The Rules, which was first published in 1995, is squarely aimed at women who "want marriage as quickly as possible".
So, what are the key pieces of advice The Rules tells women to live by.
In sub-140-character-speak, The Rules say (actual quote): “Treat him a little bit like the guy you don’t care for! But for a girl, a text from a cute guy is really special, like winning the lottery.” You’ll love The Rules if you appreciate this subtle nuance of gender behavior: “Men love to buy and sell companies as well as extreme sports like mountain climbing and bungee jumping, while women love to talk about their dates and watch romantic comedies.” Related story: Dating 'Rules' get social media reboot with tips for texting, tweets Most guys I know feel the same as Alan Goldsher, who has written about relationships for MSN and Good Men Project: “I'm a pragmatic guy, and I've always thought most dating rules are absurd, so my general vibe about ‘The Rules’ is along the lines of, “Are you f***ing kidding me? As unfair and unfeminist as it sounds, a woman can do absolutely nothing to start a relationship.”True or false? For secure girls — no,” says David, a media manager in Los Angeles who preferred we didn’t use his full name.
He suggested that if a woman has enough self-confidence, she should feel comfortable initiating the contact.
”In my experience, the world is not full of sneaky leg-trippers.
“Any guy who says he doesn't want the lady to make the first move is lying.
Not so, say the authors, who go a step further and command: “Rule #5: Don’t sit or stand next to a guy first or flirt with him first.”But not all guys are pick-up artists. The book reassures: “A shy guy will pretend he likes the pretzels that she is standing next to at a party.
It advises women on how to act in order to land their man: generally acting cool and playing hard to get.
They claim the princess-to-be played her cards "perfectly".
While we don't know if Meghan actually read the book, we do know that Prince Harry proposed to Meghan after just 18 months.
If you want to meet and date more people, then dating apps are a great “arrow in your quiver,” says former Cosmopolitan editor in chief Joanna Coles. ’” Now the chief content officer at Hearst (the publisher of Cosmo), Coles is the author of a new book, “Love Rules: How to Find a Real Relationship in a Digital World.” She told Recode’s Kara Swisher that her research for the book turned up story after story of prolonged digital flirtations that ended after one in-person meeting.
But after the introduction, you need to do the rest of the work. “One of the things I heard repeatedly from men and women is that you would meet this person that you’d had this flirty [text] exchange with, that you thought you knew,” Coles said.
Essentially woman are told to be "easy to be with but hard to get".