Let’s Talk Bookish – “I’m Not Like Other Girls” Trope

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well! As it is once again Friday, it is time for another Let’s Talk Bookish edition. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. This weeks topic is all about the “I’m not like other girls” trope!

How do you feel about the “I’m Not Like Other Girls” trope in general?

I don’t really think that the “I’m not like other girls” trope really bothers me. I think that it is just another trope that can be used to further a character or a plotline. It truly annoys me when the trope is the only part of a character’s personality, especially if they are only there as a love interest to the main character. But if it is used in conjunction with other personality tropes or traits, it doesn’t bother me.

Have you ever seen the trope done well?

I’m sure there are a couple of books that I have read where the trope has been done well, ironically I can’t remember any of them off of the top of my head. I think it all depends on the context of the character and whether they have anything other qualities that I like. I think most of the books that I’ve read that had this trope are quite old now (yes, I am calling The Hunger Games old 😂) so my memory of them is probably quite fuzzy, but I remember liking them and the way Suzanne Collins did the trope then.

Did you ever think you were “not like other girls” OR think that a girl you know wasn’t “like other girls”?

This question has definitely brought back some memories as I knew a girl throughout secondary school (ages 11-16) who thought she was the embodiment of this trope. Looking back on it now, I can see what she was trying to do, but I thought she was just incredibly annoying back then. It’s hard to say whether she was like it before or whether it was a trope that she adapted from a book because she thought it would work, I distinctly remember After being her favourite book for a long time so that could be one of the reasons.

Why do you think this trope became so popular?

I not sure why it became quite as popular as it did, but I definetly think some of it was down to the media and the fact that quite a few books that had this trope became extremely popular. When I think back to that age books like Divergent and The Hunger Games were just coming into their own, so I think many people identified with Katniss, Tris and other characters like them. But I think that influences outside of books also had a big influence on why this trope became extremely popular.

Do you think this trope can be damaging?

Like I said earlier, I think that this trope can be damaging if the “I’m not like other girls” trope is the only trope or piece of personality that the character possesses. But it all depends on the way that the author tells the story.

What do you think about the “Not like other girls” trope? Let me know in the comments below!

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