If you love books and you love TV, chances are you love television characters who are readers. After all, the minute someone says "I love reading," you can't help but identify with them. Plus, you can get some great book recommendations by remembering what book they're holding when some crazy TV plot is happening, or by pausing to try and read what titles they've got on their bookshelf.
Even if the television character has different taste in books than I have, I can't help but feel an instant rush of love for characters who just want to sit in a corner and read their book. I think it's safe to say that the best characters on television are the characters who would scold you for watching TV when you could be reading a book. They're the characters who would gladly spend an entire afternoon perusing a bookstore with you, and would leave you notes filled with recommendations for what you should read next. The one sad thing about these characters is that they only exist on screen, but sometimes it's enough just to appreciate the following times when they loved reading (almost) as much as you do.
1. When Rory Gilmore Loved The Smell Of Books
Rory Gilmore loved reading, and never passed up a chance to enjoy a great book. But for me, her most relatable moment was when she walked into the library and deeply inhaled the scent of books. Admit it: you've definitely done that. More than one time. Because, as Rory says — nothing smells like that! Nothing!
2. When Jess Mariano Gave Rory Book Recommendations
Another Gilmore Girls bookworm, Jess Mariano was almost more obsessed with reading than Rory was. And not only did he read books that she recommended, he made sure she knew which books to read from his suggestions. Team Jess forever.
3. When Blanca On OITNB Voiced The Inner Struggle Of Bookworms Everywhere
Blanca: "I like reading more than I like living my actual life."
4. When Marge Asks Lisa If She's Sad Because Of A Book Character
I showed my mom this scene from The Simpsons and burst out laughing, because we've had this exact conversation: Lisa is upset, and Marge immediately asks if a book character is having difficulties. Yes, we book-lovers get emotionally invested in the lives of fictional characters. I completely understand you, Lisa.
5. When Sawyer Saves The Books In Lost
If you were stranded on an island, you'd want books as company — and Sawyer did, too. He had an amazing collection of books, and was always reading. Because you could try to explore the creepy island, or you could just sit in the sand like Sawyer and read.
6. When Donna Meagle Shipped Herself With A Book Character
Donna from Parks and Recreation: "Oh, I love any book about vampires, werewolves, monsters, zombies, sorcerers, beasties or time-traveling romances. And if I had an hour alone with Robert Pattinson, he would forget all about Skinnylegs McGee. I'll tell you that much." Donna FTW.
7. When Cosima Always Has A Science Book In Hard
You can't be as smart as Cosima from Orphan Black without reading a few books. She's rarely seen without a textbook or some kind of science manual nearby, and that's why Cosima knows everything: she's a total bookworm.
8. When Alex Dunphy Says You're Never Alone If You Have Books
Books count as friends. Alex Dunphy knows.
9. When Willow Loved Reading (Almost) As Much As You Did
Buffy might be the protagonist of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but Willow was your hero because she was so obsessed with books. She was friends with the school librarian, and she was so smart because she spent so much time researching and reading from dusty tomes. #Goals
10. When Tyrion Lannister Gives Some Great Advice
Tyrion from Game of Thrones knows what's up: "A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. That is why I read so much."
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