If you’ve been on the Internet this month, you’re likely more than aware that a little film called The Fault in Our Stars opens Friday (Read EW’s review here), and it’s going to charm its way into your heart whether you like it or not.
What some might be less familiar with is the term “Nerdfighter” that pops up in some of the reviews of that movie. Here, we’re speaking to those of you whose lives don’t revolve around Tumblr, Twitter, and/or high school.
With Fault in Our Stars author John Green hitting an even higher level of mainstream success this week, two EW writers decided to give you some background on one of the most popular communities on the Internet (Hint: It involves John Green). Well, one EW writer is going to explain things; one just has a lot of questions.
ERIN STRECKER: When I say someone identifies as a “Nerdfighter,” what do you think that means?
DARREN FRANICH: Well, if it was written as “nerd fighter” — two words — I would assume it meant a person who has been trained in some arcane anti-nerd fighting skill by some vaguely mystical anti-nerd coalition, like a “vampire hunter” or a “giant killer” or a “dragon slayer.”
However, since it’s just one word, I assume that “nerdfighter” refers to someone who is both a nerd AND a fighter. So, like, I’m picturing a martial artist, but somehow their fighting style is “nerdy” — like, whenever they punch someone, they say something like “HADOUKEN.” Or maybe the “fights” are somehow nonphysical: Like, a “nerdfighter” is someone who “fights” using science and math? So I’m basically picturing a really badass guy or gal with the sleeves of his/her T-shirt cut off to reveal their biceps, who teaches a course at MIT called “Aggro-Mathematics.” Am I close?
ERIN: Not even a little bit. READ FULL STORY