Welcome to what will hopefully be a fairly long series of posts, where I attempt to explain the behavior and thoughts of a bookworm. If you’re a fellow bookworm, leave a comment at the end and tell me your thoughts on the topic. As something I will say, all bookworms have many similarities but we’ve also got our differences. There’s always the odd exception to the rule.
Hey fellow bookworms and maybe some non-readers. You’re all welcome here, as today I crunch this stereotype of what a bookworm is supposed to look like. So enjoy, and remember to let me know your thoughts in the comments!
This is a stereotype that’s been around for decades. The fact that a bookworm is apparently nerdy, wears glasses, shy, introverted. What do you picture when you think of a bookworm?
For me, when I think of a bookworm the first thought that springs to mind is they hate socalising and would rather be reading. But I am slightly biased here since I’m a bookworm and sort of fall into this stereotype. Yes I wear glasses…so I don’t strain my eyes whilst I work I don’t need them for reading (trust me if I couldn’t see to read, EVERYONE would know, I’d be one unhappy bunny). Let’s break down this stereotype further shall we?
Wears glasses = nerd/geek/bookworm
Sorry who came up with this concept? I know loads of people who aren’t nerds/geeks or bookworms that wear glasses. Wearing glasses is so we can see, perhaps a reason why you get a lot of avid reader and bookworms wearing glasses is because we read anywhere. And by anywhere we literally mean anywhere we can, whether the lighting’s good or bad. For example when I used to be in the car at night, mum driving us home from wherever we’d been. I’d have a book open sometimes, and it’s dark outside. But you know that flash of light from the streetlights? Yeah I used to use them to read it snatches, not the best idea as you’re then straining your eyes but meh…we don’t think of that.
People who wear glasses wear them usually so that they can see. Not so people can label them. Also wearing glasses doesn’t make you smarter…it just enables you to see.
*coughs* Hi I’m both shy and incredibly loud too. But I’m a bookworm…go figure.
This whole thing of bookworms are shy creatures, yes we are because most of us don’t like people. Why? Well because you never shut up asking stupid questions, and half of you act like morons, whilst the other half we don’t trust; then within those two half are a few we tolerate because we’re not monsters.
Basically what I’m trying to say is being shy is a thing a lot of non readers have too and shyness is not to be confused with anxiety or being an introvert. Being shy just means someone is nervous around other people. You know, a totally normal thing a lot of people have because us shy folk don’t really like you loud folk. You loud folk scare us…unless we know you then we’re not as scared.
Right. Being an introvert doesn’t mean you hate people it just means you like alone time and you get your energy from being in your own company. Below is a really useful infographic I found on pinterest – which will hopefully explain the difference of an introvert and extrovert to you.
So we’re not viewing all extroverts as obnoxious predators but well…we can sometimes find you highly annoying as extroverts typically like being loud and we’re like solitude. The point is, introverts aren’t ‘shy’ we just create our own energy meaning we don’t want to be around people constantly as it’s draining for us.
The point is, some of us will fall into the stereotypes and that’s totally fine. It’s totally fine if you don’t fall into any stereotypes whatsoever – it doesn’t make you less of a bookworm or a ‘fake’ bookworm. It just means you’re a unique variation of a bookworm. We’re usually easy to spot – book in hand? Often seen reading or talking about books. But there are some of us, who hide this part of themselves when out in public.
Perhaps because where they live, people actually bully them for it or they get teased for it and ridiculed. Now for me, I guess some people would say I’m pretty loud and proud about being a bookworm. I don’t hide it – everyone who knows me knows I’m a bookworm. And I’m cool with that, I think it comes with the attitude I take of not giving a damn what others think of me, unless they’re my friends. Which is a great attitude to have – it’s also a very hard attitude to keep constantly as a person who loves reading, writing and can get affected by words. BUT it served me well and continues to serve me well. You see a bookworm is a person like you and me.
Yes we may read and enjoy reading (shock, gasp the mere thought is terrifying I know) but we’re still human and we also usually have other interests (although often they tend to link back to our love of reading). How we dress, what we buy and so on – there’s no special dress code for a bookworm. We dress how we want to always have and always will, some of us love make up, other not so much and then some of us are also avid gamers.
So before you judge someone for ‘looking like a bookworm’ judge yourself. Because we’re everywhere, and we know how to blend in and be invisible. (mainly because we want to get that extra 5 minutes of reading time in hehe). But the sadder part to being invisible is so we don’t get unwanted attention from people who make fun of us, I know it happens and it’s not right. Bullying is never right, just because someone enjoys reading and you can’t wrap your half a brain cell around that, don’t make us miserable for doing what we love.
Yes bookworms are slowly going to take over the world. So I hope you enjoyed today’s Bookworms Explained post, I also have some exciting news! Well exciting for me anyway, I made a page here explaining how this series came to be and also linking every post in this series currently up. This means that if you stumble across the series part way through and want to go read the other posts, they easy to find. And I’ll be linking the page in every post in the series from here on out.
Lastly thank you for reading, and showing this series love, it’s probably my pride and joy at the moment as it’s fun for me to do and hopefully fun for you lot to read too.