Real Estate Tycoon The Latest Twi-Guy

This is one we would never have predicted. It’s a fascinating read.

“Tom Barrack is one of the biggest real-estate deal-makers in the world. His investment firm, Colony Capital LLC, has raised $16 billion from pension plans and other big investors to buy properties like gaming company Station Casinos Inc., Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, and possibly even Walt Disney Co.’s Miramax movie studio.

But recently, it turns out, Mr. Barrack has also been doing some soul-searching—thanks to Stephenie Meyer’s popular vampire-novel series, “Twilight.”

In a July 2 memo encouraging his employees to consider outside points of view—you can read it in full at the end of this post—Mr. Barrack describes a lonely evening on a yacht in Turkey after a cancelled business meeting. In the yacht, Mr. Barrack writes, he came upon a book on which “were written the words that strike terror in the hearts of every macho, red-blooded male…TWILIGHT.” He goes on:

As I sat there with nothing to do the book kept taunting me. I began to think that there must be something I don’t understand. What could it be? What is it all about? Women don’t just read these books, they live them. They become each paragraph. I picked it up, but then immediately dropped it like a hot coal. What if someone saw me reading this? My macho reputation would be finished! I would be kicked out of the bench press section of the gym. My polo compadres would send me packing to the pony rides and my surfing buddies would exile me to the kiddie pool.

But it was a long night and there was absolutely nothing, and I mean NOTHING else to do. Long story short—not only did I read Twilight, I read the other two as well!! I was fascinated, captivated even. However, what intrigued me was not the same thing that hooked the millions of women whose lives and had been changed by this series, but something else entirely.

Mr. Barrack argues that the “anticipation” in the romantic relationship between a teenage girl and a vampire has made the “Twilight” series compelling to millions of women.

Men, however, are all about the destination, the result, the speed and the outcome. The journey is merely penance to get to the destination. Which is why despite the vampires and werewolves, this book is kryptonite to most men.”

See more on the Wall Street Journal. It’s some of the best in depth Twilight discussion from a guy who “gets it”.

Comments

  1. What about the fourth one. If he read the first 3. He must read the fourth. That is my favorite

    • I am coming out of the Twilight Closet. I ma in my Forties. I had seen the first move only about five months ago. Moreover,my wife had read all four books and keep telling me to read one and then it was all over. I read New Moon First, then Eclipse, then Breaking Dawn and then Twilight. last week saw Eclipse twice once on I max the other on a regular screen. I just finished the Short Bree Tanner story, I cant get enough. in a few weeks for our tenth anniversary we are going to Forks for four days. I have watched each film numerous times. hows that for coming out.

      • PamelaC says:

        Thanks for sharing your story Scot, truly. I bet this has given your marriage a new spark. Not because it’s Twilight but because you & your wife have something new in common that you both love.

        Happy 10th anniversary to you both & have an awesome time in Forks!

  2. Wow.

    <<<<>>>>

  3. I love that more men are coming out. My guy cousin who’s 20 loves the books hehe .. And I don’t think there’s nothing wrong with it.

  4. I don’t necessarily agree with Barrack’s assessments, yet anything as popular and captivating as Twilight should be seriously considered. And that is good to see.

    I personally don’t know any men who haven’t read the books. Everyone has, at least where I live. AFAIK, they all loved them, uniformly, and thought about their various levels of meaning a great deal. So I think what Tom Barrack is doing is not unusual.

    Many scholarly critics have turned up their noses at Twilight as mere pulp fiction due to its popularity. Yet, as Steve Walker (Stephenie’s fave BYU professor) said in a recent podcast:

    “From my point of view, and maybe it does have to do with my longterm study of Tolkien, but ‘me thinks they doth protest too much’ in the academic, critical response to her work…

    “That critical canon that — ‘tens of millions of readers can’t possibly be right because there’s just so darn many of them that they must be thoughtless lemmings; and secondly, that they’re patently inferior readers in contrast with us literary experts’ — looked at with our eyes open is a little condescending, a little myopic, a little defensive…

    “The more popular you are, the more you seem to get the boots wiped on you.

    “I know popularity is no guarantee of good writing; I understand that. But popularity is — at least as certainly — no guarantee of bad writing, surely.”

