10 Action Librarians
by Susana Polo | 12:32 pm, July 26th, 2011
Allow Us To Explain
According to Wikipedia, “stereotypes of librarians in popular culture are frequently negative: librarians are portrayed as puritanical, punitive, unattractive, and introverted if female, or timid, unattractive, and effeminate if male.”
TVTropes, in fact, lists only two librarian tropes: the Hot Librarian, for a very specific kind of story; and the Scary Librarian (basically the shushing librarian with one notable subversion). Even J.K.Rowling admitted that she was unable to present a kind librarian in Harry Potter because otherwise all the mysteries would have been solved in a couple of days.
And so we thought to ourselves: there are plenty of kick ass librarians in fiction! Like all the time… when they are allowed to be main characters… and aren’t one-scene jokes… um.
So, we made a Power Grid. Yes, this is usually how these things go. This week’s Grid is dedicated to the runners up, and to the reference librarian who didn’t bat an eye when I asked her where I could find books on Slavic Folklore, prison tattoos, and Marine snipers (preferably autobiographies).