I love it when I read books about books (The Shadow Of The Wind) or books about writing (The Shining) - they feel like a little treat for those of us who invest so much of our free time into words. If I'm being honest, I feel a little smug if I pick up on a book-culture reference or find a writing trait of my own mirrored in a character!
Although many book lovers created in fiction are subject to a lot of stereotyping, I kind of like the tropes - but I am also so happy to see more and more characters breaking the mould, breaking out of silent libraries and making books fun!
Here's my pick of my favourite "book people" from cartoons, films, TV and, of course, books! Enjoy!
- Gretchen - Recess - (Pictured above) Gretchen is probably my first ever encounter with a book lover, via Saturday morning kid's TV. She was clever, she was a little bit "sensible" - but she had a cunning side. I liked her!
- Giles -
Buffy The Vampire Slayer - I LOVE Buffy, and even though watching Giles squirm around in his library at Buffy's aloofness in the first 3 seasons was rather painful (I'm British too, extra pain!) Giles really showed that books wield power, danger and, of course, the ability to stop any apocalypse ;)
- Hermione Granger - Harry Potter - A book heroine for the 2000's! Resourceful, witty... sometimes a little despairing(!) Hermione made reading cool for anyone who wasn't old enough to remember Buffy. (I'll choose to ignore that Rowling decided to head down the American Teen Movie line with
Hermione and it was horrible. Spells to straighten teeth and smooth
hair, and a pretty dress and sports-star date to make Ron see what he was missing and depart from her book-loving character? C'mon... The series was so much better than that cheap ploy.)
- David Martin - The Angel's Game - The struggling writer's epitome. Now stop me if you've heard this one before... Hermit. Lonely. Drunk. Driven mad by his need to write. Locks himself up in a room. No-one quite knows wtf happened next... but despite all that cliche, it's flippin' excellent.
- Mort Rainey - The Secret Window - Hermit. Lonely. Driven mad by his-... oh, wait ;) Stephen King does the writers for writers genre so well!
- Mandella - 10 Things I Hate About You -
The girl made Shakespeare her life. Gotta have respect for that!
- Belle - Beauty and the Beast - sing it with me now: "
There must be more than this provincial liiiife!!!!" She made the most out of her incarceration by reading. She made her incarcerator love reading too. And then he gave a her a library. 'Nuff said.
- Lisa Simpson - The Simpsons (duh!) - When Lisa invented Equalia I wanted to jump right in there too - and not only for the Tunicorns! What book lover doesn't fantasize about their own fictional creations (and sometimes forget where they really are while doing it?!)
- Hannibal - Hannibal(!) - Bringing the creep factor to book obsession. One of my favourite literary characters, who just happens to be very literary! You wont catch him reading Bridget Jones' Diary though...
Margo, Edith and Agnes - Despicable Me - Last but by no means least! These girls love a bedtime story, and they made the bad-guy love a bedtime read too. All together now: "n'awwww!"
Got any more? Add them in the comments!