For some reason, as soon as I pulled up this story, I went and read four or five of her other pieces, first. Then came back to this one. In all of them, she has a knack for encapsulating our unspoken/unconscious fears and concerns very concisely. I say our because I'm in my late 20s, currently have a girlfriend, and am thinking a lot about what makes a "match" or what it takes to feel like "my time has come" as she said. And she indirectly speaks directly about these same thoughts. In all of her stories online, she's highlighting realities that I and people I know try to express. I loved this story and her other writings.
Yes, I agree there is a depressing, sadness to this read. I have never heard the term BLOT before, but I get it. I suppose it is the result of the electronic dating world.
Well....I read the comments before I read the article so I was poised not to like it. But I kind of did like it., it did ramble on but I liked the science fiction aspect of it and the feelings that the protagonist felt. You could feel her sorrow and frustration and her resignation of maybe never finding a mate. And that’s what stories do. They take us out of ourselves to another place. So overall I would recommend it
I was aware of time while reading this, which is never a good sign - even checked to see how long it was. I have read other similar stories about dating/relationships in this current era, which is so different from the one I grew up in - 60’s and 70’s. From my experience, a relationship grew out of friendship. So it was usually casual, of a longer duration and organic in the way it grew into something more. For me, this story seemed sad and uninteresting.
Ugh. I agree. And I’m bummed because I was so psyched on the premise. I was expecting something wild and fun, not just a long, slow meditation on the horror of modern life and dating, which isn’t remotely as bad as the author describes. Then again, it’s fiction. But I like my fiction not to be just straight up depressing.
Lots to think about though, that’s for sure. I’m curious if this will stick in my head or if I’ll just completely forget it.