1. Readers love cats
True. I love cats, and as soon as I get a bigger flat, I’ll definitely have cats. I want a big, lazy, grim-looking tomcat. Cats are awesome.
2. Readers are light-shunning
Hm. I actually like the sun. Not too much of it, I admit. And I can’t take strong heat and stuff. I also spend more time inside than outside the house. But I do prefer a nice blue sunny sky and sunny weather when I’m traveling.
3. Readers are persons who make decisions on a gut level
Definitely not true. I never ever decide spontaneous. I always think about anything and everything and I’m way too much ruled by my head. If I ever had something like gut instinct, it was totally killed by my intellect.
4. Readers are romantic
Dunno. I don’t really like flowers and stuff. I do like nighttime, moonlight, candles, and if I had a boyfriend, I surely would be happy if he did something nice and romantic to surprise me. Though, if I were given a diamond ring, I admit I’d maybe sell it to buy things I really like. I guess I’m not too romantic, but I can be.
5. Readers love kids... as long as they don't paint in their favorite books
I don’t have much experience with kids. Most of them are cute, some are annoying. If they would paint in my favorite book, I would ask for compensation from their parents. :D
6. Readers are collectors, not only of books
I don’t even collect books. But I collect video game (and some other) action figures, other kind of merchandise, old-fashioned stuff, soundtracks, all kind of Shinsengumi things and lots and lots of other things. So this is very, very true.
7. Readers love cake and coffee klatsch
Cake is delicious. How could you not like cake? But coffee klatsch sounds like “sitting round a table at 5 p.m. with coffee and cake”. No thanks! I prefer to sit on a comfy couch while talking to my friends, and it most likely would happen at night time.
8. Readers have jobs where there are in contact with other people
I’m still a student, but when I manage to finish it and become a lawyer or attourney, I will have lots of contact with others.
9. Readers eat bio food
Uhm... no. As a student, I usually buy the cheapest food I can get. And I’m also not so much into that bio stuff.
10. Readers also like to write
Oh hell, yeah! Writing is one of my favorite hobbies: Stories, online text-based role playing games… it’s much more than just a hobby for me. I think I need writing, like I need eating, drinking and breathing. And it is so amazing when you get that connection to your character, that you don’t write the story, but the story kinda invents itself. Sounds creepy, feels great (and… sometimes creepy, okay).
11. Readers were loners and stay-at-homes as a child
Not as a small child, I was playing outside a lot back then. But I guess I was a loner as a child, especially at school, after my parents moved. And I became a sorta stay-at-home as well. Okay, maybe I AM stereotype, in some ways.
12. Readers have good friends, but not many of them
True. I have two really amazing friends, and that’s all I need.
13. Readers like to play
You bet I do. I’m addicted to video games, and I also like some other games, ad long as it’s not too sporty, like basketball or something. I’m way too ambitious to play things I’m really not good at, just for fun
14. Readers are helpful and good
Uhm, I don’t like to call myself „good“. That sounds way too much like a self-righteous do-gooder. I surely don’t have a helper’s complex, and I don’t do voluntary work or something. But I do care about my friends and family. If I really love someone, I want him to be happy and I hate to disappoint people that are important to me.
15. Readers like to dream (also daydreaming)
I dream every night, and mostly, I like it. Also exciting dream other people might consider as scary. I also love to think of what might happen in stories I’m writing or in role-playing games, but I don’t know if you could call that daydreaming. I usually don’t just sit around being lost in thoughts, only when I have to wait for the train. Still, dreaming is a great thing.
16. Readers drive small cars
Actually, I do not even drive a car. I have my semester ticket, and I love it.
17. Readers loved to read under their blankets as a child
I didn’t really read under the blanket. But I quickly hid my books under my blanket when I heard my parents coming. I had a nightlight as a child, so it was quite easy to read secretly at night. :D
18. Readers prefer books to movies etc. on TV
Honestly – no. I love movies, and I love TV. There might be some books I’d prefer over most movies, surely. But I’m quite demanding when it comes to books. If I don’t like a book, I won’t read it. It just takes too much time. And it’s not easy to find books I really like.
19. Readers always carry a book with them
Not always. I never leave the house without my MP 3 player, but I don’t always carry a book with me. I don’t like reading in trains or while waiting only for a short time. And when I’m on holiday, I prefer my friends or sightseeing over reading a book, which I can also do at home.
20. Readers also love to read other things
Sure. ^^ I like to read some comics, I like to read all kinds of stuff in the internet, I like to read magazines… everything. Senseless stuff is fun to read.
21. Readers have problems with their eyes
Only with my right eye, to be exactly. The other one’s good. And I admit never wear my glasses.
22. Readers can spend hours in a book store
Not really. I’m not interested in most of the books there, anyway.
23. Readers have at least two books with a signature
Not a single one. I do have a CD with a signature of Yoko Kanno, and I’m proud of that. :D
24. Readers have fallen in love with a fictional character at least once
With fictional characters from books? Don’t think so. But with fictional characters from video games. Lots of them. And, even more than that, with my own characters. You can get really close to them while you’re writing. Really, really close.
25. Readers have traveled to places of their favorite books
I would love to, and I will, as soon as I have the money. :D I have already made a Shinsengumi tour through Japan, together with my friends, and it was awesome!
26. Readers have their favorite writers, and they stick to them
Sure I have some favorite writers. And when I know that I like an author’s style, that means a lot to me, because I’m really picky when it comes to writing styles. But I don’t buy books because they are from a certain author, if I don’t like the topic. I also always like to read books from writers I’ve never heard before, if they seem interesting to me. So I definitely do not stick to certain authors, I’m way too curious for that.
27. Readers love to visit events connected with books (conventions, book-singings, readings...)
I love conventions, but more the anime/video game types, because they’re fun and I love cosplay. ^^ I’m not into readings, I prefer to read on my own, and book-signings… only for an author I really love. Then I’d go there. But you can’t say I love them.
28. Readers don’t like to lend their favorite books to others
As long as I know it’s a diligent person, I have no problems with it. In fact, I want everyone of my friends and family to read the books I love, so I can share the experience and talk about it. ^^
29. Readers are night persons
100% true. Night is my favorite time of the day. I go to bed when others get up. “Going to bed early” means for me, going to bed at like 12 a.m.
30. Readers would never give away their favorite books
I have a general problem with giving things away. But I would give away most of my books as a present, if I could buy new ones. There are only few books I’d never give away, but there are some.
Oh well, I guess I’m not a typical reader. But first of all, I don’t get some of those points anyway (what is it with reading and bio food? Can anyone explain?). And hey, who wants to be a stereotype?
I translated it from German to English, so if something sounds weird, that might be the reason. If anyone likes to answer these questions, too, I’d be curious to read. ^^
I found this on some website: Facts about a “typical” book reader. I thought it was interesting, though (or maybe because) many points of the checklist are so clichéd and stereotype, it really hurts. But so what, I love stuff like that. So let’s find out if Scholar Will is a typical reader: