Geek guy (nicknamed Train Man) helps a pretty lady (nicknamed Hermes) to fend off drunkard in the subway. Geek guy realised that this is something he has never done before ('where did the courage came from?'). Pretty lady is very thankful and in show of her gratefulness, she sends Train Man some gifts (tea cups) which sparks the lead for romance.
As a geek, Train Man goes online to share his account on the popular Japanese forum, 2 Channel (English version).
Fellow netizens/ geeks rally around him - mostly supporting him from changing his geeky looks to trendy outfits, selecting dinner restaurants and other details to get him the date with Hermes. Some envy as well - for Hermes is described as a cute, lady like - the typical girl next door image of a Japanese girl.
Along the way, Train Man shares all his account - things that happened, including building his confidence, and moving from virtual world to the 'real world'.
Sounds like a fairy tale?
Well, it is in a way... for it does sound too good to be true, especially the description of the lady Hermes.
But because everything is virtually written, there's no way of confirming the truth.
However, according to the book, this is a true account of what happened back in March 2004!
I'll leave you to read the story's ending yourself (don't want to spoil it here), but let me share what makes this book so interesting:
1. Geek using the internet & fellow netizens to gather support! He says that they are his real friends. This only happens in the geeky world, or does it? I think bloggers can relate to this in some way, gathering support from readers.
2. The story is really like a drama series unfolding. Beautiful & ladylike Hermes falling for geeky to transformed Train Man. The scenes described are just so beautiful.
3. The book is snippets from the forum posts - and which eventually goes into manga series, TV drama series and even film... To know it all started from just a post online, and by a geek.
4. The book/ novel has a reach of over 1 million copies sold worldwide... and it's no ordinary novel, but instead just abstracts from the forum. Again, something I'm sure many will not believe in first instance - to read something that is already online... what more reading threads of posts on hard copy.
Those Who Like Beautiful Stories
Well this book is really interesting. And though I'm no big time novel fan, but I still believe for this book to succeed, there must be something in it that touches the hearts of over a million.
Maybe it's the fairytale story behind it. Whatever it is, I suggest it's a good read :)