Check out three websites that mock how seriously we take our love lives — and the crazy things love makes us do
When it comes to love, my glass is half full. I believe that there is a someone for everyone, that we will all find a partner who, Jerry Maguire-style, completes us. But just because I’m a romantic doesn’t mean I’m not a realist. Love can suck and relationships aren’t perfect– and it’s about time someone picked apart Hollywood’s answer to a happy ending. LoveTrekkers, meet AvailableGirl, Impersonals, and Love in the Dumps, three websites that pick apart the crazy, wild, messy thing that is love.
AvailableGirl is a little freaky and a lot psychotic. These webisodes follow Tracy, a doll with coils of black, Medusa-like hair, and her Desperado attempts to meet a man. Tracy may freak you out (just saying) and not just because she tends to go all Basic Instinct bunny boiler on the men in her life. No, this little doll may just freak you out because you’ve all been her — at least once.
Impersonals.net is both ingenious and kind of epic. When we try out online dating, we only represent the best of ourselves. We use our favorite photo (even if we’re 10 years younger and 10 pounds lighter), write witty, pithy things even if we’re basically nonverbal in public and some of us even tend to agree with the guy we’re merely writing to. So yeah, we tend to misrepresent ourselves when we hit the web looking for love. But no more. Impersonals.net has the right idea that it’s our flaws that make us interesting and created a dating site for those who are sick of the lies and find that admitting their weaknesses make them stronger. As the site says, “Because imperfection is interesting, weakness is sexy and if you can’t laugh at love, what can you laugh at?” Awesome.
Love in the Dumps was the basis for Impersonals.net, a blog that explores “the joke that is your love life.” The very first post is a wedding announcement for a ‘vampire couple’ – Count Montegue and Countess McDougal – who look nothing like the Cullen clan. You will either be laughing your ass off at the stupid things you do, or remaining eerily silent (especially if you’re the count and his wife).
Hopefully you’ll feel a bit better about your own love life after checking out these three sites. Remember, love means never having to say you’re sorry — for being yourself, flaws and all.
But just because I’m a romantic (though not a hopeless one…I prefer to think of myself as a romantic realist) doesn’t mean that the rest of you have to be. In fact, I think it’s awesome that there are cynics out there who are sick of the dating scene, the games we play and how we have all, at one time, pretended to be something we’re not to get a guy — which is why I wanted to share these three websites with you