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Wood Nymph Seeks Centaur: A Mythological Dating Guide Hardcover – September 29, 2009
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About the Author
Francesca Lia Block is a bestselling author of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for all ages―from the groundbreaking Weetzie Bat young adult series to a collection of magic-realist erotica. Her numerous awards include the Margaret A. Edwards lifetime achievement award, and her work has been published around the world. Born in Los Angeles, she lives there still with her two children.
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the thing that bothered me most was how many descriptions of types, especially men, who seem un-dateable for most people, where the author basically says they may grow as a person later. i'm not talking "you and this person probably won't work out because you're so different." i'm talking "this male-type is pretty much only capable of hurting women until he matures and becomes a different type." while i do know some people who're like that, my experience has always been that they're not a majority.
it also bugs me how sex-negative this book comes off, which is weird, because most of block's work doesn't read that way. most of the male types either seem to read "bad in bed, but really nice" or "good in bed, likes sex, is a jerk." maybe i'm naive, but i've always believed that, while there are jerks out there who're good at sex because they practice, people who genuinely want to make the people they love happy and enjoy being with them are better in bed... because they listen to what you like. because they'll be happy to kiss you for hours. so that just bothered me.
i wouldn't say it's a waste of money, but i was really looking forward to a dating book by the person who writes the most wonderful love stories i've ever read, and this kind of fell flat for me.
The most obvious thing about it that I didn't care for was the lack of relevance to actual people I know. The types seemed so odd to me--when you have twelve types for men and twelve types for women, and specify that some people's type won't match their gender, I expected to see a pretty good variety in the personality paint swatches. Instead, so many of them were modified versions of each other, with the criteria for their difference from each other being based on something somewhat insignificant like physical activity or even physical appearance. It would have been helpful for the exercise of finding one's "type" if a definitive characteristic or set of characteristics had been presented for each type. Instead, they seemed convoluted and so fixated on appearance that it was off-putting. The descriptions are inundated with specific references like what music the types like (she names bands/artists!), what clothing designers they like (nearly every one of my friends pretty much says "huh?"), and what books they read or movies/directors they like. I took the abbreviated descriptions and showed them to my friends on Facebook, and asked them to tell me what they thought they were. Not a single one was able to find a type that suited them, and most of them side-eyed the entire thing and said "Does anyone actually know people like this?" It's pretty clear that either Ms.Read more ›
Not only do I think this book will help my writing (it is so imaginative and I think that the "types" will help me to round out my characters,) but I think I discovered why I crave attention so much. My mother is clearly a Banshee, and yes, her marriage to my "Hob" father is definitely a strange match! Block hits it on the nose every time. I completely recommend this book!
Another plus: the awesomely beautiful illustrations by Fumi Nakamura!
Of course, personality typing is not a science, and Francesca does not pretend that this system is. However, she does base her research for the "match-making" part of the book on her friends' relationships and her own past experiences with dating different "creatures." Not perfect, but not without some merit.
If you're a fan of either personality typing or of Block's other works (or in my case, both), you should definitely check out this book. This is a unique take on match-making that also includes same-sex couples and allows for fluidity between the genders as well. This inclusiveness is a welcome touch to a very intriguing book. You'll start finding Woodsmen, Pixies, Garden Elves, and other "creatures" all around you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Helps you understand yourself , those you have dated, & even suggests a good match for you.
I read it at library & decided it was a MUST-HAVE to help me find that... Read more
A fun, charming book that serves its purpose. Although the archetypes aren't very accessible, it's still fun to think about what creature you would be, or what creature people you... Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by gwyndolin
Of course, Block is an exceptional writer and her books are usually quite engaging! This is a fun, interesting way to look at relationships and it has been a nice addition to our... Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by RW
This was so much fun to read and I find myself asking everyone I know to read the descriptions and find out what "creature" they are so that I can have people to talk about it... Read morePublished on April 27, 2011 by LIS
A playfully quick read that is as clever and witty as can be for a piece that generalizes and categorizes personalities types as good as some horoscope book. Read morePublished on December 27, 2010 by Lancetope
The dating forest can seem at times a magical place filled with happiness and love, and at other times a place to be feared, where hearts are stolen or left broken. Read morePublished on October 30, 2010 by Larissa