And Now, Your Worst Failed Romantic Gestures

Back in eighth grade, I fell in love with a girl who didn't want anything to do with me, and the lovesickness got so bad that I played up the friend angle and called her every night, hoping and praying she would change her mind and want to hook up with me (NOPE). Anyway, I've told this story before, but one night… » 1/20/15 3:13pm 1/20/15 3:13pm

Bad Online Date On Your Horizon? Fake Your Own Death Like This Woman

Valentine's day is coming, so The Mirror's been running user-submitted tales of love gone wrong. One woman, however, has just raised the bar so high that you're going to have scramble quickly to try to top her. If you want to top her, that is. Because she doesn't come off that great either. » 1/19/15 7:00pm 1/19/15 7:00pm

How Two 18th Century Women Fell in Love and Invented Modern Romance

Romance hasn't always been the stuff of bodice rippers and bad vampire movies. Back in the 18th century, the word "romantic" meant something akin to "foolish" or "fanciful." But then a bunch of hipster sentimentalists changed everything — and invented the idea of love as we know it today. » 1/05/15 11:41pm 1/05/15 11:41pm

Fox & Friends Trolls Coming in Hot with Advice on How to Get a Man

Single Man, Married Man is a new, yawnily retrograde dating guide written By Men For Women. With the tagline "Every Man Wants to Get Married: Why Not With You?," the book purports to spill important relationship secrets revolving around the fact that "it takes a lot to hold [men's] attention, and men tend to lose… » 1/02/15 3:30pm 1/02/15 3:30pm

​Gifts That'll Make Your Significant Other Less Annoying

The holidays are here, bringing the promise of good cheer, the scent of fresh-baked cookies, and the steadily increasing stress over choosing the proper gift for your significant other. Then there are the stretches of quality time together, often in high-pressure environments like crowded airports, when mildly… » 12/04/14 5:30pm 12/04/14 5:30pm

All That Matters in the Beginning of a Relationship Is Looks

When you think about what matters in a good relationship, you probably think about shared values, or inside jokes, or fun road trips. But picture-driven dating apps like Tinder may be confirming a suspicion many of us do our best to push aside: that all that really matters, at least at first, is looks. » 11/03/14 4:10pm 11/03/14 4:10pm

Engagement Chicken: A History of Romantic Culinary Bullshit

We're just six weeks short of Thanksgiving, which means two things: First, if your Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year plans involve air travel, book your ticket now or suffer the financial consequences. Secondly, if you're looking to get hitched over the holidays and believe in magic, it might be time to bust out the… » 10/15/14 12:21pm 10/15/14 12:21pm

Erotic Romance Publisher Spins Torrid Tale of Defamation

If your only encounter with romance novels was 15 years ago and involved someone's "throbbing member," you likely wouldn't recognize the genre today. And that's thanks in no small part to erotic romance publisher Ellora's Cave (pun intended, I'm pretty sure). But now the company has leapt into an embarrassing legal… » 9/30/14 5:00pm 9/30/14 5:00pm

Television Is Resurrecting the Romantic Comedy From Its Deathbed

Have you noticed more romantic plots creeping onto your TV screen? And perhaps on shows that are comedic, rather than dramatic? Don't look now, but the rom com is perhaps pulling a Lazarus. It's just that everyone is very, very shy of the term "romantic comedy" after years of stinkers anchored by Matthew McConaughey. » 8/18/14 2:40pm 8/18/14 2:40pm

Paris: Keep Your Love Locks Out, You're Ruining Everything

Parisians are over you and your need to express your love with padlocks on their bridges like some whimsical literary novel protagonist. You are not an imaginary person and those locks are heavy, dude — so heavy that their weight crumpled one Parisian bridge, moving City Hall to encourage selfies. In the grand scheme… » 8/13/14 9:50am 8/13/14 9:50am