In an article that’s gone viral for its numbing awfulness, the New York Post has achieved something extraordinary: profiling a dreadful man and somehow managing to include lots of other dreadful people as well!
When it came to dating in New York as a 30-something executive in private equity, Dan Rochkind had no problem snagging the city’s most beautiful women.
“I could have [anyone] I wanted,” says Rochkind, now 40 and an Upper East Sider with a muscular build and a full head of hair. “I met some nice people, but realistically I went for the hottest girl you could find.”
We read the article and thought, “Hahaha, it is a real-life Alistair!” Alistair is the awful snob Cate is dating at the start of The Hot Guy, who dumps her for making a YOLO joke.
We live in beard-centric times. Even Victoria Police is getting some pushback on its longstanding policy that all officers must be clean-shaven. In The Hot Guy, Adam grows a Beard of Sorrow, hoping to make himself less attractive, but to his dismay, it only makes him hotter.
Anthony has a tradition of growing a beard every summer and then shaving it off again, despite all his friends saying he looks great with a beard. Mel even started a blog to memorialise his lost beards.
But this year, Anthony has not shaved off the beard! He still has it right now! We decided to sit down for a chat about beards in movies and TV, and whether they’re hot or not…
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY. We just stumbled across this BuzzFeed video about different ideals of hotness in different countries. (It also claims our homegrown Hemsworths are considered among the world’s hottest guys.)
In The Hot Guy we deliberately don’t describe our protagonist Adam, so you can imagine he looks like whatever you consider hot. Which of these hilarious models is your favourite?
Some exciting news: AusRom Today, the site that celebrates Australian romance fiction, has nominated The Hot Guy as one of its ‘must-read’ books of 2017!
We are so pleased to be in such romantic company on this excellent list. The Hot Guy is out in May, which is coming up pretty fast…
More hotness in the news!
Salon has just published a story on ‘closing the orgasm gap’. Gird yourself for this shocking revelation: a new study in the journal Evolutionary Psychology has shown that women, astonishingly, don’t have to be in love with someone to get their rocks off.
Here’s some more hotness in the news! We spotted this cotton tale on Victoria Police social media:
Constable Stewart hopped to the rescue for an unlikely victim in Derrimut yesterday.
The black and white bun was being chased by a felon of the feline kind when Const Stewart stepped in and scooped him up.
After a quick visit to the local vet, the rabbit was given the all-clear.
However, at least half the Facebook comments are from thirsty women who’d like Constable Stewart to cradle their buns. Click through to see if you agree!
In our ongoing series examining romantic comedy tropes, this time we take a look that the ways in which romcoms ramp up the tension by inventing reasons to keep the hero and heroine apart…
There’s a scene in The Hot Guy in which our heroine Cate is angsting over her career, and her friends Kirsty and Vanessa offer lots of not-very-helpful advice.
“I need a fresh start,” Cate said, fidgeting with the kite in her hands.
“Well, what sort of job do you want?” said Vanessa.
“Maybe,” said Kirsty, “you could have your own internet startup!”
“What would I be starting up?” said Cate.
“It doesn’t even matter!” Kirsty said, tugging on her left set of strings to bring her kite around in an arc. “That’s the beauty of internet startups. Just start a website of some sort. An app… or a bot… maybe a crap butt… crap-bot app… butt? I know! It could be called Crappr! And it could tell you when you have to go to the toilet.”
“I think my body already does that,” said Cate.
“It’s a standard feature among humans,” said Vanessa.
“My body tells me when I’m hungry, but there are still heaps of apps about restaurants,” Kirsty said defensively.
“Maybe it’s a social network where people share their poos,” said Vanessa. “Some people love talking about that shit.”
“Um, how did we get here?” Cate said. “I’m not working on a butt app.”
Perhaps Kirsty was onto something after all, because today we learned about D Free, a Japanese wearable tech device that uses ultrasound to monitor bowel movements, and sends you a text message warning that you’re about to shit your pants.
We are shaking our heads that a stupid joke from our novel is actually a real thing. Read More
Another conversation in which Mel and Anthony discuss some of our favourite romcom tropes…
We go to a lot of media screenings at Cinema Nova in Carlton, and once I (Mel) was incredibly excited to see that one of the ushers there was hot! It was just like our novel, in which the Hot Guy works part-time at a cinema.
I told Anthony, “It’s like we have conjured the Hot Guy into real life with our imaginations!” and he just looked at me pityingly.