DUE DATE Writer Adam Sztykiel to Explore THE GAME of a Secret Society of Pickup Artists

     May 25, 2010


It used to be the case that Neil Strauss was not so lucky with the females, and wrote of his efforts to rectify this travesty in The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists.  As the title suggests, Strauss discovered a community of pickup artists who offer their tips for seduction to schmucks like Neil for a price.  I’m sure their services are completely legitimate and would prove very useful for someone like myself, but the “God of the pickup community” is apparently an aspiring Toronto magician named Mystery.  Just sayin’.

Anyway, Lionsgate thinks Strauss’ story has the makings of a movie; Variety reports the studio has hired Adam Sztykiel (Due Date) to script the adaptation, while newcomer Ari Sandel will direct.  It all sounds a bit icky to me, but check out the full literary plot synopsis for yourself after the jump.

the_game_neil_strauss_book_coverHere’s the synopsis via Amazon:

Are you just another AFC (“average frustrated chump”) trying to meet an HB (“hot babe”)? How would you like to “full-close” with a Penthouse Pet of the Year? The answers, my friend, are in Neil Strauss’s entertaining book The Game. Strauss was a self-described chick repellant–complete with large, bumpy nose, small, beady eyes, glasses, balding head, and, worst of all, painful shyness around women. He felt like “half a man.” That is, until a book editor asked him to investigate the community of pickup artists. Strauss’s life was transformed. He spent two years bedding some fine chiquitas and studying with some of the North America’s most suave gents–including the best of them all, the God of the pickup “community,” a man named Mystery.

Mystery is an aspiring Toronto magician who charges $2,250 for a weekend pickup workshop. He is not much to look at: a cross between a vampire and a computer geek. But by using high-powered marketing techniques he’s turned seduction into an effortless craft–even inventing his own vocabulary. His technique sounds like a car salesman’s tip sheet: his main rule is FMAC–find, meet, attract, close. He employs the “three-second rule”–always approach a woman within three seconds of first seeing her in order to avoid getting shy. Other tricks: Intrigue a beautiful woman by pretending to be unaffected by her charm; also, never hit on a woman right away. Start with a disarming, innocent remark, like “Do you think magic spells work?” or “Oh my god, did you see those two girls fighting outside?” And finally, the most important characteristic of the pickup artist–smile.

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