Harry Potter or Fifty Shades: What do your book choices say about you?
With rockstar looks, bold ideas, and business savvy, there are plenty of reasons one could describe Richard Branson as ‘attractive’.
But today, even reading about the Virgin CEO can push up your sex appeal.
We know (mostly from our train commutes) that the humble book has the power to attract or repel – and the same it seems goes for online dating.
British men who say in their profiles that they read books by Richard Branson receive 74% more communication from women, dating goliath eHarmony reveals today.
Women can also benefit from the serial entrepreneur, with Branson books pushing interest in them up by 19%.
Sadly, not all authors have this positive impact. Top writers including Stephen Fry, James Patterson and the late Terry Pratchett appear to turn off would-be lovers.
|Author||Difference in number of messages received from women||Author||Difference in number of messages received from men|
|Richard Branson||74%||Richard Branson||19%|
|John Grisham||29%||Stephen Fry||-1%|
|Dan Brown||28%||Dan Brown||-3%|
|Lee Child||23%||Terry Pratchett||-9%|
|Dean Koontz||-10%||Dean Koontz||-17%|
|Stephen Fry||-11%||John Grisham||-20%|
|James Patterson||-14%||James Patterson||-21%|
|Stephen King||-26%||Lee Child||-24%|
|Terry Pratchett||-39%||Agatha Christie||-29%|
|Clive Cussler||-42%||Danielle Steel||-56%|
It’s not just namedropping that has a knock-on effect on your chances of finding ‘the one’. Specific book titles can also help to put people in the mood.
Women are most piqued by men who read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Male Harry Potter fans however, are better keeping their love of Hogwarts to themselves.
Men most prefer women who mentioned The Hunger Games, while passion killers include the Bible and (ironically) the kinky novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.
|Book||Difference in number of messages received from women||Book||Difference in number of messages received from men|
|The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||36%||The Hunger Games||44%|
|1984||21%||The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||31%|
|World War II||16%||A Game of Thrones||30%|
|The Da Vinci Code||5%||To Kill a Mockingbird||21%|
|The Hobbit||-15%||Pride and Preudice||18%|
|A Game of Thrones||-19%||Harry Potter series||16%|
|The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes||-22%||Lord of the Rings series||10%|
|Lord of the Rings series||-24%||Twilight||-6%|
|The Bible||-37%||Fifty Shades of Grey||-16%|
|Harry Potter series||-55%||The Bible||-63%|
While the new data from eHarmony will give heterosexual daters food for thought, we were sad to see no feedback on how reading shapes the LGBT community.
It is however – in an age where fake news and social media dominates – reassuring to see that lots of people, regardless of who they love, still love a good book: simply listing ‘reading’ as an interest sees both men and women receive more messages over all.
Time to rethink what book you carry on the tube?
Kitty Knowles is a Senior Features Writer at The Memo. Kitty previously worked as an online journalist for GQ. She can be found tweeting @KittyGKnowles.