I’m actually laughing slightly to myself as I’m unsure on how I can word this to make it sound slightly better… This isn’t clickbait, I got banned from the widely recognised dating app ‘Tinder’. Twice.
Tinder, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry! I asked if you wanted to see this and there was an almost unanimous ‘YES’ on my Twitter post so here we go, enjoy!
Before you start thinking “What did you send to be banned?” or “Uh-oh doing something dodgy were we?”, I genuinely wasn’t! I found it all highly amusing but apparently Tinder didn’t quite take to my profiles…
We’ll backtrack a little, in my second year of university I studied a ’21st Century English and Digital Writing’ module and our first assignment was to bring ‘Pride and Prejudice’ into the digital age! I can basically hear you book lovers shaking in excitement!
So, I made Tinder profiles for the main characters in Pride and Prejudice and it was THE BEST ASSIGNMENT EVER! So much so the entire class thought we’d done the assignment wrong as it was so much fun to do.
‘Pride and Prejudice Project: Who did they match with and is that Mr Bennet?’
A Tinder novice:
Now, I had no idea how Tinder worked before creating these profiles so had to google and stalk through my friends account to get my bearings. I did ensure no one could match with me but maybe I should have left it so people could and they’d end up wondering whether they really did match with ‘Mr Darcy’ last night!
My targets, sorry, characters I used were Mr Darcy (duh), Mr Collins, Miss Elizabeth Bennet, Mr Bingley, Miss Mary Bennet (a surprise one but one of my favourites), Miss Jane Bennet and finally Mr Bennet (the naughty devil)!
The Anthems for each character used are:
Darcy: ‘Symphony No.40 in G Minor, K.550 – Mozart.’
Elizabeth: ‘Respect – Aretha Franklin.’
Collins: ‘Take A Chance On Me – ABBA’.
Bingley: ‘Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen.’
Jane: ‘I Feel Pretty – Julie Andrews.’
Mr Bennet: ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – The Righteous Brothers.’
Completing the assignment:
To do the assignment properly all characters had a Tinder bio, their jobs stated, a stunning ‘candid’ photograph and of course, an anthem. The final step was for me to recreate messages between the characters as if they had had Tinder many moons ago and playing on their character relationships throughout the novel. Let me tell you now, Mr Bennet is in an awful lot of trouble and I think Mr Collins may be banned VERY quickly!
Have a read of some of the conversations below, these are three of my favourites!
If you’ve ever read Pride and Prejudice you’ll know that Mary is interested in anything BUT finding an eligible suitor so her Tinder messages show the same:
Poor Mr Collins, he tried and tried with Elizabeth but she was, of course, having none of it!
Finally, we couldn’t have a ‘Pride and Prejudice’ post without showing the classic relationship between Elizabeth and Mr Darcy. Mr Darcy didn’t want to message straight away and even when she did it was an uncomfortable exchange.
So, that is the story. Half way through making the 7 accounts Tinder stopped working and I received an email. It was entitled ‘Your account has been deleted – Tinder’. I violated their terms of service and they deleted my account. Oops!
I thought and spoke a multitude of naughty words, very un-Elizabeth like and panicked slightly. However, I quickly came to the solution that, ‘Wait, my boyfriend doesn’t need Tinder?’ as a result I borrowed his phone. I finished off the accounts and wiped the beads of sweat from my forehead, oh so triumphantly. Then I received another email – ‘Your account has been banned for violating our terms of service.’
“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” – Pride and Prejudice.
Tinder, if you’re reading this, from the bottom of my heart I am deeply sorry for any hurt I have caused. I can’t apologise enough for my deception, I hope one day that we can learn to love another once more.
They say there’s a silver lining in everything as I was awarded a first for this assignment! Tinder, if, in the future, I do end up needing your service I promise. I can’t do a scouts honour as truth be told I finished that journey at Rainbows. I will NEVER make a ‘Pride and Prejudice’ profile again.
Oh, to everyone else, don’t be a Mr Bennet!
(All work published is owned by myself. This work was published for my ’21st Century English and Digital Writing’ on 12th March 2018.)
(Information for character bio’s taken from the film and book, Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ed. by Vivian Jones, (London, Penguin Classics, 1996). pp.5-367.)
(All character pictures have been taken from the 2005, Pride and Prejudice film. Pride and Prejudice (DVD), dir. by Joe Wright, (Universal, 2005))