What Your Favorite Nerd Hero Says About You
Loving Joss Whedon is like breathing air. You just gotta. Okay, you don’t gotta. The man’s definitely not flawless (there’ve been missteps and his female characters aren’t always the best), but you love the entire pantheon and worlds he’s created. If you love Joss Whedon, you’re a fast talker. You love sarcasm and sass. You live to drop a good pop culture reference. What you really want is a good, diverse group of friends who all talk and think like you so you can gallivant about having adventures and saying your snappy dialogue.
You’re a mystery. If you want to go into life knowing what the “Big Reveal” will be at the end, then you probably don’t enjoy the works of JJ Abrams. Why not enjoy the weirdness and stop looking into things so hard? You love reusing your friends…I mean, hanging out with the same people. That’s cool. They’re reliable and awesome. You can sort of go between two worlds — the mainstream, action-y life and the weirder sci-fi arena. Maybe you stroll between two social groups. Somehow you make it work though.
Chris Hardwick is the king of nerds, wrapping all nerdiness into one small package. If he’s your favorite, it kind of means you don’t have a favorite. But that’s not a bad thing. You’re just enthusiastic and excitable. You like them all. You’re like a kid in a geek candy shop. You want to roll around in Doctor Who toys, bear-hug Star Trek actors, and podcast your life away. Your nerdiness is more than a phase or hobby, it’s your life.
Worshiping comic book god Stan Lee is the right choice. If he’s your favorite, it means you respect tradition and honor. Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and Thor among others. You, as a nerd, are old-school. You feel it’s important to know the basics and to have a strong foundation before running off to the newer and shinier things being created. Good for you.
JK Rowling is the Queen of the world, obviously, but liking her makes you sort of a mainstream nerd. I mean, who doesn’t love Harry Potter? That being said, there are different degrees of Potter-loving. If you’re running around playing live action Quidditch, correcting people on minute details about minor characters and sporting a Dark Mark tattoo, you are certainly next level. Those that love Rowling are devoted and dedicated. They are loyal (you’d have to be to wait for seven books and eight movies). Their love is unconditional. All is well.
I love you. Let’s get married. The day a person discovers Carl Sagan and devours Cosmos is a day I wish I could relive for the first time every day. Carl Sagan as your favorite nerd hero means you’re a thinker with a little weird sense of humor. You’re also a prolific, hard worker. Anyone who can appreciate a man who wrote more than 600 scientific papers and published 20 books, must be someone who likes to get work done. You also LOVE a good turtleneck. As well you should.
You’re a political nerd. You love history and feminism and you probably stayed in and studied a lot during college. You love to enter any argument with the feminist perspective (which duh, why not!) and you’ve got a trove of historical knowledge a Jeopardy contestant would be jealous of. Since Eleanor was a strong advocate for human rights, you probably work with nonprofits or do some volunteering. Overall, you’re a good person. Better than all of us. Congratulations.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
You are somehow a popular kid against all odds. Cool people appreciate what you’re able to bring to the table because you do it in an accessible and hip way. Everyone wants to be your friend — Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Bill Maher. You’re so smooth and awesome and trusted by everyone, you even get to host a sequel to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. You’re basically able to somehow be a nerd, but still talk to the people at large. That takes skills, man.
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It started with a right swipe, a little green heart. Tinder of course.
Though I acknowledge and appreciate the differences in human experiences, and while your heartbreak is (and always will be) uniquely and completely your own, I must urge you to consider that I have been where you are.
With his hat cocked back, body tilted away from his cane, and right forefinger pointing directly at his audience, Joseph Ducreux commands the attention of those viewing his self-portrait.
I was born in 1990; he was born in 1973. I’m 23; he just turned 40.