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17 Literary Pick-up Lines English Majors Will Love

You’re at the library when you spot an attractive stranger eyeing you from behind a pair of chic glasses and an alluringly large book. Probably an English major. The hot ones are always English majors. What do you say? “Are you an overdue book? Because you have fine written all over you!” 

How unsophisticated. In case your crush judges a book by its cover, you want to make the perfect first impression. And what better way to woo someone than with a pick-up line custom-tailored to the book he or she happens to be reading?

Take a page out of our book and try one of these literary one-liners.

1. You must be reading Fahrenheit 451, because you’re smokin’!


2. Charles Dickens might have given you Great Expectations, but I can meet them.

3. Why don’t we Middlemarch right out of here and go get dinner?

4. Did I just step into an E. M. Forster novel? Because any room with you in it is A Room with a View.

5. It’s no wonder Big Brother’s watching you. On a scale of 1 to 10, you’re 1984.

6. I don’t need to go In Search of Lost Time — I know it’s the time I spent before I met you.

7. Why would you Mary Shelley when you could marry me?

8. Watching you walk through those stacks is A Moveable Feast for the eyes.

9. It’s funny that you’re reading Tennessee Williams, since you’re the only 10 I see.

10. Call me Ishmael. When can I call you?

11. Hey cutie, I Sense you have a lot of Sensibility. Was that too Austen-tatious of me to point out?

12. I believe in The Importance of Being Earnest, so I’m just going to say it: I’m Wilde about you.

13. I would Thoreau-ly enjoy it if this library weren’t so Wald-en. Why don’t you get some fresh air and go out with me?

14. Hey, why don’t you let me bring you to Treasure Island?

15. I could say that I wandered lonely as a cloud before I met you, but what are these Wordsworth if you won’t go out with me? 

16. I’d Fight to go to a Club with you.

17. Wanna go find us A Room of One’s Own?

Disclaimer: Many libraries don’t permit food, so be careful about bringing in lines this cheesy and corny. But hey, at least they’re not as bad as these pick-up lines!

Katherine Varga is a Contributing Writer for Her Campus. She's currently a junior at the University of Rochester, where she is pursuing a major in English (Language, Media, and Communications) and a minor in Math. Her interests include playing the piano, practically living at the library, and telling jokes that make her friends groan. She's currently taking a class on Stephen Sondheim and loves it so much she wouldn't mind marrying it.
Quinn Cohane is the Product Manager at Her Campus. She develops new features for Her Campus's web properties, including HerCampus.com, HerCampusMedia.com, HerConference.com, and CollegeFashionWeek.com, from initial conception to final installation. She collaborates with the Client Services team to implement custom landing pages, content hubs and sponsored content for client campaigns. Quinn also works closely with the Chapter Development team, training new team members on using Her Campus's content management system and leading the onboarding of new Campus Correspondents, national writers and bloggers, and national interns. Additionally, she oversees technical support for Her Campus and the uploading of national content. Quinn first joined the Her Campus team as a remote intern in February 2010; her past roles include Production Associate, Digital Media Manager, Chapter Advisor, and Study Abroad blogger during her semester in Copenhagen, Denmark. She graduated Cum Laude from Bowdoin College in 2013 as an English major and computer science minor. A native of Scarsdale, New York, Quinn enjoys attending theater and dance performances, traveling the world, reading, the beach, and apple crumb pie. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @quinncohane.