The basic story of the book is the tutelage of a student named Style (funny – that’s the name that Strauss sometimes goes by! The mentor in the book is undoubtedly Erik von Markovik, the most familiar of the seduction community to the rest of the world — the man known as Mystery, whose Method was featured on a reality show from VH1.
Strauss would later release titles related to The Game, including a selection of stories “from the cutting room floor”.
In this book, Strauss relates advice and information on seduction in yet another unique way – by telling stories.
Often humorous, often scary, always dirty and usually featuring more than its share of braggadocio, the book was on the top of every bestseller list in the country, including Amazon.com, for months.
Occasionally these fights have gotten personal, taking away what little credibility this community had in the eyes of many.
Regardless of what you feel about pickup artists and their community, The Game is a fascinating window into their world.
The “villains” of Strauss’ works are usually men from the seduction community known as “Tyler Durden” (the nemesis of Ross Jeffries and other pickup artist bigwigs) and “Papa”.
These two, known for their own seduction method known as, have clashed publicly and privately with Jeffries and Strauss over issues related to seduction.
Rumors abound – Neil Strauss interviews The Strokes for over a week, hanging out with them at all times, engaging in all sorts of illicit behaviors.
Neil Strauss, while more mysterious than others in the seduction scene, is not much different from the famous names in seduction theory.
His methods are similar, even his high profile “retirement” (which is really just another avenue to sell you his books) lines right up with similar actions made by his teachers a few years ago.
The difference with Strauss is the assumption that he has lived the life he advertises.
All the mystery of his Method is mirrored by the mysteries of his life. How did he get Jenna Jameson to open up to a stranger in such detail?His “Annihilation Method” is notoriously secretive, with forums and discussion groups about AM (as it is known) closed for public perusal for the most part.