Created By: PancticeSquadCutterback on October 19, 2012 Last Edited By: PancticeSquadCutterback on October 21, 2012
Nuked

Books Are For Girls

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(NOTE: This means females read books and boys don't)

In fiction, it seem that book readers are often female. That is this trope.

The reason is that most boys are more interested in... other things. Females are usually not interested in them.

Compare and contrast Most Gamers Are Male and There Are No Girls on the Internet.
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • October 19, 2012
    Khantalas
    I'll be honest, I have no idea what this trope is. Is it "girls read books"? Is it "boys don't read books because they think they are girly"? Is it "girls read books, boys don't"? Is it "most book readers are female"? Is this even a trope, because I cannot possibly think of how you can use it to tell a story?
  • October 19, 2012
    FantasyLiver
    Yeah, honestly I can name about a hundred examples to counter this. I mean, in Lord of the Rings, every male character is well read and considers books cool.
  • October 19, 2012
    shimaspawn
    <Mod Hat> This is not a trend in fiction nor does book reading seem to be an only female trait. This will likely be discarded.
  • October 19, 2012
    lexicon
    This has a lot that it needs. To start with, it's probably related to Higher Education Is For Women. It would tend to come up in quiet old rustic settings. Beauty And The Beast has Belle singing to herself about her books and then Gaston comes up and tells her that a woman shouldn't be reading because she will start to get ideas. He says that the book doesn't even have pictures and he throws it in the mud. This is would also be related to Sensitive Guy And Manly Man as the manly man loves general physical activity and the sensitive guy, who can be seen as girlish, loves poetry and literature.
  • October 20, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    In the film Idiocracy, any male character who speaks coherently and sounds even vaguely educated gets the taunt, "you talk like a fag". Not exactly this proposed trope as described, but implying that being or sounding intelligent isn't a "manly" thing (as "fags" aren't, unfortunately, considered "manly" by those who'd use that word) in that society.
  • October 20, 2012
    norsicnumber2nd
    Is it 'the girl in the group is the well-read one'? That might be some way to help the story.
  • October 20, 2012
    Weaver
    There was a bit in Unseen Academicals where one of the male background characters asked Glenda to read something for him, with it being mentioned that he and most of his peers were of the view that reading was soft indoor work and therefore for women.
  • October 20, 2012
    DracMonster
    ^^ Made me think of Hermione from Harry Potter.

    "Token female is the academic of the group" might be workable. Would have overlap with Cute Bookworm.

    I'm thinking maybe Wiki Magic could salvage this after all.
  • October 20, 2012
    shimaspawn
    <Mod Hat>

    @ Drac: If it weren't for the fact that the academic of the group is just as likely if not more so to be male, your statement might have merit. This is not at trope. Discussion has proven that. I'm going to discard this now.
  • October 21, 2012
    PancticeSquadCutterback
    Added info. If this still gets discarded, then okay I guess.
  • October 21, 2012
    lexicon
    @ Panctice Squad Cutterback - If you're interested in trying to make this into a trope you should add my example and comments about Higher Education Is For Women and Sensitive Guy And Manly Man.
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