- it seems more likely that Yuki didn't exist before Haruhi changed the universe and never had parents.
- Asakura fits the stereotype of a girl all the girls would wants to be friends with. She's nice, good looking, popular without being stuck up, etc. Haruhi doesn't fall for it, but it's pretty well established that the Data Entity doesn't understand humans that well. Kyon actually mentions this in book 1.
- Asakura tries to befriend Haruhi early on. When that does't work, she even tries to draft Kyon as a Haruhi-interface("If we need to tell her anything, we'll just tell you.") Kyon is snarky, but doesn't totally refuse and the SOS brigade forms before it comes up again.
- When Nagato deletes her she says "This is a shame, I guess I really was just a backup."
- Asakura being the original primary would explain why she figured she could beat Nagato, as well as her greater willingness to take independent action.
- Adding revenge as additional motive does make Asakura's logic path of "Must-make-something-happen" to "Kill-Kyon" make more sense.
- Nagato also fits the stereotype of a backup. She's practically invisible by default. And it would explain why the Data Overmind didn't bother giving her a personality. She's a humanoid interface that...is terrible at interfacing with humans.
- In short, it would make alot more sense for the primary to be a friendly girl in Haruhi's class while her backup is tucked away in an obscure club room and different class.
- Implicitly disproved in Disappearance (at least in the novel, can't remember if the adaptation had the line too), where Kyon tells three years ago Nagato to "Sit tight in the literary club until Haruhi and I show up". Therefore Nagato knows that she will have a direct line to Suzumiya if she only waits in the right place, whilst Asakura would therefore be a scout of sorts, trying to gauge how close Haruhi is to moving into the clubroom.
I agree that Ryoko was clearly intended to be the one having contact with Haruhi, but I disagree that Ryoko was necessarily the original interface in charge, with Yuki as backup. Considering that Yuki is a member of the majority faction, the majority would likely want one of their own in charge of such an important operation (and would be able to achieve that), but still may have considered a member of the radical faction the best for making direct contact with Haruhi because of her much more active involvement. Nevertheless, even so, Ryoko needed to obey Yuki and not take actions beyond what was authorized. As for being the backup, I took that to mean in extreme situations where, perhaps, rapid decision-making was required, that is, more "emergency"-type situations rather than just the normal roles fulfilled by the agents, and would only make her own decisions if Yuki was unable to; otherwise, Ryoko would simply need to take the actions that are within Nagato's intended framework. As she explained in Surprise, Ryoko was there to back Yuki up when action was needed and Yuki could not act. Of course, by Surprise, because of Ryoko's predilection for extreme and unauthorized actions (such as by killing Kyon), Emiri was placed as a standby to ensure that Ryoko did not take certain unacceptable actions, but she did seem to exercise her own decision-making while protecting Kyon (if you could call it that) from Kuyo (within that broad mandate).
When Ryoko tried to kill Kyon, that was outside of her mandate and her authorization. Such questions needed to at the very least be deferred to Yuki, unless Yuki was put out of commission, but Ryoko clearly did it on her own, concealing her plan from Yuki. When Yuki became aware of what Ryoko was doing, naturally she acted to prevent the unauthorized action from occurring (and she had her own motives).
Basically, at the start, in Haruhi's 1st year in high school, Ryoko was assigned to be the interface who would have primary contact with Haruhi, but Yuki remained the brains of the operation and the agent in charge.
- In the animated version of Sigh(but not in the book), Kyon tells Nagato "Get off of her." when Nagato attack Asahina in the eye-beam incident, and she does.
- She had finished removing the contact at that point, so this isn't really evidence that she has to listen to him
- In the same scene, she also gets permission from Kyon before showing her laser scarred hand in the same scene.
- But why? Because Kyon has subconsciously chosen her as his follower, the way the Espers are divided betweeen Haruhi and Sasaki. This is also why she was able to hijack Haruhi's power, a feat noone else in the Integrated Data Entity can do. Kyon is also subconsciously preventing them from wondering how she did that.
- It's like that in the anime, too, although if you're not paying attention, you can easily miss it completely.
- More evidence for this theory in the Rampage of Haruhi Suzumiya which is what the episode with the computer game is based on Nagato must wait for Kyon's permission to alter the game, she even says "The one who placed a limit on my data manipulation abilities is you." Why does Kyon have the power to limit her abilities? She also waits for Kyon's permission before joining the Computer Club.
