A beaker full of death wrote:
pfegh. The juvenile "romance" as depicted in nuTrek is about as sophisticated as Saved by the Bell. Of all the contrasts between TWOK and this last film, that characters' maturity - not age - in their interactions with each other is the most striking.
There's more pain and pathos in the lines "I did what you wanted: I stayed away." than in anything NuTrek has come up with, and it managed not to rape the characters in the process.
Except given that Kirk and Spock ARE younger in STiD means they DON'T have the life experience Kirk and Spock do in TWoK; so it's apples to oranges.
Plus Trek has NEVER handled romantic relationships well, EVER.