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“The Spectacular Now” and the Problem With Geek Girls on Film

But The Spectacular Now includes that thing that some folks are loathe to credit —a real, honest-to-goodness pretty geek girl. Aimee Finicky (Shailene Woodley) playing the female lead, knows her geometry and is in French club and is generally smart the way geeks are smart. She’s also socially awkward the way geeks are awkward—she doesn’t drink, has never had a boyfriend, giggles painfully whenever she talks, and performs bizarre conversational segues at family dinners. And if those clues aren’t enough, she’s into manga. Case closed.

[ via The Atlantic ]

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