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We bookworms are typical of many things: often reading, obsessing over fictional characters and gushing over our literary friends. But have you ever encountered stereotypical assumptions? When I say ‘bookworm’ what pops into your head? Here are some common misconceptions of bookworms.
WRONG! Reading and glasses are not interrelated people, one is not dependant on the other (unless you need glasses to read of course). However, somewhere down the line of history glasses became associated with books and book became associated with glasses. MANY bookworms don’t need glasses to read, take Belle from Beauty and the Beast and Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series– these are two of the biggest bookworms in fiction, do either one own a pair of specs? NOPE.
This one is a HUGE misconception because anyone who actually lives with a bookworm knows for a fact that we are not ‘quiet’. We would gush, gab and rage 24/7 if we had the time but since we are almost always reading, it usually only happens about a quarter of the time. Don’t mistake our reading time for ‘quiet’, just because we’re not currently talking your ear off does not mean we are meek creatures. You want proof? Ask us what our favorite book is, you’ll be there all day.
Listen up, people read for different reasons. Some read to escape, some do it to learn and some do it because their mom makes them. No matter the reason, reading is reading. I often come across references to stereotypes that the word ‘bookworm’ is synonymous with ‘well-educated’. This my friends, is false. Not all bookworms went to college, heck my neighbor is a HUGE bookworm and she dropped out of high school. Just because we like to read doesn’t mean we like school. We are normal human beings, you know.
For some reason Hollywood likes to paint us bookworms as feeble creatures. I’m tired of seeing us misrepresented. We don’t all have scrawny legs and arms and some of us do have skin that has actually seen the sun. I, myself love to play tennis. Now, am I good at it? No, but I do get out and play sports now and then and do not appreciate the stereotypes. I had one friend in high school who liked reading about as much as I did and she was on varsity for the girls basketball team. So there.
Do you often feel misrepresented as a bookworm? Share below and happy reading!