Not Your Usual Fake Dating Prompts (2024)

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Looking for out-of-the-box fake dating prompts and story ideas? You’ve come to the right place!

Read on for fake dating story ideas like a renowned matchmaker recruiting a stranger to pose as their betrothed because their reputation is at stake due to their single status, two riyal Youtubers fake-dating for clout, and more!

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Fake Dating Prompts & Story Ideas

Delve into of the most unusual and intriguing fake dating story ideas filled with hilarious cover-ups, unexpected connections, and more!

Please note that the genders in these prompts and story ideas are just placeholders and do not mean to enforce any hurtful stereotypes nor offend anyone.

Story ideas

Explore the realm of fake dating and a world of make-believe, and get tangled in the complexities of fake relationships with these delicious fake dating story ideas!

  1. Wedding Scheme

    Two cunning individuals invite an eccentric billionaire to their fake wedding to scam a lavish gift. When the billionaire unexpectedly accepts the invitation, they must orchestrate an elaborate fake wedding for the billionaire to attend.

  2. The Switched Identities

    Two strangers with very different lives swap identities and must navigate each other’s worlds, including fake dating each other’s partners, leading to unexpected connections.

  3. The Promise

    A kind nurse, in passing, promises a terminally ill woman that she will marry the patient’s estranged son if only the woman and her son reconcile before the patient’s imminent death. To the nurse’s surprise, they really reconcile and now the woman demands to witness their wedding before she passes away.

    (Originally appeared in my post Not Your Usual Arranged Marriage Prompts 2023.)

  4. The Betrothed

    In a futuristic society, a character is given ultimatum by their estranged parents to either get married or be excluded from the family’s inheritance. To spite them, the character then builds an android to pose as their betrothed.

    (Originally appeared in my post Not Your Usual Arranged Marriage Prompts 2023.)

  5. The Matchmaker’s Reputation

    When a renowned matchmaker’s reputation is at stake because of their single status, they recruit a complete stranger to pose as their fiance/fiancee.

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  6. The Perfect Match

    In a society obsessed with perfect matches determined by compatibility algorithms, two rebels decide to disrupt the system by entering into a fake relationship.

  7. The Challenge

    A troubled therapist carelessly declares to her two clients that they are destined to never find love. The two clients, who are strangers at first, decide to fake date in order to spite the therapist.

  8. The Wedding Crashers

    Two individuals with a mutual disdain for weddings agree to fake date and crash wedding ceremonies for fun, but as they attend various celebrations, they begin to question their aversion to love and commitment.

  9. The Upgrade

    Two strangers who are about to board a plane agree to fake date on a whim upon learning that the airline gives free upgrade to couples who are on their honeymoon.

  10. The Contest

    A fortunate contest winner scores a dream vacation to Bora-Bora, but there’s a catch—they must bring along their spouse. The problem? They’re single. With the departure date looming, they embark on a quest to find a willing partner to pose as their significant other.

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  11. The Family Trip

    Two single parents with three kids each decide to pose as a family in order to enter a high-stake contest designed for big families.

  12. Clout Chasers

    Two rival Youtubers, known for their snarky and opposing views on things, agree to fake date for clout, and to boost their Youtube traffic.

Picture prompts

Here are some picture prompts, because a picture speaks a thousand words!

  1. What kind of fake dating story jumps out at you when looking at the picture prompt below?

    What about this: A matchmaking app pairs two individuals as the “perfect match,” but they are not interested in pursuing a real relationship. Instead, they decide to go on a series of fake dates to prove the app wrong, only to discover that sometimes love has its own plans.

    (Please click on the image for more information about it.)

  2. What kind of fake dating story jumps out at you when looking at the picture prompt below?

    What about this: In a case of mistaken identity, two strangers are forced to pretend to be engaged when their names get mixed up on a reservation in a busy, high-scale restaurant.

    (Please click on the image for more information about it.)

The Fake Dating Trope

Now, let’s take a closer look at the fake dating trope, which has become a beloved staple in storytelling, captivating audiences with its blend of romance, humor, and dramatic tension.

It revolves around two characters who enter into a fabricated romantic relationship for various reasons, be it to deceive others, fulfill personal agendas, or simply to explore uncharted emotional territory. As the charade unfolds, the characters navigate a web of lies, unexpected emotions, and genuine connections, leading to delightful and often unpredictable outcomes.

What makes the fake dating trope so enticing is the inherent conflict and chemistry that arises from the contrast between pretense and authenticity. As the characters navigate the charade, they find themselves embarking on a journey of self-discovery, questioning their own desires, and confronting societal expectations.

The trope allows for exploration of themes such as identity, vulnerability, and the transformative power of love. With its blend of light-hearted moments, tender exchanges, and emotional revelations, the fake dating trope provides a rich canvas for storytellers to craft engaging narratives that keep readers or viewers hooked until the very end.

Famous fake dating novels

Here are some well-known novels with fake dating as one of its beloved themes:

  1. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han: The story follows Lara Jean, who enters into a fake dating arrangement with a friend to make her crush jealous. As their relationship progresses, they discover unexpected feelings and confront the complexities of love.

  2. “The Unhoneymooners” by Christina Lauren: two people reluctantly pretend to be newlyweds on a honeymoon trip after everyone else at the wedding falls ill. Their fake relationship takes unexpected turns as they face the possibility of a genuine connection.

  3. “The Kiss Quotient” by Helen Hoang: Stella, an econometrician with Asperger’s, hires escort Michael to teach her about relationships and intimacy. As their fake dating arrangement unfolds, they discover a deeper connection that challenges their initial intentions.

  4. “The Wedding Date” by Jasmine Guillory: Drew and Alexa meet in an elevator and impulsively decide to be each other’s fake dates for a wedding weekend, during which their bond deepens and they question whether their connection can become something real.

  5. “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion: Don Tillman, a socially awkward genetics professor, creates a detailed questionnaire to find a compatible partner and meets Rosie, who does not fit his criteria and challenges his structured world.

    These books demonstrate the enduring popularity of the fake dating trope, showcasing engaging stories filled with humor, romance, and personal growth.


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