- This is also the counter to "she HAS to listen to Kyon". She basically ignores him asking her not to cheat.
- More "Yuki is Kyon's follower" examples. After the Cave Cricket incident, Kyon muses that Yuki had set it up so that Haruhi wouldn't be bored. There's a major flaw in this reasoning. At the time, not only was Haruhi in a good mood, but it was Kyon who was bored. Also, Haruhi quickly lost interest in the case of the missing Computer Club president, leaving Kyon to see the "case" through. If Yuki had come up with the scenario, it was for Kyon; not Haruhi.
- Countered, from SOS-dan: Nagato's actions are always subtle, and Someday in the Rain shows the slight variance in her responses to different people. For example, in 16:00, Nagato indicated to Tsuruya where Mikuru was, but in 17:45, Nagato did not tell Kyon where Haruhi was.
- There is a difference between asking a question, and telling someone to tell them something.
- Of course, it could be just that Yuki is in love with Kyon. This is hinted with the Closed Space incident, where she messages Kyon that "Another trip to the library would be...". Kyon getting her a library card could have been the most romantic gesture she could think of.
- And she does say "I personally want you to return."
- Arguably, her growing feelings for Kyon are what drive her off the deep end (for a Data Entity Interface, anyway) and rewriting the universe with herself a "normal" schoolgirl and Haruhi and Koizumi no longer students at North High. Of course, this makes the escape program an example of I Want My Beloved to Be Happy.
- Going along with the above, you could interpret what Nagato did as her wanting to spend time with Kyon, who isn't around for most of the episode. Think about it: when Tsuruya barged in and asked where Mikuru was, she immediately pointed out her general direction. What does she do when Kyon finally comes back and asks her where the rest of the SOS-dan are? She simply stares at him, then nods.
- When Yuki uses strangely off-topic responses like "Axiomatic set theory" she is not answering Kyon's questions, without lying to him. This is her version of "classified information". She is warning Kyon off and he usually gets the hint.
- In summary, it's pretty obvious Yuki respect Kyon and trusts him more than anyone else. She also seems to look to him when she is unsure. It's not clear she HAS to obey though, it could just be a manifestation of her feelings(she's happy to take orders from someone she cares about). As mentioned in Disappearance, she seems to trust his judgement in some cases. It's not clear if she listens because she wants to, or she actually has to. She talks Kyon out of having the baseball game rained out, so she can disagree, but it's not a direct disobedience.
- Given that Kyon tries not to rely on her as much, it seems unlikely that Kyon would give a direct command that Yuki would disobey, so this probably never gets tested.
- This is disproven at least in the novels and manga. Yuki does NOT. I think that there is an understanding between Kyon and Yuki in that Kyon can help "interpret" for Yuki, because of her tendency to take directives literally: Kyon helps guide her toward a correct understanding of the meaning behind the directive. She will not go along with Kyon all the time, however.
- Alternate Interpretation: Alternate!Ryoko is a Psycho Lesbian Stalker with a Crush on Alternate!Yuki. Why else, in the parallel continuity that Yuki had just created, was she hanging around the school at 4 am? Watching Yuki? With a knife?!
- Why was Ryoko made like this in the parallel universe? It's clear that Yuki did not alter personalities, only altered events and removed the supernatural. In the case of herself and Ryoko, they wound up with personalities closest to how they acted as aliens: Shrinking Violet...and Stepford Smiler Knife Nut.
- The troper writing this secondary theory has considered this interpretation canonical for a while (to the point of mentioning it on the Cast Page), but it's left ambiguous enough by the narrator (who had more important things to worry about, like bleeding to death) that it probably belongs here.
- There's a doujin that I believe is entitled All-Purpose Cultural Yuki Nagato based on this idea, with the twist that Ryoko is actually in love with Yuki (in her psychotic way), and also explains why the alternate Yuki still wears glasses when Kyon has told her she looks better without them (Ryoko thinks she doesn't). It's a bit explicit, though.
- Alternately, Alter-Ryoko appeared because Yuki STILL HAD Haruhi's powers, and summoned her when Kyon TRIED TO SHOOT HER WITH A GUN! Yuki however didn't know she have been granted those power.
