Created By: blueisasomeFebruary 16, 2013 Last Edited By: blueisasomeFebruary 17, 2013
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Smart Girls Love Shakespeare

Making a character seem smart by having them read classic literature

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Sometimes characters are a little smarter, or a little quirkier, or just a little different from the other kids at school. One way creators show this is by making them love classic literature. It doesn't have to be just Shakespeare, though it often is, as long as it's old and boring to most people it fits.

Examples:
  • Bella from Twilight loves Wuthering Heights among other books.
  • Jennifer from Extraordinary.

Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • February 16, 2013
    StarSword
    Literature:
    • This apparently developed into a youth subculture in Remnants, where "Janes" are girls who try to emulate the books of Jane Austen.
  • February 16, 2013
    lexicon
    Your examples are lacking. Bella is a girl and reads Wuthereing Heights but how do we know that's unusual? What's the smart different between her and the other kids at school? The same goes for Jennifer and what does she read in Extraordinary?
  • February 16, 2013
    Mimimurlough
    The female lead from 10ThingsIHateAboutYou, if I remember correctly.

    Literarly classics is a, well, classic shorthand for intelligence, the same as chess. I don't think we need much more than to have the titles and writers name dropped.
  • February 16, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Both you and the OP need to expand on the Zero Context Examples you posted.
  • February 16, 2013
    Noaqiyeum
    Name is unnecessarily Always Female.
  • February 16, 2013
    m8e
  • February 17, 2013
    lexicon
    You're right. This is Genius Book Club. I do like the word 'quirkier' though. A genius character will always be socially different. Examples and their context should go there.
  • February 17, 2013
    Arivne

  • February 17, 2013
    blueisasome
    Well thanks you guys I guess your right. I tried to find something like this but couldn't. Thanks anyway!

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