Continuing the slow, slow cleanup of Hollywood Style
tropes, here's a topic close to your heart and mine.
," like Hollywood Style
in general, covers multiple, discrete, contradictory concepts. The first ("Type I") is "stereotypical nerd." Or, nerd archetype. Or, simply, nerd.
That's right - we already have "the stereotyped way in which fiction depicts nerds" as its own healthy page.
The second ("Type II") is the opposite. Someone we are told is a nerd via Informed Attribute
or a few simple labels like Nerd Glasses
, but who otherwise lacks the archetype's features - they are attractive (or Beautiful All Along
), they are only nominally unpopular
, they are socially capable.
The name's ambiguity and the numbered types hurt the trope. If you say a movie character is an example of a "Hollywood Nerd
," that says nothing clear about him, even to those familiar with the page.
The current "Hollywood Nerd
" page tries to justify mentioning these two types by saying these are extreme options and fiction offers nothing between them. But fiction offers all kinds of nerds. Black nerds
, Asian nerds
. Jewish nerds
. Sexy nerds
. We have a whole index
of nerd characterizations and signifiers, so no one trope can rightly claim to cover "the way fiction portrays nerds."