Movies and books: date ideas

February 3, 2013 — by Carolyn Sun

Having trouble coming up with an idea for the perfect date? Scenes from romance movies or books could be a source of inspiration for fresh ideas.

Having trouble coming up with an idea for the perfect date? Scenes from romance movies or books could be a source of inspiration for fresh ideas.

A walk and dance

Sophomore Nadia Younes suggested a “really cute” scene from “The Notebook,” a movie centering around a poor man and a wealthy woman struggling to overcome social differences, in which the couple walk through town and then begin to slow dance in the street.

“I think it’s something that pretty much every girl would love because it’s super sweet and adorable,” Younes said.

Revisiting meaningful places

A date based on a scene in “The Vow,” a film about a man who has to win his wife’s heart back after she suffers from severe memory loss, would be an “amazing date idea,” sophomore Lucille Cao said. In the movie, the couple revisits places they visited at the beginning of their relationship.

“It would be sweet to spend time together somewhere that had a special meaning, like the first date or a significant place that contains a special memory,” Cao said. Couples could spend quality time together, while making more good memories.

A picnic in the meadow

A simple but romantic picnic could also make for an ideal date. In the “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” a romantic novel about a man who has a genetic disorder that causes him to travel through time involuntarily, the protagonist and his wife have a picnic at a meadow for their first date, which is “charming,” said sophomore Riddhi Sangam.

“I love that scene because it’s really romantic and because it set the stage of their atypical dating life,” sophomore Riddhi Sangam said. “[It] could work in real life because it would be different from the stereotypical plan for a first date.”

A picnic and movies

“Pitch Perfect,” a musical comedy film that follows a college freshman who joins an all-female a capella group, provides a picnic date idea as well.

“A good scene is when Jesse shocks Beca by bringing a picnic and movies to her,” Oliveri said. “I think a good idea for a date is if a boy surprises you by bringing the best classic movies to watch with you. And, of course, brings food, too.”

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