I loathe glurgy songs anyway, and that includes glurgy love songs, especially ones that verge on creeper-stalker. So I give youMovies do this too. The stereotype is the uptight librarian who wears big black-rimmed glasses and scrapes her hair back in a bun, until some man takes away her glasses (thereby leaving her blind!) and takes down her hair. And TA-DA! She's a raving beauty. And now that some man loves her, she quits the job at the boring old library and prepares to spend the rest of her life worshiping at his altar, because she's so touched that he thinks she's beautiful. (Every old-maid librarian evidently does this job because it's something to fill her endless drab hours until she can go home to her cat and her empty apartment.)
- Lady in Red
- Wonderful Tonight
- Everything I Do I Do It For You
- Your Body is a Wonderland
- the aforementioned Hero
But this hit on a number of reasons why those songs bug the stuffing out of me:
Most old maid librarians would LOVE to go home to their cat and their empty apartment because we are exhausted after a long day of "guess my question" or "deal with my emotional disability"...unfortunately, we usually belong to various social groups that demand our time after work because, you know, we just have that cat and an empty apartment to worry about.
I do remember one episode of an old anthology type show (on the order of Love Boat, not Night Gallery) in which a character went around presenting people with checks they had won in some sort of famous lottery. In this episode, the young heroine was a librarian and she won several million, got everything fixed up and tightened (and since she was a popular TV star at the time, she didn't need to have any of that done) so she could attract some wonderfully handsome man that came in to the library all the time but didn't pay her any mind.
At the end of the ep. she found out he was a creep and she went crawling back to her job, just in time to realize that her bespectacled male coworker was very handsome....when she took his glasses off. It was a cute role reversal, but still the continuation of a stereotype.