What’re You Reading: Cat Grant from ‘Supergirl’

Fangirlish writers adore their fictional characters. We all have our favorites from a variety of television shows especially. So in a fit of genius or insanity because we are all fannishly busy stressing over making sure readers have preview guides, recaps and a multitude of opinions on these television universes; now we’re going to combine our passion for reading with fangirling TV — by figuring out what our favorite characters would be reading and why you should be reading those books. Not only that, Fangirlish created a Goodreads account and we will be opening up the discussion there and taking suggestions for which fictional persons you would like bookishly profiled.

Force of nature Cat Grant, the boss and surprising maternal figure of Supergirl is up next. Cat’s a smart woman, a powerful woman. A woman who runs an empire. You think she got there without not just reading, but studying? Think again. She’s probably read more than all of us combined, and just because she’s not at the top is not reason to stop, no. Cat isn’t the type to quite while she’s ahead, so she’s probably still reading, still learning, still striving to be the best at everything she does.

So, what does a woman like Cat Grant read? Here’s are my best attempts at answering that exact question:

  1. Behind The Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. Because this book is perfectly crafted and meticulously researched, and that would appeal to the journalistic side of Cat Grant – and also, because it was written by a woman who in one way or another, does the same job as her, so it’s certainly something Cat needs to form an opinion on.
  2. Hard Choices by Hilary Rodham Clinton. Cat would like biographies, especially biographies of people who are alive and whom she probably knows and has had the chance to interview. It would be half admiration, half fact-checking.
  3. Play it as it Lays by Joan Didion. A ruthless dissection of American Life in the 60’s, with a strong female protagonist, this would appeal to both the Cat that wants to escape the pitfalls of being a woman and to the one that desperately wants women to be better.
  4. Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine. Just the type of book to throw in the face of everyone who even tries to suggest women can’t or shouldn’t do something. Cat would have a copy of this in her office, and I don’t think she’d be above actually throwing it if she needed to.
  5. The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever, by Teri Agins. Because it’s interesting. It’s history. And Cat is the type to not just remember where she’s started, but to take the good parts of every thing she’s lived through, and move forward.

Agree? Disagree? Have any other books you think our resident hacker would be reading? Join us on Goodreads as we discuss this exact thing. And, of course, check out our profile and be sure to let us know what character you want to see profiled next!

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