So, I grew up watching Harry Potter and (the abridged and English dubbed version of) Sailor Moon. As a bookish smartish kid I was often compared to Hermione Granger and Ami or Sailor Mercury. It probably didn't help that I had to wear huge glasses.
Sailor Mercury and Hermione Granger both have some things in common with me: they're smart, they like to read and they have ambition to be something more.
I hated being compared to them. I mean, I admired them and I thought they were pretty awesome, but I didn't want to be just smart. I wanted to be so much more than that and to me, being called Sailor Mercury or Hermione reduced me to just a brain.
I wanted to seen as the fiery Sailor Mars or something else outside of the realm of being just smart.
Looking back I realize that there is so much more to these two women then just their brains. They're people and being intelligent is just one part of them. They use their knowledge to kick ass in the class room and literally.
So, after leaving school at barely sixteen, drifting about for a few years and returning (for real this time) to school last year I'm finally embracing that side of myself. Being smart or intelligent or bookish is pretty awesome. If you use what you have and you work hard you can get somewhere.
If you guys haven't already you should check out the new Sailor Moon series, it's pretty good.
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Anjulie Te Pohe
Founder of Koru Mag | Mookychick contributor | Avid reader and writer of YA | Takatapui (Maori & bi/queer) | She/Them | Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org