Geeks, BDSM And Romance In Delphine Dryden's "The Theory Of Attraction"

It's been a rough couple of weeks here at the RT office. After devouring Delphine Dryden's phenomenal erotic novella "The Theory of Attraction" (and awarding it the July Seal of Excellence Award for best book of the month) all of the RT editors have come down with the nerdiest of maladies — the book hangover. The number one symptom — constant daydreaming about delicious hero Ivan! The story holds a special place in the editor's hearts because of the awesome geek factor which had the book nerds in us (as well as the lovers of The Big Bang Theory) in love. We just had to ask Dryden about her particular brand of geekdom in "The Theory of Attraction," which also includes BDSM and romance. Here is what the author had to say:

It's no secret. I come from a family of geeks. We’re geeks, our friends are geeks, we have big geeky parties where people play role-playing games and argue using four and five syllable words. Nerds, dweebs, poindexters, call us what you will. Collectively, we represent the full geek/nerd spectrum, with engineering and math folks, literature and language folks, and of course a boatload of computer folks. A gathering at any one of our homes looks like a high-tech gadgetry showdown (and sometimes a little like Comic-Con, because we have this annual family-wide “pirates vs. ninjas” shindig where we all wear costumes, and...yeah). These are the ways of my people.

So it was almost embarrassingly easy to conjure characterizations for my nerdy lovers in "The Theory of Attraction." I didn’t have to look for inspiration, it was all around me. If anything, the hard part was filtering out all the material I didn’t need, and making sure I didn’t copy any real people’s mannerisms or appearance too closely. I tried to clear it with folks first when I used something very specific (fortunately, my cousin who does Cami’s job in real life is tickled that her work has been immortalized in this way). I added and subtracted and tweaked to make things less recognizable. But there isn’t an element in the book I’m not personally familiar with to some degree—including the kink. It was mostly just writing what I knew, which was liberating because I didn’t have to throttle back on the characters’ weirdness and overthinking as I typically would. The whole thing was weirdness and overthinking!

Once I decided to go ahead and make Ivan and Cami real geeks, like the geeks I know (and am), I was faced with the problem of how some nerdy girls come across like shy wallflowers (which Cami has been in her time) and some geeky guys come across like arrogant jerks (sorry, Ivan, but it’s true). The path of the nerd can be a rough, lonely road. Extreme introverts don’t suddenly become extroverts through the healing powers of horniness and true love. And the inherent strengths of a nerd—the laser focus, the ability to shut out the world in favor of the life of the mind, to think things through at a level most would never dream possible or necessary—are also the greatest obstacles to overcome when attempting to connect with another human being. In this sense, Ivan and Cami must both play to their weaknesses in order to forge a relationship.

But they still manage to think and feel their way through all that to be together, because that’s just the human condition. People needing people. Even if you think it’s probably all just prompted by our biological imperative to reproduce. Which doesn’t explain the BDSM, but some of us just consider that good clean fun.

Hmm...Comic-Con. Costumes and BDSM. Kinky geek road trip romance! That has potential.

- Delphine Dryden

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