It should be quite easy to say what your book is about but I find it surprisingly tough.
I can do the ‘elevator pitch’ of course. The Pick-Up Artist is a romantic comedy about a young man’s inept attempt to find love using the PUA system which claims to use psychological techniques to attract women.
And I can of course summarise the plot, though my publisher Magic Oxygen has already kindly done that for me in the blurb on their website click here.
To me though, none of that really gets to the heart of what the book is ‘about’, what its intentions are for the reader.
I suppose my main intention with this book was that I wanted to entertain and make people laugh, those items were pretty high up the agenda. Higher for me with this book than they were for say Kafka when he wrote The Trail, or Dostoyevsky when he was knocking out Crime and Punishment. I don’t suppose either of those two literary heavyweights paused to wonder whether they could cram another knob gag into chapter three.
Secondly I suppose The Pick-Up Artist is a book about men and women, and their relationships with each other, the way that is now, a kind of snapshot of the way people interact with each other at a particular place and in a particular time.
I can also say what the book is not. It is not some sort if handbook for the (in my view) misguided pick-up artist movement which claims to persuade women into bed. I find the PUA thing laughable and a bit creepy.
It’s also a book about strong women, big characters, funny and loud and rude. I like the women in the book a lot, though I wouldn’t want to be locked in a room with some of them.
And finally, I suppose it’s a book about love and how that works. Which is a fine thing to be writing a book about I think, a worthwhile thing at a time when so much fiction seems to be written about hate.
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