- Alternatively, Alter-Ryoko helped Yuki change the world, and was near her when it happened. Retaining her own memories, Ryoko was there to protect Yuki because Yuki would no longer be able to protect herself. She was an ordinary human now. It was only natural that Ryoko attacked Kyon when he pointed at Yuki with a gun. In the first chapter of the 7th novel, Ryoko asks the future Yuki (who saved Kyon from Ryoko): "Why? Wasn't this what you wanted?"
- Alter-Ryoko couldn't be her subconscious desire since Yuki was conscious of that desire, but it was her defense mechanism to try to preserve her life of normalcy with Kyon. The gun was possibly a symbolic choice on Yuki's part, since it would kill off not just the Alter-Yuki she wanted to be, but would leave Yuki vulnerable to termination by the IDSE for reality-warping in the first place.
- It's possible that when Yuki recreated Ryoko, she didn't think to alter her personality like she did her own, so even though Ryoko was now human, she was still acting as Yuki's "back-up unit".
- Kyon equals Ayu, uguu? My mind is shattered!
- I can agree with her not wanting to be normal. Isn't the implication that she just wants to get away from Haruhi who is annoying the hell out of her? She can't even express her annoyance properly to anyone but Kyon! Remember, this is mostly before Haruhi's character development where she's dragging everyone around, dressing them up, groping them and generally making life very difficult for someone who would like to just sit around and read without being interrupted. She wants to be special in more normal circumstances (read: an off switch for when it gets to be too much. Alternate reality Yuki had some overlap in personality and interests, but she wasn't the same and probably really would have just preferred normalcy.
- I read this differently; Errant Nagato does want to me normal, desperately. She does everything within her power to ensure her past self can't interfere. (The sync-preventing barrier, making Asakura essentially her bodyguard, etc.) This turns the events of the book into something of a giant chess match between Past Nagato and Errant Nagato. Kyon assumes his awareness of the change and the hints along the way are Nagato wanting him to be the one to make the final decision, but I think they were the direct result of Past Nagato's tinkering, and she didn't give a damn what he thought, she just wanted out.
- The question isn't "does she want to be normal", but "does she want to be one of those weird alien creatures on the planet she's investigating."
Haruhi's presence could be a result of any number of things:
- An avatar through which to manipulate events and bring them together.
- A person to give the powers to, as something fun to do through conflict
- A curiousity endeavor, as in, how do people respond to omnipotence?
- I doubt Kyon would wait for Yuki to actually die. If it becomes clear that she's going to die and the rest of the Brigade has no solutions, he has every reason to play it preemptively.
- Remember, the Trump Card is the Forbidden Chekhov's Gun. Basically if both Koizumi and Mikuru are ALSO neutralized, there would only be one person left for Kyon to call help from: Haruhi Suzumiya.
- Neutralized or not, what could Koizumi or Mikuru possibly do to help against an enemy capable of neutralizing Yuki?
- I don't quite get the 'trump card' thing. If Yuki can hijack Haruhi's power to make"Disappearance", it follows that her superiors can hijack them as well. So much for the 'trump card'.
- Kyon never told any of the interfaces the nature of the trump card (it seems he's only thinking it when talking to Yuki), so for all they know he's bluffing. They're unlikely to want to hijack Haruhi's powers without a very good reason, which means that unless they have an interface eavesdropping when Kyon plays the card the first they'll know about it is when the fully aware Haruhi comes for them, by which point it will probably be way too late.
- Just because the IDE created Yuki doesn't mean it has all her powers. For example: Humans have created machines that can travel thousands of kilometers per hour, but humans themselves can't. Yuki has practically killed the IDE in Disappearance without it being able to prevent it, so why wouldn't Haruhi be able to do it too?
- Remember, the Trump Card is the Forbidden Chekhov's Gun. Basically if both Koizumi and Mikuru are ALSO neutralized, there would only be one person left for Kyon to call help from: Haruhi Suzumiya.
- [[Jossed]]. She's alive and kicking through the eleventh.
- Why would she still have the yukata and masks if time had been undone? They would not disappear, but would they not have gone back to where she got them at the reset, and stayed there or been taken by another person when she got different ones? Otherwise, they are coming from nowhere. And most importantly, isn't it gross misconduct for Yuki to expand her closet just to have enough space for all those sets of robes?
- Unless she got her hands into TARDIS technology. Which is probable.
- I believe the way it works is that Kyon's the only one perceptive enough to notice. Her emotional signals are extremely minor compared to most people's, but Kyon's learned how to tell how she's feeling.
