Thursday, May 04, 2006

Impotent Fury

I have no access to my email. It's killing me.

I write Romance: B(u)y the Book for an internet company, and they have an awesome process set up to keep their system from crashing should one of their users' computers get a virus or something. I think I've got "or something."

Anyway, now I have to schlep my laptop in to get the Helpdesk guys to make it all better.

Can I tell you how much I love going in to see these guys? They've got this, like, subterraneal lair -- very dark, lanterns, holiday lights, with cool stuff on the walls, giant cardboard cutouts, and an enormous papier mache fish hanging from the ceiling. Every Friday at 2p they watch a movie.

They're also wicked smart, which I think is the coolest. And funny and nice. Nerds in the very best sense of the word.

Do you think Nerds are kinda sexy?
Who's your favorite nerdy character from a romance?
Encore! The romance novel that started me on my path to creating Romance: B(u)y the Book was Vicki Lewis Thompson's "The Nerd Who Loved Me."
Encore due! CosmoChick Michele Hauf guestblogs right here next week! Her "Rhiana" releases this month.


Julie in Ohio said...

LOL, I have loved these "Nerd" books from Vicki Thompson. My DH got me "Nerd Gone Wild" as a joke and I have been hooked since.

So to answer your question, yes I think nerds can be sexy. Anyone with a brain and who uses it, is sexy.
I can't think of any names right now but the hero from "Nerd Gone Wild" has a special place in my heart. He reinvented himself into a hottie then had to pretend to be a nerd again for a job. I think that was brave of him (who wants to go back to being someone you didn't like?).


Valeen said...

Is 'Nerd Gone Wild' the one where the hero has to play the butler? That was a good one.

I've followed VLT's Nerds since the first one came out ... and its my favourite. I found David to be an absent-minded, fashionless, sterotypical nerd and it was fun to watch him struggle to win the girl.

Monica Burns said...

OMIGOD!! I love Daniel from Stargate!! He's soooo adorable! Thanks for the memories of that GREAT movie Michelle!

I don't have any favorite romance nerds that I can think of :( But I can tell you what I like. I love the diamond in the rough type. They're the sexiest of all. The ones that look and act so totally geeky and yet when they clean up...Oh my, oh my.


Julie in Ohio said...

No, 'Nerd Gone Wild' is the one up in Alaska where hero is a PI in disguise as an attorney trying to straighten out heroine's grandma's estate.
I think the one you are thinking of is 'The Nerd Who Loved Me', set in Vegas?

I just found out that while I was sleeping there were 2 more nerd books out. "Talk Nerdy to Me" and "Nerds Like It Hot"

Looks like a trip to Amazon is in order.

Kris said...

"Talk nerdy to me" is one of my favorites in the series, very funny and sexy. My favorite nerd heros in movies are Daniel from Stargate (I love that first kiss with his wife) and Elliot from Bedazzled (It might just be Brendan Frasier thing too).

Manda Collins said...

I've only read GONE WITH THE NERD and loved it. Need to get the other ones pronto.

My favorite movie nerd is Dr. David Huxley in BRINGING UP BABY. Who knew Cary Grant could pull off being a nerd? But he does it beautifully. Also loved Giles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

I love the VLT nerds, TNWLM being my fave. I love how nervous he got around the hn. But the book was so funny; the h's father created viagra. VLT muses on this funny, naughty stuff that we all talk about with our girlfriends. The stuff we just blurt out followed by a, "well, I just had to say it!"

I didn't know about NLIH, JulieO. I'll see if VLT will come blog for us in August when it's out.

Valeen: so you get it. The nerds are supposed to be stereotypical. That's what we expect, and why we like to see them get the girl anyway. I get frustrated when people are like: oh, all the books are the same, and it's just a cardboard cut-out nerd character.

Duh! That's like saying we could ever get tired of the brash, gruff alpha warlord tossing his virgin bride down on the marriage bed on their wedding night and having his selfish way with yher because he's convinced she's not a virgin.

Uh. Maybe I'm the one who never tires of that. My bad.

Anyway, the series is about Nerd.s That's why we like it and whyy we buyy it.

And I do love the diamond/rough thing, too, Monica.

I like that the VLT nerds always really know their essential worth, even if they aren't happy with their packaging. ( I said Packaging, Vivi, if you're checking in. NOT packages).

Heyy, Kris! Love Brendan. sigh. And glad you guys like reminiscing re Stargate...

