Of course, we know Meyer's stance on geekdom and the people who programmed her Microsoft Word. Ingrate much?
Also the poor guy seems to be not special enough to deserve a relationship. Whereas in the film it is hinted that he and Angela Weber get together, in the book she has a relationship with Ben Cheney, leaving Eric alone in his geekdom. Because obviously ugly and geeky people don't deserve to be lucky - I mean they don't sparkle or are special in any way - how can anyone possibly love them?
Also, Bella ditched him as a friend in favor of Mike Newton, which we assume is because Mike is sporty and not the "the overly-helpful, geeky, chess club type". She did end up comparing Mike to a dog though, because being nice to Bella when she's trying to wangst is a no no.
Eric Yorkie and Ben Chaney were combined into one character for the film resulting in one character named Eric Yorkie.
Dan Bergstein, the robot-, pancake-, and werewolf-loving SparkNotes editor responsible for such wonders as the "sarcasm hand" gives poor Eric a little more credit. He even dubs the geeky boy "E-Rock" in his blog and expresses concern when Eric goes missing from the books for an extended amout of time while Bella is busy with her prettier, more speshul friends.
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