Bookstores aren’t quite setting aside shelf space for a Facebook section yet, but there are now two books that look at history via fictional status updates.
Cool Material published a humor post in August 2010, If Historical Events Had Facebook Statuses. In addition to attracting some 3 million views, 762,000 Stumbles, 179,000 likes, and 12,000 tweets, the post also attracted the attention of publisher HarperCollins, which turned it into a book.
The History of the World According to Facebook, by Wylie Overstreet, can be ordered here, for $11. The book will be released Oct. 11.
Here’s part of Overstreet’s quite funny blurb on his inspiration for the book:
Toward the end of last year, I found myself up against an article deadline for Cool Material while a few cocktails deep. This is not a great place to be, because a) you’re short on time, b) anything you write seems totally awesome, and c) it isn’t. You submit it anyway for obvious reasons, and the feedback usually comes back polite but obvious: “Let’s sideline this one,” or, “Needs some polish,” or, more directly, “Seek help.” Earlier in the evening, between whiskey ginger Nos. 3 and 4, I had been doing my usual evening activity of Facebook stalking my ex reading the annotated works of Abraham Lincoln when I thought to myself, “What if Lincoln was on Facebook? What if, indeed…?
The History of the World According to Facebook joins similar book Let There Be Facebook: Status Updates from God, Gaga, And Everyone In Between, written by comedians Travis Harmon and Jonathan Shockle and set to be released by Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone Publishing November 8 for $13.99.
Readers, will you check out If Historical Events Had Facebook Statuses, Let There Be Facebook: Status Updates from God, Gaga, And Everyone In Between, or both?