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

we overlapped Manda! Cary. sigh. great nerd.

Michele said...

HOpe your email is up and running soon!

I've only read one of her books, And I do believe it was TNWLM.
I think I originally picked it up because of the play on words from a James Bond title. I'm a sucker for those.
Gets me every time.

Other than that. I don't know any nerds that are romantic heros. I remember the movie Sneakers. It was an action film, but they were all nerdy, weren't they?
Even the Goonies - although for the younger set - is a great example of "nerdy" - when given a chance, they shine. They can be heroes and "save the day".
We relate to that because there is an "inner nerd" in all of us. And to see/read/hear one come out on top to win the girl(boy)/day/treasure, is a self-affirming moment.
Worth our time to check out when done right.

And yep, I agree. The original Stargate was yummy.

Julie in Ohio said...

How about Evie (Rachel Weiz) in the Mummy and Sandra Bullock in Love Potion #9? I wouldn't normally think they could pull off the nerd vibe but they did it. Another one is Audrey Hepburn at the beginning of Sabrina. She looked like a nerd but then went to Paris and glammed right up. A terrific transformation.

I have decided that if you put a pair of big black glasses on anyone they would be able to look the part. Viggo or Brad, anyone?

Lucy Monroe said...

Oh, I had to weigh in on this one (please, nobody notice that I'm seconds from done with my online time today...) because I *love* nerd heroes!!! Jayne Ann Krentz has been doing them beautifully for years! And Sherrilyn Kenyon did a nerd in a novella that I thought was one of the yummiest heroes I'd ever met. I don't normally do this, you all know I don't, but the truth is - my favorite nerd is Simon from "The Real Deal" because he's so much like my hubby. I didn't see it until the book was done, but then I sat back and went, "Like, whoah..." LOL

I keep meaning to read VLT's nerds, 'cuz I love those titles. And Daniel Jackson in both the Stargate movie and series is a delicious hero type. :)

Back to my cave...

Lucy :)

Kelley Nyrae said...

I also pick Simon from "The Real Deal". He is one of my all time favorite heros. I loved that book. He was so sexy.

The only VLT book I have read was TNWLM. I have gone with the nerd, but havent read it yet.

Julie in Ohio said...

Other than VLT's books I can't think of any other nerdy heros but I remembered a book by Julia Quinn "Dancing at Midnight" where the heroine was thought to be a beauty but because of her bluestocking ways nobody wanted to marry her. Ok, to be fair she was pretty picky,too.

Julie in Ohio said...

Does anyone remember the movie "Real Genius"? Val Kilmer played a rather sexy nerd.

That just goes to prove my previous statement: put a pair of big black glasses on anyone and they transform into nerdsville.

Michele said...

Oh WOW, do I remember Real Genius? I have it on tape!!!
That's one movie that has re-watchability. I kind of liked the guy who lived in the basement with all the cool gadgets. He was a nerd puppy - I just wanted to cuddle him. Val on the other hand ..nothing so innocent, *wink*

Hmmm nerds in movies.. Spiderman comes to mind. Batman - sure he was rich,but I think he had issues, Superman - nerd disguise was very effective , Now that I think of it, the Nerd Disguise has been used quite a lot! Were it not for this post, I don't think I would have ever given it a thought.
How strange.
And most movies come from books.
Hey, wasn't there a movie with John Ritter? He was a regular dad, he kids didn't respect him, thought he was a real wimp. There was a macho character involved somewhere, but, when push came to shove and his family was on the line, he ultimately found his "inner man" and made himself as well as his family , proud.
What was that movie????

Julie in Ohio said...

Michele, I remember a movie with Tim Allen with that synopsis called "Joe Somebody", but I can't think of a movie with John Ritter except "Problem Child."

Vivi Anna said...

Oh, I love nerds in real life. I really really want to date an accountant that wears a suit and glasses during the day, but when I get them alone....oh yeah, you know what's coming...they are super freaks in the bedroom!

LOL, and of course Michelle I knew you said packaging.... ;-)

Rach said...

I ADORE nerds!! My husband was such a HUGE geek in high school (still is in fact), but my goodness, what a hottie he is (bedroom too *wink*). I love brainy people, and you know people say that the brain is the biggest sex organ of them all. So, does that mean nerds with the biggest brains are the best in bed???

As for favorite nerds, well, I've especially enjoyed all of VLT's guys =).

Michele said...

