The Social Network

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Name: The Social Network
Abbreviation(s): TSN
Creator: Aaron Sorkin
Date(s): 2010
Medium: film
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Wikipedia:The_Social_Network
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Premise

The Social Network is a 2010 film about the creation of Facebook. Written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher (Fight Club), the film looks at the trial of two simultaneous lawsuits brought against Mark Zuckerberg, using flashbacks to tell a fictionalized version of events during the period in 2004 when Mark, then a sophomore at Harvard, coded Facebook's initial interface and began to grow its userbase. The relationship between Mark and his friend and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin is the film's primary narrative focus.

Characters

Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) is a computer programmer with a knack for anticipating the wants of his peers. While still in high school, he created a pattern-matching media player Microsoft offered to buy; he turned them down and refused a job offer from AOL to attend Harvard. In the film, he is depicted as a misanthropic genius who is unable to parse social interactions and has difficulty creating or maintaining close relationships with anyone. He hopes to be inducted into one of Harvard's elite social clubs but lacks the necessary influence or charm. His only real friend, in the film, is Eduardo Saverin.

Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) studied economics at Harvard and met Mark in their freshman year. The son of a wealthy industrialist, Eduardo-in-the-film is easy-going and well-connected, friendly with many people and already invited to join the club Mark wishes he could be a part of. He is a loyal friend to Mark, providing the cash needed to get Facebook off the ground.

Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) created Napster in the mid-nineties, while still a high school student himself. In the film, he is a cocky, high-rolling rockstar figure who tries to act as a mentor to Mark, usurping Eduardo's position as closest confidant.

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are twin brothers who are suing Mark for having stolen their idea when he created Facebook.

Erica Albright is Mark's ex-girlfriend. She isn't onscreen very often in the film, but Mark spends time thinking about her.

Dustin Moskovitz is one of Mark's roommates at Harvard and later goes on to work with him on Facebook.

Chris Hughes is another Harvard roommate of Mark's; he also worked with Mark on Facebook.

Christy is an early Facebook fan who becomes Eduardo's girlfriend in the film.

Fandom

Because there was already an established fandom around Aaron Sorkin's other works (The West Wing, Sports Night), there was considerable fannish buzz abound the film even before it was released. This, along with the fact that the film's focus on the fraught relationship of its male leads lends itself easily to a slash interpretation, has resulted in a quickly-growing fandom surrounding the film and its actors.

Fan communities and resources

The Social Network Kinkmeme on Livejournal

Mark and Eduardo (A livejournal community for fanworks and anouncements focused on Mark/Eduardo; also open to Jesse Eisenberg/Andrew Garfield content.)

Social Network Fic (A more broadly-focused LJ comm for fanworks about characters in the film and their actors.)

A great Mark/Eduardo primer

Fanworks

The curious Incident of Eduardo in the Nighttime by jibrailis

Mark/Eduardo bookmarks on Delicious

The Social Network works on AO3

Meta

There has been much argument about the nature of this movie: is it historically true? Evidently not. Does that make it professionally produced RPF? If so, what is fandom's responsibility towards separating the movie characters from their real life versions and can you write a fic about the real life Zuckerberg's reaction to the movie? Rabbit holes!

To add to the convolution, there is a large overlap between fans of the film's characters (themselves fictionalized versions of real life, contemporary people) and fans of RPF about the actors portraying these characters. Rabbit holes within rabbit holes!

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