The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists

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The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists  

Author Neil Strauss
Country United States
Language English
Publisher ReganBooks
Publication date September 2005
Pages 452 pp
ISBN 0-06-055473-8
OCLC 61464341

The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pick-up Artists is a non-fiction book written by investigative reporter Neil Strauss as a chronicle of his journey in the seduction community as a pickup artist.

The book was featured on the New York Times Bestseller List for two months after its release in September 2005, reaching prominence again in 2007 during the broadcast of the hit series, VH1's The Pick-Up Artist. In its original published hardcover format, the book was covered in black leather and bookmarked with red satin, similar to some printings of the Christian Bible. Despite the reputation that The Game has received as an expose on the seduction community, it was primarily written as an autobiographical work.


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Strauss stumbles across the community while working on an article[1], intrigued by the subculture, he starts participating in the online discussion groups,mainly out of his own frustration with his romantic life. As he becomes more and more involved in the Seduction Community, Strauss attends a "Bootcamp" conducted by Mystery, one of the most influential and respected member of the community. The bootcamp consists of Strauss and other participants approaching women and then Mystery and his counterpart Sin giving them corrective advice on their behaviors, body language, and what to say after viewing the participants approach women.

The book then narrates the journey of how Strauss goes through the various stages of becoming a Pickup Artist, description about the various members of the community and how Strauss befriends many of the members, particularly Mystery. He also narrates his success with women, the spreading of the seduction community itself and his life at "Project Hollywood", a high end mansion and a lifestyle plan shared by Strauss, Mystery and other members of the Seduction community, and how rivalries and animosity between various members of the community lead to "Project Hollywood's" collapse.

The book also narrates Strauss' experiments with sleeping habits, personal grooming and his meet with celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Courtney Love and Britney Spears.

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A companion to The Game, called Rules of the Game by Neil Strauss, containing two parts, The Stylelife Challenge and The Style Diaries, was released on December 18, 2007.

Sony optioned the rights to make the book into a film, and comedy director Chris Weitz signed on to helm the project for Columbia Pictures.[2][3][4] Spyglass Entertainment has since obtained the rights to the film, with screenwriter Dan Weiss adapting the book into a screenplay.[5]

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  1. ^ The Article New York Times. January 25, 2004.
  2. ^ Chris Weitz Getting Into the "Game" Rotten Tomatoes. February 26, 2006.
  3. ^ Lady Killers Macleans. September 2, 2005.
  4. ^ Siegel, Tatiana Weitz putting 'Game' face on The Hollywood Reporter. February 26, 2006.
  5. ^ Garett, Dianne (August 22, 2007). "Spyglass nabs 'The Game' rights". Variety. Retrieved on September 19, 2007.

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