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Here’s How OKCupid Is Bringing ‘Game of Thrones’ Lovers Together!

Dating kind of sucks. In my experience, redheads don’t appreciate being referred to as those who’ve been “kissed by fire,” adults born out of wedlock don’t enjoy being called “bastards” in a northern accent, and dragon puns are often misunderstood. We may have thought there were enough GoT fans in the world—but clearly, there are not. People like me have been forced to simply say hello or text “what’s up” instead of paying homage to our favorite fantasy series courtesy of an obscure Westerosi reference—or any endearing pop culture references for that matter.  The exhausting practice of swiping, chit chatting and subsequent ghosting present in our dating culture makes fantasy-world escapism all the more appealing. But! Finally! None other than OKCupid have found a way to bring dejected literary recluses together!

 

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Before now, dating apps have asked us all a wide variety of questions: What are some of your pet peeves? Favorite food? Marriage? Kids? According to their official blog, OkCupid is finally asking its users the only question that has mattered since 2010.  In honor of GoT’s pending return for its final season, users who answer “yes” to the question “Do you watch Game of Thrones?” will be anointed with a badge visible in their profile. This is an obvious result of how often Game of Thrones has been mentioned in the profiles of their users—an average of two million times. Connections on the dating app are bound to skyrocket. The good people at OkCupid have confidently predicted a 20% increase in likes and a 15% increase in conversations for GoT fans.

 

 

To further promote this, the dating site polled people on GoT related topics, such as: what they thought the best GoT relationship was: Forty-three percent of people thought that Jon Snow and Ygritte had the best relationship while Forty-seven percent felt that Daenerys and Khal Drogo represented #goals. It goes without saying that these relationships portrayed on screen ended in tragic deaths and the two remaining love interests have now entered into an incestuous relationship with each other…so let’s just not equate GoT with our actual love lives. Let’s just allow our common appreciate for George R.R. Martin’s masterpiece be our cupid.

 

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Thanks to GoT badges, we can all take solace in the fact that people won’t have to resort to relationships built on dysfunction and a lack of common interests; war-torn affairs and questionable hookups are a thing of the past…

As you already know…

The eighth and final season of the hit show premieres April 14th, and George R.R. Martin’s remaining books will publish sometime before Armageddon.

 

 

 

 

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Fifteen Reasons Why I Read Books

This past weekend I was talking to a friend of mine about books, because why not? And I listed a bunch of reasons as to why I love reading books, and he nodded his head and said, “You should write an article about it, but don’t go overboard.”

 

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And here I am, sharing my reasons for my love of books, and I am going overboard, so screw you, Jake.

 

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#1. I am a word nerd. I love it when I read, and I recently saw an interesting word from Franz Kafka’s The Complete Stories, specifically, The Hunger Artist, “impresario,” and I looked it up to expand my vocabulary! FYI impresario means someone who finances concerts, plays, or operas. Sounds fabulous right?

#2. My love for poetry, fiction, and all things literature is a bit scary. Faves you ask? Sylvia Plath, Nayyirah Waheed, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zadie Smith, Margaret Atwood, Harper Lee, Oscar Wilde, Truman Capote, and yeah let us move on…

#3. I am the queen of isolation. Books help reinforce my fortress to not talk with strangers, and not make friends, and not talk to my loved ones, but they understand me, I’d hope, if not, then I would be too busy being stimulated by my current reading, The Handmaid’s Tale. Please don’t judge me. I know I’m late as hell, and I know I should be burning for it because it is so good!

 

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#4. Escapism. Well, it does sound similar to #3 in some ways. However, not only do I prefer to isolate myself but escape to another world. I can read Game of Thrones and not just picture what’s happening in the plots of the story, but I go as far as to imagine what would it be like to be a part of the Starks or Lannisters by making up my own character… I’m not crazy I swear, it’s just life is too hard (insert crying emoji here).

#5. To kill time. I live in New York, and my commute to work is quite long, so no matter how overcrowded it may be, whether I am sitting or standing, I will make it my mission to pull out my book from my bag and continue reading my story.

#6. Food tastes better when I have a book in one hand and a fork in the other, and of course, I would stain my pages with my spaghetti sauce. Why do I do it then? Well, despite the challenge it’s more time efficient than watching videos in my opinion… and if I start watching videos, I don’t think I can ever stop. I haven’t yet perfected in the art of eating, and reading seems….

 

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#7. It gives me something to do when I tan at the beach. There’s a downside to this if you’re super into the book and you don’t realize how much time has passed and you forget to switch position, and you end up burned. Unpopular opinion, I like it when after you brush off the sand away from your book you can appreciate the extra dryness of the pages when you turn them, kind of like an extra dry martini (it’s how I like em).

#8. I like reading The Little Prince to my niece. I love when she feels encouraged to learn more because of my influence. She can’t get enough of The Diary of the Wimpy Kid series, and tries to follow in her uncle’s footsteps!

#9. For creative purposes. I enjoy creative writing like poetry, short stories, and whenever I feel inspired by a line or a dialogue, I would put the book down and write something that would hopefully deliver the same impact. “I feel like the word shatter.” Ugh! Handmaids, you need to stop being so great.

 

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#10. I read so I can collect bookmarks. There is no way I can only collect bookmarks without reading books. I prefer Leatherology; they have beautiful bookmarks. My favorite is the red apple colored kind, and only God knows how many books it went through.