Julie in Ohio, I found the John Ritter Movie:

Plot Summary for
Real Men (1987)
Jim Belushi plays a super-competent secret agent on the trail of Russian thugs. John Ritter plays a milquetoast dad who gets mixed up in the caper. The story follows their adventures over the course of a week, in which Ritter develops some guts and Belushi gets in touch with his sensitive side.

I knew there was a nerd in there somewhere!!!

Stacy~ said...

I do like the English professor type. I'm thinking of the song by the police "Don't Stand So Close to Me". Okay, it's a little heavy of the Lolita vibes, but the whole idea of messing around with your teacher (provided you're of age and he's not married) is pretty hot. It's just so naughty - straight-laced and conservative teacher goes wild in the stacks with the bad girl student who needs a little tutoring....whoa, sorry. Got a little distracted there...

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

I smell "naughty English schoolroom fantasy!"

I once had a crush on this very menschy, nerdy asst prof in my music dept. I was, like 18. Oooh, this was so naughty for me...

I bought a 45, yes I'm frikkin that old, of that song and covered the label. Just wrote: Play side A. You're really hot. Or something ridiculous that I thought was really sexy. Cause I was reading Cosmopolitan, dontchya know. I got the keys to the faculty mailroom and left the record in his mailbox.

That's it. That's my story. So who was the nerd in that scenario, I ask you?

Lolita/Nabokov = stunning novel = creepy.

Huzzah, Michele! You get today's RBtheBrilliant Research Prize. Enjoy reveling in the fact that you are now as nerdy as the rest of us. Sure you really wanna keep hanging here?

Excellent correlation (sp), JulieO. Glasses = Brainy.

Stace: I think a man with a big brain qualifies as Big in All Ways.

Lucy, glad you dug out to say hi! And it's so cool you have a hero husband and a husband hero.

Vivi, I can always count on you.

Buona sera, bellas!

Stacy~ said...

Oh, I forgot to mention that James Spader looks adorably clueless in this picture. Don't you just wanna take him home and mess him up a bit, or is that just me?

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

Oh, without a doubt! Nerds are awesome. Because beneath that intellectual and braniac exterior lies a true heart of gold. As long as they don't cross the line to "geek" they're perfect. And once they warm up to you...look out! :)

I can't think of a nerd from a romance *book*, but I can't help but think of Clark Kent/Superman. The bumbling way he acted around Lois as Clark but the calm, cool & collected manner as Superman. Then, the confident lover he turned out to be. Whoa!

Yeah, nerds are the way to go. *g*

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

No, Stace, it's so not just you.

Welcome, Tiff/Amber! Definitely Clark. Did you like C. Reeves or Dean Cain? Or the old ones? I agree with the line bet geek and nerd. Though, I guess geeks need love, too... hope you write in a gain.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

I was going to write: T/A to give you a blog nickname, but T/A signifies something off-color. I'll stick with Tiff/Amber!

I really appreciate what you've written about your journey with reading and writing Inspy (i know another cool romance term now. hooray!)

You not only show respect for your sub-genre and fellow-writers, but the rest of us here. You're clear about what you are comfortable reading, yet make no judgement of what others read.

If that were the case, and let me extend the argument to today's inspy books in general, readers unfamiliar w/ the sub-g would be turned off. Folks who aren't Christain can feel "unworthy" or "preached to," and shy from inspy books for that reason.

Even folks who practice Christian faiths can feel they're not "Christian enough," that they don't meet the standard of Christianity of those writing and reading the books.

I like what you and Deeanne and Tamera are saying, the voice you're giving Inspirational/Christian romance. You're doing the same thing w/in the genre we try to do w/ the Outside World. Show what our books are, rather than what they aren't.

I hope you and your readers continue to visit to shar your ideas with us.

Julie in Ohio said...

Thank you, Michele. I forgot all about "Real Men". That was a good movie if my memory serves. I think it's time to take a step back in time and rewatch all those movies.

Michele said...

You're Welcome! Julie In Ohio!
And.. sounds like a fun idea!
Have fun!

Anonymous said...

I'm married to a nerd and the more nerdy he is (when I hear him talk computers and stuff on the phone), the more sexy I think he is. Intelligence is sexy, and somehow nerdiness brings that out! :-)

Rach said...

You know, I feel very sorry for the nerds who are still in high school because no body (okay, select few) appreciate their nerdliness and how sexy they are going to be. It's a real shame. Glad I snatched mine before somebody else did ;-).