Goody! Study party
Will, you need a life in the worst way.
Fiction thinks that tough schoolwork is the greatest thing ever to a nerd. They live for pop-quizzes, mid-terms, and final exams. Not that they are just enthusiastic about subjects they are interested in, but the thought of doing tough work is awesome on its own. Basically, they are portrayed as the bizarro students. Having an extra day of school is like having a day off from school to most students.
Is this Truth in Television
? Somewhat. Again, people will be glad to learn about things that actually interest them (especially if they are going for higher college degrees). But there's a difference between being interested in learning calculus, and acting like a pop quiz on calculus is like meeting a rock star. Then too, a nerd might like to learn, but absolutely loathe having to learn in a school setting
. Can also be true with children who are especially gifted. Many schools are incredibly reluctant to actually let gifted students skip a grade, even when they really should. For those kids, this can be very frustrating in a "has the keys to a Ferrari, but forced to ride a tricycle" way. When they get to something more their speed, it can be downright refreshing.
Commonly suffers from Opinion Myopia
, and will be baffled at why their fellow classmates aren't
acting like they're meeting a rock star. "Why do you guys look so down? We're having a pop quiz on calculus! Isn't that great?!"
Heck, some nerds might find even these nerds too nerdy
Compare Proud to Be a Geek
Contrast Brilliant, but Lazy
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Anime & Manga
- Ami from Sailor Moon, although justified by the fact that she is someday planning to become a doctor.
- In 'Soul Eater', Maka is asked by Blair if tests are fun, in the Super Exam episode. Maka replies that yes, of course they are! You learn things while you're studying and you get to see your class ranking! Blair does not seem convinced, however, probably because she saw Soul studying miserably across the hall.
- Spider-Man: Peter Parker was at least a mild example of this in his high school days. In fact, Flash Thompson once used Peter's overachiever tendencies to explain why he picked on him in high school (keep in mind that this conversation took place at a time when Peter and Flash had been friends for years).
- In Foxtrot, Jason is portrayed as a super-nerd who loves doing math and science homework, often doing his older siblings' homework for fun.
Andy: How was the big math test?
Jason: Outstanding. Shades of fall '99 with daring reminders of finals '01. Imagine the playfulness of a mid-term '00, coupled with the difficulty of a late '97 or '98.
Andy: You know, there's a thin line between "connoisseur" and "nut case", Jason.
Jason: I still have an old '98 upstairs. I really should take it again.
Films — Live-Action
- Peter, the nerdy kid in Dressed To Kill is totally excited with his science project.
- In Harry Potter, Hermione shows this to varying degrees. To the point she was more afraid of being expelled over death. She says "oh no" when she hears that all tests have been canceled as a school treat.
- There are also definite signs of this in Artemis Fowl, where one quote says he hacked a school computer to make the tests harder. But then again, he knows more than the teachers there, so that was probably a joke more than anything else.
- In an episode of Full House, DJ complains that the nerds brought homework back from Summer vacation.
- In Friends, we learn Monica was like this, and is again when she goes to night school with Phoebe.
- Family Matters: Steve Urkel was implied to be this, though so little of the show took place in the halls of their school.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Willow looks forward to homework as the summer draws to a close.
- Whateley Universe: the Whateley Academy devisers and gadgeteers even have specially advanced math and science classes that the ordinary kids (even the really smart "ordinary" kids who have eidetic memory and read at 900 words a minute) don't get to take.