When you imagine a reader, what do you see? Do you ever hesitate to tell people that reading is one of your hobbies because of what they might assume about you?
Even if you don’t believe in stereotypes, some of them are almost conditioned and stamped into our heads because of the influence that the media has on all of us. Book lovers are almost never portrayed as the ‘cool’ people; they’re usually the lonely, quirky kid that stays at home and reads all day. They usually have braces too, right? (haha).
Some stereotypes are true.
I’ll admit, some reader stereotypes do fit me. I’m a shy person that freaks out over bookstores & anything paper-related, and enjoys staying home sometimes. But that’s not only who I am. I’m very outgoing and talkative with people I’m comfortable around, enjoying driving and sports, and thrive off of seeing my friends regularly.
There are many assumptions associated with readers – some are true of some of us and some are not.
Here are 6 assumptions that people make about readers:
- They’re introverted and shy
You know, their head is always in a book and they don’t like talking to other people (reminds me of Nesta from acotar haha anyone else?)
- They enjoy everything they read
No matter what it is (classics, textbooks, newspaper), as long as it is in book format, they will eat it up.
- All they do is read
The first thing they do when they wake up is read with a cup of coffee. They also read at lunch, on the toilet, in the car, before bed, and every time in between.
- They’re geeks/nerds
They’re super smart since they read all the time and get straight A’s. Studying is their second favourite thing to do and are always motivated to do homework.
- They’re socially awkward
They’re usually alone so whenever they’re around people, they start sweating and their words jumble into a tangled mess.
- They rather stay home than go out
They’re that person that gets asked to attend a sleepover and asks their parents to say no.
What do you think? Again, I definitely think some of these points can be used to describe me sometimes but I’m not always like this. I also don’t think any of the things on the list are bad. What’s bad is when all readers are assumed to be like this.
We’re a positive bunch!
Luckily, from what I’ve seen and the readers I’ve talked to, we’ve grown to embrace these assumptions and make a joke out of them. We’ll usually laugh along with others and correct them nicely. Ultimately, the best way to correct this stereotype is to just be ourselves – others will see the assumptions aren’t true! Instead of focusing on why these assumptions exist, we can focus on debunking them.
What about you?
Do any of these things describe you? Let me know in the comments!