Smexy is happy to have Molly Maddox, author of Alpha here today!
Nerd love is always one of those things portrayed with extreme stereotype in mainstream media. Two bespectacled labrats smirk over brown paper bags and Star Trek lunchboxes in the company breakroom. Two awkward kids slump at movie festivals until, gently, gingerly, they touch hands in the popcorn bucket. Libraries and computer labs fairly crackle with silence and unrequited lust. Sighs, lingering looks, and daydreams abound. As a nerd, myself, I have to say that these romances, while blatantly inaccurate, have their unseemly, simmering, and delightful qualities to them.
“Nerd” isn’t the pejorative term it once was. Compare with the Japanese slang word otaku, which roughly translates as “superfan”: while a badge of honor for those it describes, in mainstream Japanese culture it’s still considered an insult. “Nerd” or “geek” have been similarly reclaimed by Westerners, and, while the dislike of the connotations aren’t as stringent as in Japan, western culture views nerdery as a largely introverted, and thus unproductive, label.
Not true, to any of us who know better. Being a nerd is about community, it’s only natural one would seek out a mate from the inside. That’s true of my wolfman Seamus, an alpha male with some very otaku interests. He’s one of those strapping, feral types, but instead of a Babe-arella she-wolf he lusts and loves after a nerdy human woman who’s fought for years at his side in the struggle against the undead. His love-object, Janey, is a brainy little firecracker who thinks more about movies and killing zombies than about hitching herself to a man, but she has the type of vivid wet dreams that nerds probably invented. Comics, classic cinema, and sci-fi tropes mash up in their bondage-laced romance.
I learned from firsthand experience that nerd-love is the sweetest, it encompasses interest, fantasy, and life all at once. It’s great to not have to mute yourself when you’re with your nerd lover. Like watching hentai? Nothing beats your lover picking it out with you. Like dressing up as a sexy Cylon? It’s fun when your lover can help you get canon-correct costuming.
I’m sure you all know that, though. I know I do.
Alpha by Molly Maddox is available now through Circlet Press.
“Alpha tells the tale of the tempestuous alliance between humans and werewolves fighting to survive after the zombie apocalypse has come to Manhattan. Romance is no fun without some obstacles to overcome, and Janey and Seamus–the leaders of the human resistance and the werewolf pack–have plenty of them in their way, including their groups’ mutual distrust, not to mention zombie attacks.” (Taken from Patricia’s Vampire Notes)
Molly is offering to give away an E-Book of Alpha to one commenter. To enter, just tell us your take on nerd love. Contest open through March 20th and I will announce the winner on Sunday. Thanks Molly!