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‘Gatsbying’ and other lit-based dating terms we might have made up

It seems the term ‘Gatsbying’ has entered the dating lexicon. But why stop there? Surely we can rope other literary figures into our bedroom… 



“So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight.” ― F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby.

It’s a slightly irrelevant quote, but it suitably defines the horror of the dating scene. Single people and book lovers alike, allow me to preface this with an apology, for we don’t, and can never have nice things again. It seems that those who control the dating scene have plundered the pages of Fitzgerald’s book and given birth to an entirely new term: ‘Gatsbying’.

The phrase is meant to invoke the YOLO lifestyle of protagonist Jay Gatsby, known to throw gaudy parties for the benefit of his own ego/penis.

In the dating realm, it is the act of posting a video, picture or selfie purely for a love interest to see it.

I mean, sure. Why not. It’s a great term, if one forgets that Gatsby gets shot and killed for his suspected diddling of another’s wife, but hey. Let’s ignore the source material.

Tell you what, though. Now that Jay Gatsby has drunkenly thrown open the doors, surely there’s a whole host of lit-figures that are due the same treatment.

So, if you’ll bear with me, here’s a quick list of dating terms enabled by the greats.




Inspiration: Jacob Barnes, The Sun Also Rises.



“Great Fishing”


Inspiration: Santiago, The Old Man and the Sea.





Inspiration: Gregor Samsa, The Metamorphosis.





Inspiration: Winston Smith, 1984.





Inspiration: HeathcliffWuthering Heights.



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