The best of your #LiteraryLonelyHearts

Posted on 18th February 2016 by Sally Campbell
Play guess the literary lonely heart with our - and your - Lonely Hearts ads in 140 characters

It is amazing how inspiring a word limit can be – ask any writer of flash fiction. On Valentines Day, we kickstarted a little 140 character craze: #LiteraryLonelyHearts. The aim was to tweet a fictional lonely hearts ad,  as though the writer was a character from literature - your response was phenomenal.

Two of our best were:

WaterstonesVerified account ‏@Waterstones  Feb 14

Doctor seeks other for scientific endeavour in quest for ideal man. Good sewing skills & strong stomach required. #LiteraryLonelyHearts

WaterstonesVerified account ‏@Waterstones  Feb 14

Eccentric single male seeks roommate. Enjoys violin & light drug use. Medical background preferred. No dog owners. #LiteraryLonelyHearts


Here is our pick of the best Lonely Hearts ads that you created:

Sean ‏@Sean_S14  Feb 14

Old man seeks fish. Must have a deep dislike of sharks. #LiteraryLonelyHearts

Matt Dean ‏@MTDeanOfficial  Feb 14

Dark Lord seeks golden ring for power, world domination and the restoration of physical form #LiteraryLonelyHearts

Victoria Jenkins ‏@vickyjenks82  Feb 14

Factory owner seeks partner happy to share home with army of orange assistants. Lifetime supply of chocolate included #LiteraryLonelyHearts

Sarah Louise ‏@sarahlou_iorua  Feb 14

@Waterstones Mono-legged captain w/ penchant for spiky weapons seeks companion for watery voyages. Must loathe whales. #LiteraryLonelyHearts

Miss George ‏@MissGeorge_Eng  Feb 14

Short,Belgian gentleman seeks female companion who enjoys murder mystery weekends & facial hair #LiteraryLonelyHearts @Waterstones

Paul Schiernecker ‏@schierneckeretc  Feb 14

#LiteraryLonelyHearts Teen seeks anyone who isn't a goddamn phoney for existential crisis, visits to the museum but not the movies essential

Helen Sims ‏@Nelsims411  Feb 14

#LiteraryLonelyHearts I have large house, a niece to educate,&(secret) 'mad' wife in attic.If you can ignore these issues,apply within!

C M Lucas ‏@surrealCMLucas  Feb 15

Immortal boy seeks playmate to share his pixie dust with. Must be good at sowing & enjoy killing pirates. #LiteraryLonelyHearts


Thanks for getting involved - and see you next year for more imaginary literary match-making!


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