The cool thing I’ve been noticing with many recent contemporaries is this weird and under-the-radar trend going on with all the couples being Science Fiction & Fantasy nerds. That gets my attention. Weird thing is, though, that it’s only until after I’ve read most of them that I figure out these characters are SFF nerds. Except for Spoiler Alert. That one is obvious. This is the type of detail I think many people would enjoy if someone told you ‘yes, these exist’ when publishing isn’t selling that very fascinating aspect.
So here you go. Some of my favorite contemporaries that just so happen to include SFF nerds.
A Lot Like Adios by Alexis Daria
I have a review coming of this soon, but I’m just on such a high after reading this right now! It features a romance between two bisexual Latinx SciFi nerds. More of all of that.
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
Spoiler Alert is another one with some fantasy nerds, and please do go ahead and underline that little tidbit. This book is essentially like a dyslexic Game of Thrones hottie fall for a plus-size GOT fanfiction girl.
You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle
I regret not reading this sooner. This has the superior trope of love-to-hate-to-love. I did not expect to love this as much as I did. I am not a contemporary reader as a whole, and therefore I never really go into a contemporary thinking it’s going to be for me. This one feels different, though. I’m enamored of how it starts with the type of character archetypes people are meant to hate, and then it slowly seduces you into falling for them, flaws and all. There’s a really cute moment where they end up playing an RPG together. It’s SO CUTE.
Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur
Not only is Brendon a nerd for classic Hollywood romcoms, but he’s a science fiction & fantasy nerd. If you like Seattle as a setting or any popular romcom, you’ll love this. It’s also one of those refreshing books that actually have those little embarrassing real-life situations that are honestly relatable.