Title: Modern Romance
Author: Aziz Ansari
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Print length: 288 pages
A comedian just wrote a very good sociological book about the modern romance and it was brilliant and hilarious (hey, it’s even appropriately titled Modern Romance).Who’d have thunk it? On the surface, it seems like an odd pairing for Aziz Ansari, a popular comedian, to have paired up with Eric Klinenberg, a sociologist, in order to write a book about how the modern romance is working out for all of us, but it was so enjoyable. Modern Romance is probably one of the few times you’ll ever get to read a book that is so well researched, is up to a sociological standard AND is actually humourous and enjoyable for the general public (not wonder it is so popular-looking on the Internet). I studied sociology in university and most of the sociological books I read were bone dry (very factual, but bone dry), while I didn’t mind cause like sociology and academia, it’s not exactly a path to engaging the general public. It’s refreshing to read a book that was funny and sociological. Verdict: Thank goodness for Aziz and Eric’s genius book idea!
The modern reality of navigating romance and sex and meeting people might seem obvious to us, but is it really? It’s so dang complicated… How is the best way to meet people? How do you talk to someone on online dating — “hi how are you?” = too boring but what is better? Yep, Aziz will tell you that.
Aziz and Eric travelled all over the USA, as well as travelling to Paris (France), Tokyo (Japan), and Buenos Aires (Argentina) to interview people, conduct focus groups, and questionnaires. They also used things like subreddits to discuss more personal details (e.g. cheating) and did phone interviews. It took over a year.
It’s kind of cool because it breaks down how people fall in love, how people navigate online dating, how women find success vs. men, how peoples expectations in life influence their dating choices, how technology influences dating choices, infidelity, and so on. It’s actually fantastic because it paints such a clear picture of the diverse experiences of the “modern romance” and how these diverse experiences have a few things in common.
I really got into reading Modern Romance and would gladly love to tell everyone else about how brilliant it would be if they also read it (it’s so worth your time)!!!