Real Valentine’s Day dates are often disappointing, which is why when the going gets tough, the tough turn to fiction for a truly satisfying, lasting relationship with someone who will never arrive 30 minutes late to a dinner reservation you made two months in advance, ahem. In any case, our quiz below will help you sort out which fictional paramour you should pick up this February 14.
1. What is your ideal Valentine’s Day date?
a) A proper meal with serious, earnest conversation.
b) Whatever you can grab at the local cantina.
c) You’re not much of a cook, it wasn’t something they taught in school. A nice restaurant with some dancing wouldn’t be too bad.
d) A big party, with drinks and appetizers passed around on trays.
e) A night on the couch, with some belly rubs.
2. How do you prefer to spend your free time?
a) Caring for your family members, or looking out for your dearest friends.
b) Usually you end up in some far flung corner of your city or town, helping a friend.
c) In the library.
d) Watching polo matches, or spending evenings with the best of society.
e) Out on a walk. With you.
3. Favorite Valentine’s Day candy?
a) You’ve haven’t much use for such trifles.
b) Nothing special, sweetheart, but you will take a drink.
c) A chocolate frog, and then you can share the card with your date.
d) A box of Conversation Hearts; they are just such a laugh at parties.
e) Anything in white chocolate, your diet can’t handle the richer stuff.
4. If offered an all expense paid vacation, where would you go?
a) A long weekend at your estate, to be near only your closest family and friends.
b) Not the desert. Or anywhere cold. Maybe not the jungle either. Somewhere out on your own seems best.
c) You would love to use the time to help others, or reading some fantastic new book.
d) Let’s go everywhere, as long as we can drive, and celebrate, and be happy.
e) The beach. No, the woods. No, a long car ride. How about the park…
5. What song best describes you?
6. Which reality show would your binge watch?
a) Again, this type of frivolousness doesn’t have a place in your life.
c) You’d prefer a book, actually. Maybe some nonfiction.
7. Perfect Romantic Movie?
a) Pride and Prejudice. Now there’s a couple that gets it right.
b) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Come for the danger, stay for the romance (and the danger).
c) Shakespeare in Love. When it comes to romance, you can’t top The Bard.
d) Titanic. It isn’t romantic if it ends happily.
e) Marley & Me. The perfect movie to cuddle up to.
Are you in love yet? Add up those answers, put on something fancy, and head out with your perfect match.
Mostly A’s: Mr. Darcy; Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
You admire those who lead a proper life, with a hint of sass of thrown in for fun. Your friends and family come first, and you hope to find the same in your true love.
Mostly B’s: Han Solo; Star Wars the Force Awakens, by Alan Dean Foster
A scruffy rogue who will constantly keep you surprised might just be your soul mate. Travel the world — or worlds — together, either running for your lives, or saving someone else’s.
Mostly C’s: Hermonie Granger; Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
You spend afternoons in the library, and evenings helping out those less fortunate. Your match always has the best intentions at heart, along with a bit of a rebellious streak.
Mostly D’s: Daisy Buchanan; The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Beautiful, frivolous, and out for a good time, Daisy Buchanan will help you see the best in life. There may be some ups and downs, but she is your shining green beacon (with a side of tragedy).
Mostly E’s: Your Dog; Dog Songs: Poems, by Mary Oliver
What else to you really need besides unconditional love, a few face licks, and a good long walk? A dog is just about the ideal companion, 365 days year.
Originally published at www.barnesandnoble.com on February 10, 2016.