Clarification appended: Feb. 7, 2013.
Total Frat Move” book, a New York Times bestseller, presents an updated account of fraternity and college life.
“Total Frat Move” was written by W.R. Bolen, a writer for the popular collegiate lifestyle website of the same name, Total Frat Move.
The fictional “Total Frat Move” presents the reader with the outrageously funny trials of the main character, Townes Prescott III.
In the first chapter, Townes and his friend Monte are kidnapped by sorority members, attend a fraternity party and are almost arrested by the police.
Bolen said “Total Frat Move” is an update on greek life since there hasn’t been an “accurate portrayal of college campuses since the 70s that hasn’t been watered down or convoluted by Hollywood.”
“I wanted to represent college life in an accurate and real way that is as fun as possible to read,” Bolen said.
Donald Eckrod III (freshman-management information systems) said “Total Frat Move” showcases greek life at larger college campuses, especially campuses like Penn State.
Eckrod, a member of the fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi, said Penn State greek life is like the “big league” because many fraternities on campus have 40 or 50 members and socials and parties are common occurrences on weekends.
Bolen said he wanted to showcase the “new-found freedom of a college student who is free of parents and who has no real responsibility besides going to class.”
Bolen worked with Byrd Leavell, a literary agent and partner at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency to create “Total Frat Move.”
Leavell said “Total Frat Move” reaches out to an audience where there are not enough fun books to convince the audience to read, even with the huge presence of fraternities in society.
“It’s interesting in the fact that there is a large book-buying audience that Manhattan discounts so ‘Total Frat Move’ is proving that people in college will go out and buy books and read them,” Leavell said.
Bolen said “Total Frat Move,” while fictional, is based on personal experience and friends’ stories.
Eckrod said “Total Frat Move” never got boring and made him want to read more. He said “it relates with what I had to go through” but is sometimes unbelievable, especially when Townes is abducted by members of a sorority.
Bolen said two producers in Hollywood are putting together a script for a Total Frat Move movie that is not related to the book and more books could be a possibility after the madness of “Total Frat Move” dies down.
“Odds are, it’s going to make you want to party. Hard. Every chapter is filled with nonstop glorious collegiate bliss,” Bolen said.
An earlier version of this article unclearly implied that a movie is in the works in relation to the book “Total Frat Move." A script is in the works for a “Total Frat Move” movie unrelated to the book.