TV Trop: Granola girl

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 the author's course "Storytelling: How to Tell Your Story" on its basis. More than 4,000 students have taken the course.

A linguist by training, she is very quick to master new fields. Now she is actively studying screenwriting and storytelling in films/series, about which she writes in the blog of her project.
Granola girl is a popular image among young women that is evident in their lifestyle and behavior. The term is usually used to describe women who prefer natural products, organic and sustainable food, practice yoga, meditation and are committed to a healthy lifestyle. In filmmaking, such a character may be the protagonist, one of the side characters, or even an anti-heroine.
Granola Girl may face obstacles related to embracing her lifestyle, finding natural and organic foods, difficulty communicating with people who don't share her beliefs, etc.

Granola Girl can also be used as a background character or element in a story to create an atmosphere of healthy living or organic food. For example, she can be shown as a customer in an organic grocery store who interacts with other shoppers and vendors, or as a participant in a healthy food festival where she enjoys organic food and participates in various healthy lifestyle activities.
The term "granola" comes from granola, an American breakfast food consisting of a mixture of grains, nuts, and dried fruit.

The basic qualities of a granola girl:

  • 1
    A Granola girl is usually an independent woman who makes decisions based on her own beliefs and principles.
  • 2
    She believes in the power of healthy living and organic food and is inspired to find new ways to improve her health and well-being.
  • 3
    Attention to the environment
    "Granola girl" usually cares about environmental sustainability and chooses products and resources that do not harm the environment.
  • 4
    She is usually very energetic and exercises to keep herself healthy and fit.
  • 5
    Social responsibility
    "Granola girl" can also be socially active and care about the rights of animals, people and the environment.
  • 6
    She can be described as an optimistic and cheerful character who appreciates every moment of her life and enjoys simple pleasures such as healthy food and exercise.
  • 7
    She can be presented as a unique character who follows her own beliefs and doesn't follow standard patterns and trends.

Examples of Granola girls in movies:

  1. Chloe Sevigny in the movie The Waitress plays a girl named Jenny, who works as a waitress in a café and dreams of opening her own restaurant. She also has a passion for baking and often shares her homemade desserts with her coworkers.
  2. Julie Delpy in Two Days in Paris is a French artist named Marion who meets her American boyfriend in Paris. She has environmental views and does not eat meat, and is also passionate about art and culture.
  3. Zooey Deschanel in the movie "(500) Days of Summer" ((500) Days of Summer) plays a girl named Summer who works in an office and is into music and dancing. She also prefers to wear natural makeup and eco-friendly clothes.
  4. Jennifer Aniston in Life Ahead (Dumplin') is a former beauty named Rosie who now owns a bar in Texas. She inspires the main character, a young girl, to accept herself for who she is and live life to the fullest. Rosie is also passionate about yoga and healthy living.

While the Granola Girls may have different characteristics and attributes, they are usually a symbol of environmental and social responsibility, allowing the viewer to empathize with their plight and admire their principles.