I have compiled a short list of some of my favorite geek-culture romances. What are your favorite geek-culture romances? I had a long list but did my best to keep it short and list the ones very near-and-dear to my heart. In no particular order:
1. Craig and Raina of the Graphic Novel “Blankets”
This will forever be one of the most moving and visually appealing reads I have ever had the pleasure of coming across. It’s one of those reads that is so real and relatable it almost physically pains you to finish, and when you do finish you’re left thinking about it days after. It’s a coming of age story about first love and first heartbreak, sexuality and spirituality. Blankets is one of those reads that changed my literary life so much, I ask everyone I get to know and care about if they’ve read it, and if they haven’t, I lend it to them or buy them a copy.
2. Zidane Tribal and Garnet Alexandros of Final Fantasy 9
First, this is my favorite Final Fantasy. Hands down, no contest. I could replay this every month for the rest of my life. It’s a quirky fantasy story set in a magical and medieval setting. Zidane is part of a band of thieves, sent to the kingdom of Alexandria to kidnap their princess: Garnet Alexandros. Garnet is a fairly unconventional princess. She is sharp, witty, rowdy and it turns out, she wants to be kidnapped. Before Zidane can physically kidnap her himself, she approaches him demanding he kidnap her “right away”.
From here they embark on an amazing journey where they make new friends and enemies, encounter spirits and monsters, fly on airships and every character is on their own journey of self discovery. At one point in the story, Zidane inspires Garnet so much, she cuts her hair short and goes by the alias “Dagger”. I wont spoil the ending of the game, but I will say it is worth a play.
3. Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa of Star Wars
Star Wars is iconic, and I believe so is Han and Leia’s relationship through out the series. Both characters have sharp tongues and a lot to say – which results in both a passionate and at times hilarious relationship. Growing up I wanted to be Princess Leia so bad. I just thought she was so tough and fantastic. I wanted a guy just like Han Solo to keep me on my toes. Their relationship is elaborated much more in the books. Did you know they have twins? Yup. Jaina and Jacen.
4. Kitty Pryde ( Shadowcat ) and Piotr Rasputin ( Colossus )
I think it’s obvious I am probably the biggest Kitty Pryde fan. Ever. I was also always a big Colossus fan. So when they hooked up I was pretty elated. Kitty loved Piotr blindly and faithfully for who he was, and while Piotr reciprocated, it wasnt with the same passion. In Secret Wars, Piotr falls in love with an Alien women named Zsaji, she eventually died, but when Piotr returned to earth, he broke up with Kitty. They remained friends, but as in most situations like this, were more aloof around each other. At one point, Kitty had to exploit Piotr for the sake of mission, and while she hated doing it, the thought of how badly he had hurt her made her go through with it. At another point in the story, Piotr beats up Kitty’s current boyfriend, Pete Wisdom, showing he still has feelings for her. Unfortunately Piotr dies later on, and Kitty has to spread his ashes back home.
He is later brought back by Joss Whedon ( a huge Kitty Pryde fan ) in Astonishing X-Men and he and Kitty rekindle their relationship passionately. At this point, and it pains me to say it, Kitty is not “dead” but trapped in a giant bullet that is currently phasing through the earth. Kitty gave herself up to save the planet, shortly after she and Colossus worked things out. They simply cant catch a break.
5. Peter Parker ( Spider-Man ) and Mary Jane Watson
Ooooh, Mary Jane. How jealous of you I was when I was 6 years old and in love with Spider-man. I’ve since got over it and love their whole dynamic. Girl next door and secret super-hero; how perfect. I love that Peter, a true nerd, fawned after his friend and neighbor for years, and that she was always so warm and understanding with him. She is an A+ broad and I love that through all their trials and tribulations, kidnappings and various other otherworldly mishaps, they can end up together. You know you’ve got the perfect girl when she keeps your identity a secret and packs you a lunch before you jump out of your 10 story window in a spider costume.
* Brock and every Nurse Joy ever
For a Pokemon Trainer that specializes in Rock-type Pokemon, he sure has a soft spot for the ladies. Brock would lose his damn mind whenever in the vicinity of a Nurse Joy. I’d put money down that he would take his Pokemon to a health center even when they weren’t sick, just to see a Nurse Joy. Brock claims he can tell all the identical Nurse Joys apart. That is how much he loves them. Although, he often has to be restrained around them by a friend – thats how much he loves them.