any relationship, there is one moment when you have to hit on somebody (or being hit by somebody). And since that moment could be cute or weird, I found it would be interesting to gather some pick-up lines from books to see how your favourite characters made their move. So I decided to skim through my library to find and sort those pick-up lines. I hope you’ll enjoy reading this post, and without further due, let’s get started.
1. Harry asks Cho Chang to the Yule Ball (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
I have to admit, back when I first read this book, I remember finding this one is a bit cringy, but Harry is easily forgiven because he is so young that we can forgive him. I actually find it kind of cute that Harry, who managed to fight and (temporary) defeat He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named twice and who pushed back dozens of Dementors the previous years and yet he’s still scared to ask a girl out. And, hey, at least he tried, which is much more than I would have done at his age.
VERDICT: 30% CRINGY – 50% CUTE – 5% ROMANTIC – 15% WEIRD
> Would it work on me? At that age, I pretty sure it would have. Hell, it might still work today haha.
2. Anastasia Steele interviews Christian Grey (Fifty Shades of Grey)
“Are you gay, Mr Grey?”
Even though this one was not intended as a pick-up line, it was probably what induced Christian Grey’s interest for Anastasia. And honestly, I personally find that the line is at the same level as the romance in the book itself. Meaning kind of cheap and cringy.
VERDICT: 80% CRINGY – 0% CUTE – 0% ROMANTIC – 20% WEIRD
> Would it work on me? Not. At. All. I really hate when people assume that when you’re not into them, then you must not be into their gender at all.
3. Mr Darcy comes to profess his love (Pride and Prejudice)
“This seems a very comfortable house.”
Okay, am I normal if I say that it’s so weird that it’s cute? Okay saying this out of context when you clearly came for something, and then just storming out IS weird, but god how cute is the fact that someone as important as Mr Darcy can be so shy when he just wants to confess his feelings to Miss Lizzie Bennet.
VERDICT: 5% CRINGY – 60% CUTE – 20% ROMANTIC – 15% WEIRD
> Would it work on me? I honestly don’t know. I’m so clueless when someone happens to be in love with me that I would probably not get it at all.
4. The first dance between Safi and Merik (The Witchlands)
“I don’t move, Domna. People move for me.”
The thing is, I’m not a fan of Truthwitch. But even though I only read the two first books in this series, I already know that Susan Dennard can write beautiful and gradual relationships. Well, I don’t think it was the Case for Safi and Merik, and this first line is proof of that. I don’t like arrogant men, the only case I would have liked this sentence was if it was brought with humour, and it wasn’t.
VERDICT: 60% CRINGY – 0% CUTE – 5% ROMANTIC – 35% WEIRD
> Would it work on me? I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t because I am not a fan of overconfident men.
5. Feysand (A Court of Thorns and Roses)
“There you are. I’ve been looking for you.”
Funny how the way I perceive those pick-up lines is directly related to my appreciation of the pairing! I find this exact line perfect knowing the whole story, but I would definitely have find it weird if not! Actually, I remember finding this kind cringy back when I first read A Court of Thorns and Roses.
VERDICT: 5% CRINGY – 20% CUTE – 70% ROMANTIC – 5% WEIRD
Would it work on me? I think it might be the one that would work best on me in real life. It shows some humour and mystery and is one of the less cringy icebreakers.
What do you think about those pickup lines?
What are your favourite or least favourite?
That’s it for today, but honestly, I had so much fun that I might do a part 2.