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TV Trop | Cool Girl

Why does she eat burgers and not get fat, and can also fix a car and support any of the men's themes?
Author of the article: Tatiana Zhakova
Journalist, linguist, teacher of storytelling with 10 years of experience
In 2015 she created and promoted her project about Nizhny Novgorod,, after which she created a course called "Storytelling: How to Tell Your Story" based on it. Over 4,000 students have taken the course.

A linguist by education, she quickly masters new areas. Now she is actively studying screenwriting and storytelling in movies/serials, and writes about it in her project's blog.
She's just adorable!

She drinks beer, eats chips, and doesn't get fat at all. She loves soccer, knows her way around cars, and looks the way any man would turn in her direction. She is smart, witty, and easygoing. She is familiar to us from many movies and TV series, which we girls have watched until the holes to uncover the secret of her flawlessness. And men have watched a few more times to enjoy the actual worthwhile babe.

That's all she is - the COOL GIRL, the trope of storytelling.

A trope is an artistic device in storytelling. It is a collection of several factors that form a character/phenomenon. And that character is something we encounter in different movies/books/series.

Our brain identifies that there is something in common, but unless we know for sure the name of the trope and its characteristics, we can hardly explain it

So, the characteristics of the CLASS GIRL:
  • It looks great.
  • "Her Own" with the guys
  • Working in a prestigious job
  • Can support any conversation about soccer, cars, and other "male" interests
  • Never demands anything.
  • Self-sufficient and independent
  • Does not have a pronounced personality
  • Loves beer and burgers, but doesn't get fat at all
  • Doesn't do anything at all to look fabulous
  • Not "doing" a man's brain
  • There is no
Yes, that's right! In reality, we will never meet such a GREAT GIRL, because she is a figment of a man's imagination, a male projection that we look at through the eyes of the protagonist. She does not exist in real life, she was created by men, because they would like such a woman to exist, so that they could kiss her.

That she would be easy and simple, that she wouldn't challenge them or make them work on themselves. And a lot of young women, seeing such GREAT GIRLS in movies and TV shows think that this is the norm, and there's just something wrong with them. Because they don't look like Megan Fox or fix cars with one hand.
Examples of the trail of the Cool Girl:
  • Mikaela Baines, Transformers
  • Robin, How I Met Your Mother
  • Natasha Romanov (Black Widow), The Avengers
  • Kate Austin, "Lost."
  • Mary, "Everybody's crazy about Mary."
  • Odile, The Black Swan
As you can see, these GIRLS are usually played by amazing movie actresses, real stars:

Megan Fox, Mila Queens, Cameron Diaz, Scarlett Johansson,

who absolutely do not neglect beer in life and are not "comfortable" versions of women for men.

The term was first used by writer Gillian Flynn in her novel "The Disappeared," where the main character Amy discusses how tired she is of pretending to be such a girl for everyone.

As a rule, CLASS GIRL is contrasted with another trope - GIRLY GIRL in the English version. You can read an article about this trope here.

The one who, like Reese Witherspoon in "Legally Blonde," wears pink, runs a sorority, has her own beliefs about life and will never carry her own packages if a man is walking by. And she won't open the door herself.

Not like a GREAT GIRL! She will calmly push the door with her foot, and then laugh with her friends, sexually twisting a broken lock on her finger.

How realistic is it to meet a COOL GIRL in life?

In general, yes, indeed, many girls behave this way: conveniently, meekly, understandingly. But, as a rule, they do it in order to adjust to a man and start building a relationship with him. When the relationship (or marriage) begins, another path is already in motion.

When a woman shows her personality, she stops being so "cool" and stops fitting perfectly into a man's world. Which is actually a good thing, because personally, I have never seen a harmonious union where one of the partners is hammering his individuality and trying to be comfortable. It's all a lie on which no happiness can be built.

As for the movie CRAZY GIRLS, they eventually transformed into CRAZY MOTHERS, the same ones who now single-handedly keep order at home, raise three children, work remotely and look just like Megan Fox. And now they have migrated in abundance from the screen to our Instagrams!

Which feminine trope to take apart next - GIRL GIRL or CLASS MOTHER?