#11. I’m also trying to be more emotionally intelligent. I started reading the Goosebumps series when I was twelve, and they were the first books I ever experienced. However, even though I’ve read a long time, I still haven’t come to a place of confidence to say that I am more skilled at dealing with situations in regards to feelings. I can sure say that I wouldn’t be better if it weren’t for reading.

#12. Reading books is my favorite medium of entertainment; now don’t get me wrong! I do love my Netflix, and HBO more than the next person—but there is something about picking up a book and falling for the descriptions of the characters and the world, and the plot. No other medium can stimulate all your five senses at once, and I think that’s pretty amazing.

 

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#13. This is going to sound very simple but what I love about reading books is the simple act of holding them in my hands. While I read the words on the page, I get this sensational feeling when I have a paperback, and I read a good portion of a book, I fold the front cover along the pages that come before to the back cover—it becomes magical to me. The fact that a whole world is so present and so solid in your hands is mind-blowing.

#14. I love it when I’m reading; I can smell the vanilla aroma scent around the pages. You don’t have to be a book lover to know what I am talking about! If there is a perfume out there that is dedicated to book scents, please let me know! I will have my coins ready.

#15. The power of mind reading is a superpower I most desire, and thanks to being an avid reader, I can say that I’ve read many great minds. I may not be Professor Charles Xavier, but I’m glad that I get to read thoughts in this fashion. A fashion where I get to know more than the person’s mind, but by their intentions, performance, and realities they create with words on the page.

 

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I can go on to a hundred reasons but I am not going to do that to you. What are your reasons for reading books?

 

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Top 10 Dreamiest Boyfriends from Literature

Cuddle weather has arrived, and with it, National Boyfriend Day! It’s always heartwarming to find a book where you can fall in love with the love interest, so here they are the cream of the crop, the best boyfriends out there, who love with all their hearts, who make sacrifices, put their lives on the line and are romantic to their core. This list will shine the spotlight on some of the best boyfriends in books we’ve read (and if you haven’t read these books, you will now!)

 

 

1. Edward Cullen (Twilight by Stephanie Meyer)

 

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Edward Cullen, a vampire and completely head over hills for Bella Swan, he had fallen for her for the first time he set eyes on her.  He constantly protects her against vampire and werewolf attacks. And lets be real, he’s dreamy.

 

 

2. Peeta Mellark  (Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)

 

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Peeta was the very foundation that held Katniss up when she needed it. Even before the games, he would burn bread on purpose to give it to her and her family. In the games, his support was undying, he assist her in winning the games and eventually marries her. 

 

 

3. Jamie Fraser (Outlander by Diana Gabaldon)

 

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A sexy Scottish man from the past, a warrior and landowner, he did everything in his power to protect Claire through the fiery embers of war. He stuck to her side through miscarriage and pain, being what her rock in her time of need as well as establishing a beautiful family and marrying her.

 

 

4.  Nick O’Leary (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn)

 

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Nick is the ultimate boyfriend and buddy. He agreed to be Norah’s fake boyfriend, shares the same taste in music and even goes on an adventure to locate and bring her drunk friend home. The ultimate ride or die. Nick was one of the best boyfriends to wreak havoc with and then cuddle at the end of the night.

 

 

5. Jean Claude (Anita Blake Series by Laurell K. Hamilton)

 

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Smooth and sexy is what embodies this curly haired vampiric Casanova. Fianceof Anita Blake, he is constantly assisting her in paranormal investigations. Whenever Anita calls, he will always answer, doesn’t matter whether it’s day or night, far or wide. Numerous times, he had gone face to face against ancient vampires in order to protect his beloved Anita (despite her protests).

 

 

6. Nick Young (Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan)

 

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What’s not to love about Nick? He’s down to earth, he’s fun and he loves to eat. Nick doesn’t judge people by how much money they have or their background; he loves Rachel the way she is. Despite his family’s disapproval, he gave up his rights to the family inheritance (though only temporarily), supported and assisted in finding her lost father and eventually married her.

 

 

7.    Landon Carter (A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Spark)

 

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Despite knowing her fatal condition, he makes it his duty to make every day meaningful and fulfilling for Jamie Sullivan. Your heart will skip a beat when you hear how dutiful, romantic and sensitive Landon.

 

 

8.  Augustus Waters (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green)

 

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Both share a sickness. Hazel and Augustus have cancer. Augustus has a brilliant outlook on life despite his condition, he brings Hazel along on the journey, showing her how to live their lives to the fullest.

 

 

9.  Matthew Clairmont (A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness)

 

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Another vampire on our list, and a big romantic, is Matthew Clairmont. Upon meeting Diana, he falls in love with the reluctant witch. However, there are mysterious forces that oppose their union and will stop at nothing to end their lives and relationship. Matthew fights hand in hand, sword and claws, to protect his beloved and defend their love.

 

 

 

10.  Graystripe (Warriors by Erin Hunter)

 

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Image via Warrior Cats

 

 

Graystripe, though not human is, one of the best boyfriends on this list. A young warrior from the Thunderclan, he found love in the opposing clan, Riverclan, where he fell in love with a she-cat. He had fought hard for her and when they eventually had kits, he left his own clan to join hers and raise their kits together.

 

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