If there are two things bookworms are great at collecting, they are (1) books, and (2) stereotypes.
Obviously we’ve all got the first one down and don’t need any lessons. (And if you’re not a tremendous book hoarder yet, don’t worry. Your time will come to rise in dark glory.)
But the stereotypes. OH THE STEREOTYPES. We bookworms get so many. I think a lot of them are self inflicted because a lot of us do tend to fit the moulds. Like the nerd in movies is always wearing glasses and using big words and well…I know bookworms like that, so the stereotypes rarely pop out of the ground like half baked lamingtons. * We started it and they are often true. Sheesh.
* If you don’t know what a lamington is, first of all: YOU LIFE FAILURE. And secondly, it’s an Australian delicacy of cake dipped in chocolate dipped in shredded coconut and it’s what we eat to repel the bunyips, usually in the dead of night, while the tea in the billy whistles against the gum trees. With the leftovers, we often smear them on our skin as protection against the raging sun.
But how many bookworm stereotypes do we truly fit?! Because I absolutely fail at most of them. But at least I fail majestically and with flying colours so that counts for something, thanks.
Today I want to list some common bookworm stereotypes and see if I fit them or not!
This will be totally enlightening as to whether I’m a walking cliche or not. And I just want to also point out that ALL bookworms are perfect the way they are. Unless you use books as a plate for your tuna and egg salad sandwich and then no. We shan’t be friends. Go back to the dark hole you crawled out of, you criminal.
1. BOOKWORMS WEAR GLASSES.
If you see a bookworm in a film there is like a 98% chance they’ll be wearing glasses. Glasses are an age-old indicator of INTELLIGENCE so this makes perfect sense. Bookworms are clearly intelligent. We absolutely do not say “Oh wow a book sale I should buy five books to save money even though I’m actually spending twice as much as I intended!” so that makes us Super Smart™.
Also apparently reading ruins your eyes, so glasses = battle scars.
For me? Nope I don’t wear glasses!! Despite my childhood consisting of my mum walking into my room and saying, “IT’S SO DARK IN HERE WHY DON’T YOU HAVE YOUR LIGHT ON YOU’LL RUIN YOUR EYES.” Ha! Apparently I have super eyeballs or else my comeuppance is still coming.
2. BOOKWORMS DRINK TEA AND WHILE READING.
You know all those “time to cosy up with a book and a cute of tea” slogans that are, you know, everywhere? Hmm, it’s a huge stereotype. If I had a dollar for every time I heard bookworms like “reading + drinking tea” I would be able to afford to be Caesar in Rome in 44 BC and have someone feed me grapes while I languidly reclined on a purple couch and dictate scrolls. Time travel is expensive ok.
Hmm, false. For me: very false. I don’t even like tea unless it’s chai and I’ve made it myself. I do like hot chocolates but I don’t drink + read because who has the coordination for that?!
I don’t even drink coffee either!! I’m actually taking “epic fail” to a whole new level when coffee makes me sleepy instead of hyper. What is this.
3. BOOKWORMS THINK ABOUT WHAT THEY READ AND GET VERY SMART.
I do like this stereotype and it fits with the whole glasses thing some of us have going on. Books = knowledge = you must be smart to consume them!! ABSOLUTELY MAKES SENSE.
I’m going to be wild and claim true AND false for this. I definitely think a lot and books have encouraged me to think about human rights, morally grey questions, and also cake. But I also am 500% okay to read a book and not think too much about it. My brain gets very exhausted and no I don’t analyse everything I read. I actually loathed analysing things for school. If I have to pick apart an author’s intent…nope.
So super smart analytical bookworm?! SOMETIMES. But not always.
4. BOOKWORMS HOARD BOOKS.
I think it’s very unlikely to meet a bookworm who doesn’t, at least, own a few
hundred books. I mean, a lot of us CAN’T buy a ton of books for various reasons…and hey surprisingly I’m not a huge book buyer myself since I get the majority from library book sales, from publishers, as ARCs, or I scoop them out of the goblin’s gutter and run away screaming. But still I hoard. OH do I hoard.
Yes I am one heck of a book hoarder. Like I said above, I don’t necessarily buy a lot of books, but I somehow still manage to acquire a sheer bucket ton of them and they pile up into my room until I nearly die. When I moved house in June last year, I counted that I had 600. Which is a lot but it’s better than my childhood where I collected grocery magazines, ice cream sticks, sequins, and rocks.
Collecting books is way way more useful.
5. BOOKWORMS HAVE NO OTHER HOBBIES OR A LIFE, JUST BOOKS.
Because free time is scarce so obviously we put it towards books right?
