CHALLENGE: Page to Screen (1/5), TwentyinEleven/tbr
MOTIVATION for WHY THIS/NOW: I don’t quite recall when I bought this but I do remember realizing the author was the guy who wrote Bringing Down the House which was made into the movie 21 starring Kevin Spacey and Jim Sturgess. I had been wanting to read that book but found this one – but I can’t recall if it was at Borders or where. Oh well. But, wait! There’s some more just as non-interesting things I want to share. I brought this book with me when I attended the Boston Book Fest where Holly and I listened to Mr. Mezrich talk about social networking and technology. (he’s on the right.) I did NOT go up to him and have him sign it, though. Just a tiny regret in my life which is ok with me. If these are the kind of regrets I get to live with, life is darn good. Once the Oscar buzz started to build for The Social Network and Sorkin began to win all the screen-writing awards, I decided it was time I pulled this book off the shelf and finally read it. The movie will be available on Netflix Tuesday, 2/8!
FIRST SENTENCE: “It was probably the third cocktail that did the trick.”
WHAT’s it ABOUT: I think the subtitle tells everything. The key is that Mezrich never did interview Mark Zuckerberg so we never get his side of anything, all speculation on what he may have done when alone, what he thought, why, etc. But I enjoyed the narrative we do get from the Winklevoss twins – who tried to hire Mark for their own website, Eduardo Severin – who fronted the initial cash investment, and Sean Parker – who introduces Mark to the investment and technology worlds in California. ALL VERY FASCINATING.
WHAT’s GOOD/NOT so: This book has been criticized for weak writing but I found it just fine, with only some wordy overdescripting here and there. Nothing too distracting which is what I was fearing. It’s a fast-paced look at basically that first year and then some months that Facebook was born from an idea into the growing phenomena it is now. I am eager to see the flick and am glad that I have a bit more background as to who the players are.
“And beyond that, he realized, he had been very wrong about something. A computer program could actually get you laid.”