Hey there! I hope you’re feeling loved up, because this week’s book is all about romance, and was suggested by Jess over at Je Suis Jessica!
I’m now regretting not reading this book for Valentine’s Day next year…
Written by one of my favourite comedians ever, this week I read…
Modern RomanceAziz Ansari
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A word of warning before you head out and buy this book: don’t go getting it thinking it’s an autobiography, like I did. Be smart and read the blurb on the back. This book is certainly not an autobiography – in actual fact, it’s a huge research project about romance in the modern age, and how it’s adapted to things like technology and social trends. This is all damn interesting.
The first thing you’ll notice about this book is while it’s choc-a-block full of information, facts, and figures, it’s also really funny. There’s no denying that Aziz Ansari is a comedic genius, and his hilarious commentary is plentiful the whole way through the book. Amongst pie charts and bar graphs, we are privy to his dating fails and triumphs, his online Christmas ornament shopping and his incredibly in-depth research in to eateries.
One of the most prominent topics addressed in Modern Romance is the role technology plays in modern relationships. I found this topic particularly interesting, especially when it was applied not only to ease of communication, but also the vast amount of choice we have when it comes to choosing a potential partner. As it turns out, this is often detrimental to our quality of relationships because while we are with someone, we are constantly worried whether the situation we are in is good enough. We spend so long in search of the perfect partner, that when we seemingly find them, we doubt ourselves. Aziz explains this all much more eloquently, and much more in-depth, but it’s certainly something to think about.
Coming from a family where his parents had an arranged marriage, Aziz’s musings about choice when it comes to relationships is interesting. With programs like the swiping app, Tinder, moving from potential partner to potential partner is commonplace. In fact, one of the things that shocked me the most in this book was the response by one lady when asked about swiping apps – in a taxi on the way to meet up with a guy, she was on Tinder checking out other people in case this date was a bust. So many people in the modern age are so overwhelmed with choice and availability that we often don’t even focus on building one relationship at a time.
If you’re in to Aziz Ansari, technology, buttloads of information, and a healthy dose of lovin’, this book is definitely for you. Yes, there’s a whole bunch of heavy stats, but all that info is broken up by some super funny commentary, and take it from me – the info is incredibly interesting and eye opening. I think it’ll really change the way you see romance in the modern age.
You can pick up a copy of Modern Romance on Book Depository here with free shipping worldwide – I really think you’ll love it! If you read it, make sure to let me know what you think in the comments below. Make sure to check out the lovely Jess’ blog over at Je Suis Jessica!
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