Nic, from North London, says he had no problem delving into his own dating debacles for the book."I think if you’re writing a novel about dating then you’d better be drawing on some of your own experience or where’s the authenticity," he explains."But I wanted to weave it into a plot-line that illustrates how our dating behaviour can affect a lot more than who we go to bed with on any given night."I particularly wanted to write about love and dating just as we went into the recession to explore whether job insecurity changed our approach to finding a partner."It seems to me that we’ve become shoppers for love if you like, constantly wanting the ‘new thing’ and internet dating fuels that.
Continually wanting to ‘upgrade’ undermines the very notion of long-term love, and yet most people still yearn for something more durable in a relationship.
Having kissed my fair share of frogs on Tinder, I can attest that dating is horrible. Luckily, bad date stories are supremely entertaining and very fun to tell. In these scenarios, the lemon is a scrubby dude who always forgets his wallet at home.
This is not to say that a terrible date doesn’t leave you crestfallen.
Nic, who has written and directed for the big and small screen as well as the stage, currently makes his main living as an advertising copywriter, so it’s natural that two of the main characters are ad men.
(Bustle also attempted to reach out to Rochkind for comment and will update the post if he responds.)Although Rochkind's quotes might have been taken out of context, I think it's still important to talk about the piece's underlying implication that women can't be both sexy smart — which is seriously offensive and demeaning — because unfortunately this is something that people still believe.
"Saying all hot women are incapable of intelligent conversation is like saying all blondes are dumb, etc.," Amber Soletti, dating and relationship expert and owner of On Speed Dating and Single In The City, tells Bustle.
Telling your epic tale bonds you to your fellow bad-date survivors, and somehow makes you feel less alone. We’ve teamed up with NBC's Undateable to collect some stories about terrible bad dates and the lessons we've learned from them.
When it comes to adventures in virtual dating Nic Penrake has pretty much seen it all.
Surely becoming Carrie Bradshawowitz would be a good way to never meet a man — EVER. I got movie tickets and then tried to find a man to go with me.