Friday Fanfic Recs: Nerd!Derek

It’s Friday! I’m bringing back my fanfic recommendations! This week, it’s Teen Wolf, mostly because it’s my current obsession, and I have a backlog of hundreds of fics bookmarked from the fandom. So, for this week, I’ve selected a few of my favorite nerdy Derek fics, (Stiles/Derek in nature, because Sterek) and nothing is better than Derek being a total and utter nerd.

Here is Derek being a nerd in high school. Prepare for supreme dorkdom!

seems to me it’s chemistry by HalfFizzbin

Summary: Awkward Nerd Derek has been crushing on Handsome Jock Stiles since forever—so getting paired with him on a Chemistry project is definitely the best/worst thing that’s ever happened to him.

Words: 4153

This is my favorite, by far, of all the nerd!Derek fics. It is also a big contender for my favorite “Derek is an Eternal Failure” fics. Because… he is. He is delightfully awkward and has only the barest grasp on social skills. He’s also completely and totally in love with Stiles.

But the best part, the very best part?

This fic is illustrated.

Oh my goodness, yes folks! It’s like an entire story book of delicious high school emo angst and manpain! I just and love it so much; go read it right now!


Oh, and it has a sequel (sadly, not illustrated, but perhaps that will change someday):

positively charged by HalfFizzbin

Summary: Derek takes Stiles home to meet his family.

It’s a terrible idea.

Words: 3379

Not only is this sickeningly sweet, it’s also smutty! Yay for porn! A perfect end for such a wonderful fic.

(Also, I love that both Stiles and Derek are giant dorks. Dorks just do it for me, okay?)


Why don’t you say so? By sassywerewolfuncle

Summary: Talia Hale has a plan. Derek will go to the Winter Formal and he will ask the Stilinski boy to dance, and they will finally get their heads out of their asses and her son will stop moping around the house in his underwear.

Spoiler: Derek doesn’t ask Stiles to dance.

Words: 8079

This one, like most high school fics, is filled with miscommunication and pining. Also, Derek isn’t just a nerd, he’s a complete and utter dork. (Full on, writing angsty emo poetry dork). And Stiles is… decidedly sweet.

Also, I absolutely love Isaac and Derek as best bros. 😀


And here are two stories of Derek being a nerd at college. (Or maybe just anti-social?)

Losers by stilinskisparkles

Summary: Where Derek is new to college, eager to spend his time learning, and Stiles is everything he didn’t want in a room mate. He’s loud, he’s into sports, and he keeps trying to make Derek do things.

Or, the one where Derek falls for a jock, Erica will cut you if you disturb her studying, and Jackson is a closeted romantic who pretends to hate everything.

Words: 34234

Stiles is a jock. Derek is a nerd. They eventually fall in love.

It’s good, okay? Sometimes you just need to read something that fits all your expectations. 😀


It’s Called a Heart Boner by RemainNameless

Summary: In which everyone and everything ever in the history of the world is trying to ruin Derek’s life before he can finish his master’s, especially his evil twin sister, his weird ability to start relationships on accident, his best friend’s obsession with his sex life, people with dimples, his subsequent inability to end relationships, manipulative sorority queens, and oh yeah, that stupid drunk ass freshman he keeps running into.


The five times Derek saves a very drunk Stiles and the one time Stiles saves him back.

Words: 26784

This one had a very heavy presence of Laura Hale all throughout the fic, even though she doesn’t really appear in person until the end. Main plot aside (of Derek and Stiles slowly gravitating towards each other until the realize “holy crap, we should be boyfriends”) I love Derek and Laura’s relationship. Hands down, this is one of my favorite Laura fics.

And the line for which the fic was named?

What’s it called when you want to fuck someone but also eat tacos with them and watch movies? Derek texts to Laura.

The reply comes half a minute later: I think it’s called a heart boner.

Totally worth it.


Got a nerd!Derek fic of your own, or know of any you would recommend? Send me a link in the comments: I’d love to see what you guys have!

Next week? Pornstars, baby. Pornstars.



Author: Eris O'Reilly

I'm a writer, artist, knitter, crocheter, cat wrangler, zombie hunter, and law enthusiast. Also, I am a complete and utter fangirl. I like silliness.

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