- I think he's wrong about half the emotions he reads from her. We simply accept what Kyon says she is feeling? Since when has his track record at reading people been any good?
- If you disregard his rather extreme Selective Obliviousness about Haruhi's feelings for him, since always.
- According to him. Not to be get too geeky here, but uh you can think of it like Shamisen was saying. His interpretation of how Yuki etc. feel is simply a scenario that matches the evidence so far. Just like Koizumi and Mikuru's theories do, despite being completely contradictory. In fact, Kyon's perceptions drastically color ours. The most notable counterexample would be in his refusing to be suspicious of Mikuru, which was pointed out by Koizumi.
- Contradicted by "Snow Mountain Syndrome", where Haruhi's chat with Kyon shows she is perceptive of Yuki's emotions, too.
Additionally, Nagato does not truly give Kyon an option out of I Want My Beloved to Be Happy; rather, she is thwarted only by the foresight of her earlier, coldly logical self, who does not understand the feelings that she will come to experience later on. This only adds to the angst that runs beneath her Emotionless Girl exterior.
- Or at the very least she took no action to prevent spending six centuries beside her love.
- Behold: Exibit A. She appears before Yuki-chan the same way John Smith did to her; to get her to join the Literary Club.
- Actually, this is the Haruhi from that world (hence the hair-style and ribbons). After "our" Kyon left; the power flowed from that Nagato to her; and she had already been told about her alternate universe having those powers by "our" Kyon; so she acknowledged it immediately. First order of business was to clean things up.
I never really bought the whole stealing powers thing to begin with. It was left too vague and I think if she'd had that ability she'd have used it during the Endless Eight. Nevertheless I accepted it because we had nothing else to go on, until book nine. It showed the powers were transferable and the implication seemed to be that the powers currently reside in whoever Kyon wants to be with on a subconscious level. First it was Sasaki then Haruhi. The point at which Yuki "obtains" the powers is Disappearance, which also happens to be the point at which the narrative (written by Kyon) starts focusing on Yuki instead of Haruhi, coincidence? I reckon that this is the point at which Kyon shifts affections to Yuki and Yuki suddenly finds herself in possession of the powers. Being an alien she actually realises she's got them, unlike the previous two owners, and uses them. The question is, does she still have them?
- Don't forget, though - she didn't use her powers during Endless Eight because she was instructed only to observe. I don't doubt that she seriously wanted to jack Haruhi's powers and end her boredom, but that would go against her orders.
- I get the feeling she didn't do anything there because, if you'll notice, nobody ever asked her to do anything. Not even remind them that they were in a loop. She rather seems to lack initiative. Until Disappearance, anyway. Also, the IDE has shown itself to be perfectly capable of 'data manipulation.' It's likely they only need Haruhi because of how chaotic she is: She does things they would never think of. Perhaps she just stopped following a sort of non-interference order and showed what she was really capable of.
- The Data Entity is a Reality Warper, yes. However, the reason it is watching over Haruhi is because it is limited by Equivalent Exchange. They can manipulate data all they want, but only Haruhi can create (and presumably destroy) data. Yuki mentions this in her first exposition.
- Ok then, but if only Haruhi's power is capable of that, and Yuki can steal that power, why bother observing her? What Yuki did is right along the lines of what Haruhi was trying before Kyon possibly interrupted her. There's just too big a plot hole to say she stole the powers and leave it like that. If that were the case, the IDE would simply snatch the powers, withdraw Yuki etc. and go on their merry way. If they're still watching Haruhi, there has to be more to it than simply data creation.
- No. Mikuru is a time lord by virtue of the fact that she's a time traveller, and as we know from reading the WMG pages, all time travellers are time lords.
- It might be that Ryoko wanted Kyon to understand the reason for his death and to accept it. If you recall "Adventures of Mikuru Asahina Episode 00" at one point Yuki says that in her culture, and here she was clearly drawing from her own experience as a humanoid interface, incomplete information is considered a serious flaw, something to that effect, which can explain why Ryoko felt a need for Kyon to understand her intentions. She likely expected him to eventually act the same way she did as she dissolved away, in complete acceptance and understanding of her fate.
