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Literature / How To Talk To Girls At Parties

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How to Talk to Girls at Parties is a short story by Neil Gaiman. It was adapted in a film in 2017 starring Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp and Nicole Kidman.

Vic takes his best friend Enn to a party, in the hope that they can both snog girls. Enn demurs because he doesn't know how to talk to them. Things take a turn for the weird, however, when they realize they're at the wrong party. Enn talks to girls and realizes they're tourists from other planets.

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  • Ambiguous Situation: It's unclear if Vic went too far with Stella, or she went too far for his liking and he ran for it. Enn when he tries to ask nearly gets punched.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Enn finally gets his first kiss that isn't with his sisters' friends, but he'll never see Triolet or the other girls again. Also, Stella does something to Vic that makes him leave in tears.
  • First Kiss: Enn has kissed girls, but they tend to be his
  • Rule of Three: Enn talks to three girls at the party. He only kisses Triolet after she recites part of her poem to him.
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