10 Classic Books As Stereotypes of Their Readers

What does your favorite book say about you?


What does your favorite book say about you?

Stereotypes are bad, kids. But today I’m sharing classic books as stereotypes of their fans, because chances are, no matter what, if you tell someone your favorite book, they’re automatically going to have some preconceived notions about you.

(Obligatory disclaimer for the Internet: this is not a serious post)

So here are 10 classic novels, described in stereotypes of their readers.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury-

People who would run into a partially-collapsed burning building just to rescue their book collection

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury cover

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger-

Edgy teenagers whose favorite phrase is “no one understands me”

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger cover

Animal Farm by George Orwell-

Would call you a communist for offering to share a bag of potato chips

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut-

Pacifists who probably play Cards Against Humanity

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut cover

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen-

They think they’re Lizzie Bennett, but they’re actually Mr. Darcy (don’t say anything)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen cover

1984 by George Orwell-

Libertarians who are always ranting about how the government is out to get you

1984 by George Orwell cover

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare-

Hopeless romantics who apparently think double suicide is the epitome of true love

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare cover

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy-

People who read just to flex how intellectual they are

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy cover

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte-

People who love strong female leads and don’t mind a toxic love interest as long as he’s tall dark and handsome

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott-

They either have a bunch of sisters or want a bunch of sisters and think they were born in the wrong generation. They love Jo March.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott cover

What’s your favorite classic novel? Do you think there is a stereotype associated with it? Let me know in the comments!

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34 comments on “10 Classic Books As Stereotypes of Their Readers”

  1. omigosh, i’m currently reading little women and it’s proving to be one of my favorites, and the stereotype you described literally fits me haha. this post is scarily accurate-

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  2. Such a fun read! I’ve read Little Women, and yes I loved Jo March. P&P is one of my favorites! I don’t mind being Darcy but, um, I hope I give off better first impressions. LOL. Great post!

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  3. I’ve been called out… oops XD my library is important to me, but I don’t know if I’d run into a burning building for it lol – and while I’m a HUGE P&P fan, I’ve been told that I’m more of a Jane (albeit a snarky one lol). Loved the list!!!

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  4. Vey true. Some people do stereotype along these lines. I love all of the above books – I cannot choose one so I guess I am a bit of everything described. The War and Peace stereotypes are particularly painful because they are so common and if you mention War and Peace some people would think that you are “showing off”, etc. when it is so not true and I would never consider it “complex” or anything, just longer than usual. I don’t know why War and Peace should take all the heat – they are longer and more complex classics out there.

    Another book stereotype concerns Philip K. Dick novels, people would roll their eyes and may think his reader is “crazy” and probably into drugs or something. No other than Donna Tartt stereotypes PKD readers along just these lines in one of her books.

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    1. Yeah– in fact I have read all of the books I used for this post except for War and Peace; I need to read it soon. It’s good to hear it’s not overly difficult to understand. I’ve never read anything by Philip K. Dick and from Donna Tartt I’ve only read The Secret History; I can’t remember if that’s the one you’re talking about or not


      1. Yes, I think there is a girl character in The Secret History attending the same school as the main character and she is described as “that crazy girl into Philip K. Dick books” or something along these lines. It just struck me as memorable because I read most of his books.

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  5. I once heard someone say East of Eden was their favorite book. I couldn’t not judge them! haha Good job on those stereotypes; made me laugh. I’m gonna go read War & Peace now so it can be my favorite flex, I mean book.

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  6. I loved your post, it’s so accurate 😂. My 2 favorite classics are Animal Farm and the Dangerous Liaisons by Laclos (not sure I want to know what the second says about me 🤣)

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