Romantic Real Life Date Ideas Inspired by Authors

When you’re in a relationship, it’s important to keep things fresh. Doing the same thing day in and day out makes for an excellent routine, but a very boring life and relationship. Sometimes, however, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. So if you’re dying for something new to do on a date, take inspiration from these authors and add some flair to your life and relationship.

If you’re the adventurous type, why not give camping a try. Just you and your partner, out in solitude amidst the serenity of nature. A date without the distractions of cell phones and computers might give you two a chance to truly connect with each other. This is how the two main characters in Annie Proulx’s novel Close Range spend time together.

If camping’s not for you, but you still want to do something adventurous then try doing something spontaneous. Go to the next state over and see what there is to find. That’s what Amy and Nick from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn do. A bit of spontaneity never hurt anyone, and it may make your relationship feel fresh and new.


If your relationship is still relatively new, then you and your significant other will benefit from getting to know each other better. This is where a hobby date comes in. Spend some time sharing in each other’s hobbies. Spend the day painting, making music, or cooking, whatever your hobbies might be. Take inspiration from The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy where Sally Jay allows Jim Breit to paint her in a gown. You can even take a class and learn something new together.

Many cities schedule and organize cultural events throughout the year. These festivals provide the perfect background for a date. Enjoy live music and good food while exploring your city and seeing what it has to offer just like the characters in Kristopher Jansma’s book The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards.

If your looking for something a bit quiet and reserved, a chance to take a moment out of your busy life to talk with your partner, and have always been a fan of tea then follow the example of the British and break for midday tea. This is the date that Harry Potter and Cho Chang go on a date in fifth Harry Potter book. If you and your partner are more social types then why not follow F. Scott Fitzgerald and his book The Great Gatsby and throw a tea party? After all, a date doesn’t always have to be just you and your significant other.

Sometimes just being together is enough for a date. Like Toby and Shelby from John Brandon’s Citrus County, you can go on an errand date. The grocery store, the library, these are nice places to just be around each other without the stress of a traditional date might have.

If you’re a couch potato, you can follow the example of Holly and Christian from Instant Love by Jami Attenberg. Go out for some fast food, go home, and eat while watching TV or a movie. This low-stress date is perfect when you and your partner and low on money, energy, or both.


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