Are Geeks'n Nerds the new 'typical' hero?

Am I the only one who has noticed a radical change in movie-heroes?

-Don't get me wrong, the "typical-guy" is a classical (stereotyped) movie-hero. But it seems to have been taken further. I am especially thinking of Michael Cera (- who most significantly embody the concept of the heroic geek Juno, Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist), Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland) and Andy Samberg. All of which display a wonderful bunch of 'geeky hairstyles' - a clear standpoint on standing out (which I can only applaud).

We see it in television as well with 'the Big Bang Theory' gang where geeks have rockstar-like status, and Ugly Betty. Even the reality show 'Beauty and the Geek has changed our stereotyped outlook on the 'geek'.

To me it has been long in the making -starting with 'That 70's show's Eric & 'Friends' Ross -escalating slowly to become more significant.... but I might be wrong -what do you think?



Default avatar cat
Jun 21, 2009 4:50PM EDT

I agree that it's great. It's about time that tv showcased that you don't have to be the football player to get the girl, and you can have a brain and still be cool. You're right, it's definitely more prevalent now that it used to be.
I think HIMYM highlights some geekiness, too. Ted's not your typical movie hero guy. He's "sensitive" and a bit geeky. I love it. Not to mention Marshall. He's pretty silly and geeky, too, and it makes me love him all the more.

Default avatar cat
Sep 18, 2009 2:14AM EDT

First one of all, was Peter Parker... there are so many these days: John Dorian (JD), Seth Cohen, Malcolm Wilkerson, Michael Bluth, Dan Humphrey, Chuck Bartowski, etc... though it's not that much of a new concept, it just became a popular one.

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