Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Would You Date a Fan?

In "Momma Mia," the first episode of Frasier's seventh season, Frasier picks up and later dates a children's book author. When they meet, Frasier asks her out to lunch and quotes a line from one of her books, "Well, as a wise woman once wrote, 'No cookie jar is up too high for a panda who will try and try.'" To that, the author, played by Rita Wilson, says, "Now you're scaring me." (Frasier is the last person to realize that this children's book author looks exactly like his late mother.)

I found the episode online- you can watch it here. Zip to 2:55 to see the part where Frasier uses that awkward pick-up line.

If you were single, how would you react if one of your fans approached you out in public and asked you out? Would it make a difference if the fan was extremely attractive or intelligent? What is the oddest pick-up line you've ever heard?


Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

Well, I'm married. But if I weren't: I think it's possible to get to know someone who first encounters you through your work, and a relationship naturally develops through discovering you have mutual interests. I don't think there's a basis for a relationship if the person has built up an ideal in his head, and has unrealistic expectations revolving around it.

The author Wendy McClure writes that she met her husband at an event where she read from her first book. After that, he came to one of her signings and asked her out. So apparently, it can work!

Ella said...

I remember that episode-it was weird! It has been awhile in regards to pick up lines. "If I told you I was a puppy would you take me home?"
No joke...I lived on an island in the Aleutian chain. Yeah, I think there were a lot more males than females. It was a crazy place ;D

Anonymous said...

funny question! when i was single, i was up for anything. but i also wasn't famous... there's an element there that might be slightly scary :)

Arlee Bird said...

If I were single I guess I would be flattered, but I'd want to get to know the person a little better before I made any dating moves. Pick-up lines? I don't know that I ever used any. And I can't remember any--I'm lousy at remembering quotes.

A Faraway View

T Drecker said...

If I were single and famous... maybe, but definitely only a date with friends (Double, better triple)
And for pick-up lines - "You want to come over to my place and see my Piranha?" college was rough ;)

T Drecker said...

Oh, almost forgot, I wanted to tag you for the Next Big Thing, if you're interested tdrecker (at) gmail dot com.

Cynthia Heart Books said...

Jennifer: I see what you mean...and it's nice to know an example of such an encounter that has led to an actual pairing.

Ella: I would've responded that I'm allergic to dogs.

Gina: Yeah, you wouldn't want to end up with a stalker.

Lee: I know what you mean.

Tonja: Group dates do take the pressure off. Okay, I'll send you an email to learn more what that's all about.

Laura S. said...

I guess it would depend on how sane the fan appeared! But I'm married so I don't think my husband would like that very much, lol.

I can't remember any odd pickup lines, but once a boy asked me out in the grocery store while I was in the feminine product aisle holding what I needed. I was amused but I think he was embarrassed. And I had a boyfriend already anyway so he got rejected. Poor guy!

Jennie Bennett said...

If they had a nice personality and yes, they were also attractive to me (important in any relationship) I would date them. But if they appeared to be fanatical and obsessed with me in an unhealthy way, then no. I would call security or 911 depending on where I am :)

Julie Dao said...

Haha, that episode is hilarious! Uhh, as for me, I'm not really sure. It would depend on how "fan"-like the fan is... if he enjoys my books and can have an intelligent conversation, fine. If he's creepy and has lines tattooed on his arm and named his dogs after my characters, then that's pushing it a bit. LOL

Paul R. Hewlett said...

Very funny episode! Thanks for reminding me of that one :) First of all, it would be very strange to be famous enough to have fans. Secondly, that's a great question. I think I would be okay with, but would approach it like I did everything else. Slowly & with caution. Give yourself plenty of time to see if the attraction was legit or weird. Great post & great question. Thanks!

Paul R. Hewlett

Lynn Proctor said...

i loved this shoe---hmmm oddest line---too many to remember---great post :)

Jay Noel said...

When I first started blogging, I actually had a follower that stalked me. Pretty scary stuff. I'd freak because I'm paranoid now.

M.K. Louie said...

My wife found me based on my blog articles, which revealed my personal thoughts, adventures and discoveries with faith... this was back in 2003!

When she first reached out to me, I was a bit hesitant... how many attractive women send you a note of interest from the nebulous Internet and do NOT have a secret agenda/scam? Honestly, I didn't give her my cell phone number until after our 2nd (or third?) date.

Her pick-up line was memorable: "So, do you know any good churches around here?" And yes, I introduced her to my church as our first date.

Little did I know that we would be married within 3 years. 6 years later, we have babies... twins!? Kinda surreal when I reflect on knowing my best friend for almost a decade.

Thanks for reminding me, Cynthia! I think I should dedicate a blog post about this sometime. :)

Sherry Ellis said...

It would depend. If the fan idolized me, I wouldn't be interested in that. If he was just normal, then I'd be okay with it.

Cynthia Heart Books said...

Laura: The feminine product aisle regarded as a place to meet women, who would've thought! =D

J.A.: Sounds reasonable.

Julie: Haha, that's pretty funny.

Paul: I think that one can still have fans or a fan base without being wildly famous.

Lynn: If you can think of any more lines, feel free to share them.

Jay: OMG, really? Have you thought of writing a post about that? (And this is me assuming and hoping that this individual is no longer in the picture.)

Mike: So glad your story came with a happily-ever-after and two lovely babies!

Sherry: That sounds smart.

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