- Also, Ryoko probably chose a knife then for the effect. Basically, it looked like she intended to leave Kyon's body in the classroom to be discovered in the morning, possibly by the students. With the stab wounds and blood all over, it likely would have had more of an effect than if he had just simply died without a mark or was disappeared. Now it's possible that someone does patrol the halls in school at night in Japan—in another anime, Chibi Maruko Chan, one episode showed a faculty member patrolling the school at night at her elementary school—, but she might have concealed the body in such a way that it would not be discovered until daylight again and when the students came into the classroom. Now, the whole knife thing afterward, I don't know. Maybe humanoid interfaces have a tendency to engage in perseveration or something.
- Haruhi was at Kouyouen with Koizumi, who already had a crush on her - both placing her at a distance from Kyon, and giving him a viable rival for Haruhi's affections.
- Of all the former SOS Brigade members, Kyon could most easily establish contact with Yuki. Mikuru was an upperclassman with a protective best friend, Haruhi and Koizumi were students at another school, but Yuki was just a shy girl who was attracted to Kyon and wanted another member for her literature club. She also had the most positive (well, the least negative) initial reaction to him.
- Yuki let Kyon keep his memories and gave him the ability to change the world back. As much as she wanted the chance to have a normal relationship with him, she didn't want to do it against his will - she wanted him to be happy.
- An alternate explanation for Kyon's memory continuity is that only Kyon can alter his own memories... because Kyon is God. All of the females pegged as Reality Warpers are, at the time, his object of affection, and he subconsciously wants to make their dreams come true.
- It doesn't disprove your explanation, but after Disappearance, Yuki starts refusing to do synchronization as she states. We first see it in Intrigues when it turns out to be Yuki who shoots the sci-fi gun to turn her Errant self back into an interface; the Disappearance Yuki requests synchronization, but the Intrigues synchronization refuses, saying she doesn't want to.
Kyon learned which school Haruhi went from Taniguchi. Taniguchi is supposed to be absent like other former East Middle school students. Yuki didnt consider the fact that Taniguchis father would force him to go to school with a high fever. Kyon is supposed to find Haruhi by himself.
- Flip it over and it becomes BOL or "Be On the Lookout".
- Instead she's a Papermaster.
- The great Kuyou/Yuki war started at the same moment that Kuyou realized that she was going after the wrong boy? How about it started just before X-mass?
- Kuyou: "Where is Kyon?"
- Yuki: "See that boy right over there? He's your man."
- Kuyou: "Thank you."
- Yuki: "Now excuse me while I change the Universe."
- Kyon took the two-day limit the wrong way around. Yuki was asking for two days in order to totally throw Suou off, not limiting the change the two days.
- She said the cricket was using somebody's brain to increase it's probability of existence and that this was a related life form.
- She said that humans hold the key to the evolution of her kind.
- The interfaces have been very selective about lobotomizing espers, only taking out those who can't handle the truth.
- She hides her fanfic from Kyon until she's finished (Editor in Chief★Straight Ahead!). A callback?
- She can override Asakura's 'lockout' on the classroom when Asakura tries to kill Kyon.
- This is also why she can delete Asakura and restore her seemingly at will—Asakura is an app running on Nagato's CPU.
- The Data Overmind selects her to interface with the Heavenly Canopy Dominion.
- She alone can process the additional bandwidth of communicating directly between the DITE and the HCD.
- When she develops "fevers" and other problems doing so, it's because she's overheating from being severely overclocked to handle the extra data transfer.
- She can "borrow" Haruhi's powers during Disappearance.
- She actually had the other interfaces network and massively parallel process the required data to generate an entirely new timeline, and merely claims to have borrowed Haruhi's power when in fact she temporarily duplicated it. (The DITE then placed a lockout on that ability so that she could never abuse that ability again—this is what she means at the end of Disappearance when she mentions that "punitive measures are being considered".)
- She lacks the ability to show emotions to the same degree as the other interface, even though she does feel emotion to some degree.
- Most of her "CPU" and memory are allocated to transferring data between the other interfaces and the Data Overmind, leaving little to spare for showing emotion. Alternately, the Data Integration Thought Entity never intended Nagato to directly interface with humans (let alone Haruhi) any more than necessary, and so created her with limited emotional subroutines so as to reduce power requirements. (The reason why Nagato is a big eater is because she needs the extra energy to process emotional responses as well as fulfill her primary functions.)
These humanoid interfaces are often said to be data organisms, but they seem to differ from other data organisms in important ways. Generally, data organisms don't really have a physical presence, though with the possible exception of the Entities/Domains it appears that they are localized within spacetime. They seem to interact with the physical world primarily through possession-like tactics, by possessing biological organisms. The biological organisms, however they are hijacked, nonetheless maintain their status as independent beings whose bodies are only being used by the data organisms, but don't belong to the data organisms.
