here, because she's got some awesome points and I completely agree with what she's got to say. After reading her post, I started thinking about the topic more, and then I went and saw The Imitation Game this weekend (have you seen it? Wow, what an amazing film! I cried--not ashamed to admit it--learned a ton and love Cumberbatch even more for his amazing acting skills), which led toThe lovely Bish Denham got me started on this topic and you should definitely go and check out her post
Okay, I'm getting ahead of myself. What's got me wound up is the fact that in nearly all instances when a very smart individual is portrayed in film, TV, books, or plays, they are completely socially awkward. Some to the point where interaction is completely impossible. This can be because they view other people as beneath them (Sherlock), or just don't understand people (Alan Turing or Sheldon Cooper), or some other combination of social ineptitude (Bish has a great list, but think Dexter, Monk, The Doctor, etc etc).
IT MAKES ME ANGRY.
I'll admit it. I'm sick of this trope. I know smart people. I'm married to one. I work with them and have studied under them. And the number of social incompetent ones I've met? Maybe one, and I still think that was just a bad day. Sure, people can be quirky, but do ALL smart people have to have this same/similar character flaw? Or is that just how people humanize smart people, to bring them to a level that makes them accessible? (Yeah, that's kind of a low comment, but I wonder, so I'm asking it.)
So here's my plea: the next time you write about a scientist, don't make him "mad." The next time you have a genius character, give him or her a flaw other than debilitating social anxiety. Need a theoretical physicist? Let me know--I can give you all kinds of interesting character traits :) But for the love of Pete, can we let these people be somewhat normal for once? It's sending such a lousy message to our youth that screams "if you're smart, you're going to be weird too!" And not that there's anything wrong with being weird, but it's not a one-to-one correlation!
Now, I'll step down. But I want you to prove me wrong! Where are there super smart characters who aren't suffering from some sort of social issues?