Who knew your local librarian will also play matchmaker? According to The New York Times, libraries are trying to attract patrons who "came of age in the Age of the Internet." One way they are trying to get young professionals into the library is by hosting literary speed dating. Each participant brings their favorite book and spend a few minutes to chat about it until they have to rotate and move to a new station.
Can you imagine the deception and dishonesty? (Sorry, but I see the potential flaw in every plan. Just ask my family and friends. It's a blessing and a curse.)
But, seriously, how many men would bring an unread copy of Eat, Pray and Love, hoping to score? Sure, you could spot those guys quickly, but it might be a little more difficult to figure out that the guy with the copy of Romeo and Juliet never read it or saw the movie in his 9th grade English class.
And then there is the level of honesty on your part. What if your favorite book is a romance? Would you take a copy to a speed-dating event? I don't think I would. Not only would the romance reader have difficulty finding common ground with a guy who wouldn't have read anything like it, but some men get a little uncomfortable (or immature) with romance fiction.
But then, watching them squirm could be highly entertaining.
I know it's been said that one's bookshelf reveals a lot about a person, but I don't think this applies in literary speed-dating. In those situations, the person has an ulterior motive in their choice of book. Some try to impress, some are trying to connect, and some choose a book because it represents something positive or interesting about them.
So... if I had to participate in a literary speed-dating event, my favorite book would depend on my attitude. I'd choose To Kill a Mockingbird if I wanted to play it safe and Gone with the Wind if I wanted to play. And if I was going to be completely honest? I'd take the romance I was currently reading and brace myself for long night.
What favorite book would you take to a literary speed-dating event?