The humanoid interfaces are different, and this might have been a necessity due to the need to interact with humans. Embodiment and the experience of inhabiting a lived body are fundamental aspects of human experience, among others, (see the writings of phenomenologists like Merleau-Ponty or those who cite him) and might have turned out to be critical to being able to communicate with humans on any meaningful level, so the Data Integration Thought Entity (DITE) needed to have the data organisms it sent as its operatives have their own bodies and to integrate with those bodies and experience them as their own, becoming embodied, allowing an experience of inhabiting a lived body to form, permitting them to understand humans to communicate with them while still maintaining a link with the DITE. Of course, this wasn't perfect as is clear from the behavior of these interfaces, but it was enough.
It appears, too, that in a way their bodies are important on some level, though the exact importance has not been made clear. Ryoko mentions not understanding biological organisms' concept of death, Yuki seemed quite willing to use her body as cannon fodder, and Ryoko continued to maintain her cheeriness even as she dissolved away. Even so, a sense of self-preservation does seem evident, however minimal it may be compared to typical humans, and their bodies are important. Ryoko, in her big fight with Yuki over killing Kyon, knew that the way to get Yuki out of the way was to destroy her body. When Yuki caused the knife to dissolve, Ryoko momentarily lost her cheeriness (in the anime). The dissolution of Ryoko's body and "nullification of [her] data link" stopped Ryoko's plan. Yuki does bring Ryoko back later on, and so does Emiri even later on. This makes the importance of their bodies unclear, but there seems to be some importance.
The edit lock is expiring, unfortunately. Peace out.
- "Ryoko, in her big fight with Yuki over killing Kyon, knew that the way to get Yuki out of the way was to destroy her body." To clarify, it appeared that Ryoko saw destroying Yuki's body as key to also getting rid of her ability to affect the physical world, even through data manipulation, and in the light novel and anime seemed to believe she was ending Yuki's "short 3-year life."
Yes, I am aware of the spinoff series and its what if? story, but this is not that series (it has its own page). When Ryoko Asakura became aware that Yuki had bested her, she had first expressed shock, briefly breaking out of her nearly incessant inappropriate cheerfulness, before returning to it. Why? It is because humanoid interfaces can accept things much more easily than typical humans.
Many have shipped Kyon and Yuki and perhaps Yuki was attracted to Kyon, in a kind of naive way by Kyon likely being the first being of any kind to do anything for her personally when he made her that library card. However, at the end of Disappearance it became clear to Yuki that such a relationship would not occur, were that a primary interest of hers in the first place. She accepted it and moved on. Kyonx Yuki is over.
Yuki is now working to follow her own conscience and to stake out a course for her own life. Getting the ability to synchronize removed was an important aspect of that. She continues to work for the DITE, but that's likely because she thinks it's the right thing to do and she follows her own belief systems in the pursuit of her job. It is not clear all that she is doing, but it is clear that she is trying to gain satisfaction from her life so that in the end when she's finally destroyed, deleted, dead, or whatever she could look back on her life and say "No regrets!"
When I watched Disappearance, perhaps the thing I saw that made it hardest to maintain my suspension of belief was how, I guess, forgiving Yuki was right after Kyon had pushed her up against the wall. It seems this Disappearance Yuki was someone who would easily be taken advantage of. I guess when Yuki was about to surrender her powers, she realized just how vulnerable she would be in the remade world, so she brought back the confident, sociable Ryoko, someone who would likely be very difficult to take advantage of, to watch over her Disappearance self. The remade Yuki was still pretty impaired, but without the superpowers, so in case she came to any danger, Ryoko would be there for her, to fetch her out.
That's how Kyon ended up in a pool of his own blood...
They should look at what she's reading, and then pull up a chair and sit next to her, not across from her. Not too close, or nothing, but close enough to read what she's reading. It would be a plus if they were already familiar with what she's reading. They should then offer up comments about the book, particularly about the part she is currently reading. At first, don't do it too much, but show that you're trying to share HER object of interest, which is of course what she is reading. Do it for maybe 20 minutes at first, but don't be a stranger, and try doing this somewhat regularly. That way, you become a regular and trusted person in her life. At that point, she may open up more and even show interest in what you like.