Oh haha … hahaha…um, yes this is true for me. Very true. Sometimes I pretend I have hobbies outside of reading like, for instance, origami! And then I realise I’m doing origami and listening to an audiobook. So the stereotype here is strong. Even my life career is being an author, which is: books. I literally can’t do anything apart from them.
And yes, people have tried to convince me there are other things in the big wide world out there. But do you KNOW WHAT’S OUTSIDE? Snakes. And crowds of people. And nature. And death.
6. BOOKWORMS WANT TO BE WRITERS.
This didn’t occur to me until a few years into blogging that this even IS a stereotype. But it is! I see a lot of bookworms eating frustration while they say “No!! I don’t want to be a writer I just like books!” So while I think it’s a logical conclusion, it’s obviously a stereotypical assumption.
Well obviously it’s true for me. Did I mention I have a BOOK COMING OUT 7TH OF JUNE?! I MENTION IT OCCASIONALLY HA HA HAH. Like every day mostly. I am a true cliche and rumour also has it that I’m just a book on legs.
7. BOOKWORMS PREFER PHYSICAL BOOKS TO EBOOKS.
There’s so much righteous purist yelling over this one which is, quite frankly, absurd. Books are books, no matter the format or how you get them into your brain! Which is why if you eat a piece of paper it is 100% still reading.
I’ll actually cheat again and say yes and no?! Because I will always always choose a physical book because I love holding them, smelling them, photographing them, using them to stand on and be normal heigh because I’m only 5’1. BUT. eBooks are so frikkin’ useful I couldn’t be without mine. Like just now I was holding my 3 week old nephew (who is adorable by the way) and it’s way easier to read from my ipod while he sleeps cutely on me than wrangle a paperback. Also ebooks are easier to hold when you’re tired. Or travelling. And ebooks are cheaper.
8. BOOKWORMS ARE ALL INTROVERTS
I make a lot of introvert jokes on twitter because, well, HELLO HAVE YOU MET ME. I’m so shy I avoid my own mirror and I have the social skills of tree stump. At least I’m an adorable tree stump. However I knooooooow this is just a stereotype. There are extroverted bookworms!! They exist!! They are probably very outnumbered here, but I RECOGNISE YOU, EXTROVERTED-BOOKWORMS, AND YOUR COMMITMENT TO SPEAK TO OTHER HUMANS. Also ugh. Why.
So obviously yes I fit this stereotype like a potato fits into our hearts. Metaphorically. Please don’t put a potato in your hearts, kids. In fact, don’t do anything I say, ever. Just to be on the safe side.
So I’m a huge introvert. I’m so introverted the only thing extra about me is how much I like books.
9. BOOKWORMS LOVE GOING TO BOOK STORES.
Because this is where the books are. OUR LIFE SOURCE. I mean, have you ever walked into a bookstore and not stroked spines as you strolled down the aisles whispering, “Mine mine mine” like one of those seagulls in Nemo!? HMM?!?
Surprisingly false for me! I’ve been into ONE bookstore in the last…oh…3 years maybe? Because truthfully: I CAN’T AFFORD BOOKS FROM BOOKSTORES. I’m sorry. I have to buy overseas or I don’t get to buy. (I’m talking $12 on Book Depository vs $18 in an Aussie bookstore for a paperback.) I hate that I’m not supporting my country, but I can’t?!? So I find bookstores too frustrating, even just to peruse. Also I don’t…even…have one in my tiny town.
10. BOOKWORMS THINK THE BOOK IS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE.
I am almost entirely sure there isn’t a bookworm that hasn’t been mortally stabbed by a horrific movie adaption at some point. I will say that. But mostly when you hear bookworms talk about a movie, they’re going to say: “BUT THEY CUT OUT THIS IMPORTANT SCENE, THE FOOLS.” And rant for 9 hours.
For me?! False. I actually like some movie adaptions better than the books! Is that some sort of bookworm sacrilege? Hmm?? Probably yes. But The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings are A+ movies and I have no interest in the books. The Help movie is SO GOOD! And look, I’m even going out on a limb here to say I really really like Percy Jackson 2 (no, not the first. Even the Greek gods will not forgive the first). Mostly because of Luke. Or, you know…all because of Luke. But anyway. SOMETIMES THE MOVIES ARE BETTER.
tell me if you fit some of the really really obvious bookworm “stereotypes”??? and are there any you totally are the opposite of?!? do we share any stereotypes in common?! and have you ever liked a movie BETTER than the book!? (the crowd gasps)