The team behind the soon-to-be-released thriller Gone Girl has thought beyond the box and onto the Pinterest boards. What makes the Gone Girl Pinterest idea so interesting and exciting is the finiteness of it all. The character who is said to have created the boards is Amy Dunne and you see, Amy Dunne is missing. Or is she? Several pins within the account have snippets of Amy’s diary. What is Amy trying to tell us about her husband on Pinterest?
I dig the idea of using Pinterest as a creative tool. Usually it’s nothing more than a tool for collecting ideas for my son’s birthday party. I like to Pin interesting art and fashion I will never be thin enough to wear. It has an element of fantasy. I suppose it’s fantasy for many people as most of the Pins I see from my friends are allocated to boards for “dream kitchens” or living spaces out of reach.
If Pinterest is the place where we curate our wish lists, then why shouldn’t I have boards for my ideal husband? Remember the scene from Practical Magic when young Sally Owens created her true love spell?
“He will hear my call a mile away. He will whistle my favorite song. He can ride a pony backwards. He can flip pancakes in the air. He’ll be marvelously kind. And his favorite shape will be a star. And he’ll have one green eye and one blue.”
Sally’s plan was to imagine a man who would never exist so she would never fall in love.
I haven’t branched into the world of online dating yet, but I imagine it is inevitable. I’ve heard horror stories about filling out the profiles. It would be so much easier if we could all just create dream boards for our ideal mates and then our friends would know, conceptually, a better idea of type.
Last year Mashable shared the story of four couples who met online through social media. These couples met through Tumblr, Twitter, Flickr, and Instagram. Oh hey! Look what platform happens to be missing from that lineup — Pinterest! Why shouldn’t I be the first gal to find a husband on Pinterest?
It won’t happen if I don’t get to Pinning! I started by setting up five new boards on my account: the husband boards. I imagine other single ladies (or gents) might feel the need to be more specific, but 5 felt like a chill number to start with. When I think about how detail-oriented some Pinterest boards are for aspects of people’s homes (doorknobs! window panes! built-ins!) I chuckle pondering how that level of detail could be applied to the quest for an ideal mate.
More important than physical features is personality. I filled my board with funny and clever people like Simon Pegg, Eddie Izzard, and Chris Rock. It was also important to have creative types like Bowie and Gene Kelly. Make me laugh, make me fall down with laughter, and then let’s laugh some more.
I haven’t watched The Bachelor or Bachelorette in a while, but isn’t destination dating a thing now? This board is more suggestive than anything else. Of course I would love to go on a wine tasting walk in Carmel, but I’d settle for the Philly version of that as well. On my fantasy board, dream dates also look like simply having coffee or reading books together.
I don’t expect my guy to love and adore plaid as much as I do, but maybe he’s obsessed with collecting bow ties or is a film buff. Thinking about what kind of accessories a dream husband might wear and enjoy was more fun than I thought it would be. What kind of man opts for a beautiful pocket comb or treasures an antique banjo? I’d like to meet him.
Obviously this is the board that dabbles dangerously into the hot lunch category. There are some very fantastic clothes available to men and gazing at them online as a single woman felt a bit like being a vegetarian and enjoying the smell of bacon. That being said, it didn’t stop me from honing in on some stunning tartan trousers, leather jackets, and rugged sweaters.
Now comes the part where I pretend I have actually left the house and am in a social setting where single men might speak to me. At some point the conversation meanders to the occupation question. I won’t deny that my heart would flutter a bit if I found out I was speaking to an architect, a bookstore owner, a chef, or a researcher on the quest to find a cure for Alzheimer’s.
Now that I’ve created the boards, I honestly don’t know what the next step is as it is a pretty one-sided operation. Do I start sharing the boards or urge my friends to share them with the question, “Does this seem like you or anyone you know?” Perhaps I should get in touch with the marketers behind Gone Girl and see if they have any ideas. After all it was their Hollywood campaign that inspired me to look for a husband on Pinterest. If I met someone it would make for a pretty sweet movie idea …