    • Seriously all the men you know have actually read Twilight?? I don’t know a single one. I feel deprived.

      I saw a guy that works in the gas station down the street from me reading TW in Taco Bell.. he was just finishing the end of it and I wanted to talk to him to see what he thought, but I chicked out of course.

      Come to think of it, even the girls that I know that have read the story don’t really understand it the way I and most everyone else that visits the Lexicon do. One of them I know said she skips through the boring parts.. and I’m goin, “What boring parts?” but then thinks she is so well informed. Blows my mind… anyway.. I would have to say that where I live, there aren’t a lot of readers (or probably any people that can read!!).. Glad to know there is some sanity out there. ;)

      • Wonderful article! I was so happy to get two of my guy friends to read and like the books, it made my week! I agree with you, Jesse, that even among people who enjoy the books, it’s hard to find like-minded people that know and understand why we like them so much! That’s why we have the Lexicon right? :)

        I esp liked this part of the article:

        Every woman longs for the anticipation, the romance, the journey, the taboo, the patience, and the attentiveness. Men, however, are all about the destination, the result, the speed and the outcome. The journey is merely penance to get to the destination. Which is why despite the vampires and werewolves, this book is kryptonite to most men.

        • I totally agree, I am a 31 yr old mother of 2 and I have a Bachelors degree and a very good career, everyone that reads and LOVES Twilight is not unitelligent, uneducated or just a teenager! Ugh, I hate those assumptions!

  5. Brilliant.

  6. TeamEdwardAlways says:

    All i can say is FINALLY!! It makes me happy to know that some people actually GET IT that us women like this book for more than just hot guys. And he’s right…it def has altered some of us emotionally (at least me it has), but for the good. Yay for insight! :-)

  7. Luthien says:

    Nice to see someone who is a literate, high-powered guy discover the relevance of these books. I am certain he’ll find the fourth book and read it; people like this don’t rest until things are finished. Thanks for the article. It made me smile.

  8. mschicklet says:

    “What if someone saw me reading this? My macho reputation would be finished! I would be kicked out of the bench press section of the gym. My polo compadres would send me packing to the pony rides and my surfing buddies would exile me to the kiddie pool.”

    Ugh, those jokes are so tired and old. I’m sick of this being such a gender issue. The books are enjoyable, who cares who sees you read them?

  9. Jackalyn says:

    I love this!
    It just seems so many people that haven’t read the books look at us who have, and love it, like we are less intelligent then they are. I get sick of people acting like I am a silly Twilight fan, like they are so above us. There is just so much to be taken from this story.

    I could go on and on, but the bottom line is, a good story is a good story, but a great story can touch people of all ages, sexes and walks of life.

    Twilight is a great story!

  10. vampbball says:

    What was his point? That because actually reading the source material really challenged his preconceptions, his employees likewise ought not to be complacent or too fixed in their opinions?

    I love that he liked Twilight so well, and I agree that he seemed to sense its appeal to the rest of us (i.e. his comments about Edward having a 109 year-old’s wisdom and taking such good care of Bella, and Bella’s fixed devotion). But I couldn’t figure out the thesis of the memo.

    • I think he wanted to give his employees an example that shows that 1: you cannot judge a book by the misconceptions against its following, 2: there is something to be gained from admiring the road and not just the destination and 3: sometimes you have to get out of your comfort zone to understand the points of view of the people you are doing business with.
      At least that’s what I gather from it.

      The man is a genius.

  11. Inteligent and wonderful article!!!. Maybe, in a fast and furious world, “anticipation”, commitment and real romance still needed. Probably, some books show that things that we use to call old fashion, still appealing to us. However, takes courage for some (specially guys) to write about this. But it is wisdom and inteligence, to try to understand, to be in the shoes of others, and to try to connect with them. So, as courage, inteligence and wisdom are key words for a leader, congratulations to you and your team. Your group is in a good hands!!!

  12. Brilliant article!!This sums up the effect the books had on so many fans quite well.I get so annoyed when the haters comment abt how these books are trash,without even knowing ANYTHING about them.Glad to know there are more people that are finally discovering the beauty of these novels.

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