This post contains spoilers about The Avengers that I already spoiled in my previous post regarding the movie so if you skipped that post then you might want to skip this one too if you’re staying spoiler free.
Let me tell you a little story about a phenomena I call “nerd tears”.
It was 2005 and the moment Browncoats had been waiting for was finally here: Serenity was hitting the movie theaters. Many flocked eagerly to the theaters to go see it and I was no different. I think it was a Saturday and I was seeing an early matinee of the movie with some friends. We were really enjoying the movie, cruising along happily until…
After we picked our jaws off the floor and our eyes returned to their normal size, I turned to my friend Nate and said, “Wow, Tyler is going to be pissed.”
Tyler, my fellow collaborator over at Your Book Is Why Daddy Drinks, was a HUGE Wash fan. Huge. Wash was the character he most identified with, the one he talked about after our short-lived, weekly doses of Firefly. Tyler, also, was seeing the movie that same day, only a little later.
Sure enough, two and a half hours later to the dot, I got a text from Tyler with three words: GOD DAMN IT.
With The Avengers coming out, Tyler was once again faced with the possibility of shedding a few nerd tears. You see, he’s a big fan of Agent Philip Coulson and while I never said specifically to Ty what happened, I implied it big time, poking him about how Wash basically got killed by a toothpick the size of a sycamore tree.
To which he calmly replied, “SHUT THE FUCK UP, MATT!”
Nerd tears happen when a geek, so invested in whatever they are geeky about, has an extreme reaction to something involving whatever they are geeky about, typically an angry or sad reaction. If you’re a gamer then you may still be bailing out the geek tears over the Mass Effect 3 ending (the tide of which was so high Betheseda had to go and create more content just to stem the flow). Star Wars fans the world over have shed enough geek tears over Episodes 1-3 to fill the world’s oceans. I’ve shed my own geek tears when I got to the end of Jim Butcher’s Changes, my brother had hot nerd tears of rage when he read what happens to Jon Snow in A Dance with Dragons. Geeks, by definition, are passionate about their interests and nerd tears are a product of that passion.
So, what have you shed nerd tears over?