Wall Street is a novelisation of the movie Wall Street (1987) which is an iconic 80s movies. I bought this book from a charity shop for a dollar. My washing machine had broken down at the time and while my laundry was whirling away at the Laundromat, I browsed the charity shop looking for second hand books.
I have not watched the movie but I know the movie summed up 80s work culture, a time of power dressing, status seeking and the pursuit of wealth. The story is about a young stockbroker named Bud Fox who yearns to be a big shot especially when he sees Gordon Gecko, dubbed Gecko the Great by the media arrive at a club, in a flashy car with babe in tow.
Gordon Gecko is a ruthless corporate raider who buys companies and liquidates them. The only thing he cares about is making money, he doesn’t care that hundreds of people lose their jobs because of him. Gecko decides to take in Buddy because he reminds him of when he was young and ambitious. Buddy learns about insider trading which is gathering private information about companies in order to make deals that benefit you. Buddy learns to spy on people and manipulate them to become rich and successful. It is only when Buddy realises that one of his plans will hurt his loved ones that he learns that he has become a villain.
I thought this movie tie-in book was a good one. Most of the time, novelizations that tie-in with movies are hastily written and not very good. A good movie novel gives more insight into the story expressing in words what is hard to show visually. In the Wall Street book, you get to read what the characters are thinking and their backgrounds which help you to understand their motives.
I found this book interesting even though I don’t have an interest in business. I liked it more for the cultural references to the 80s. I liked reading about what the characters wore, the technology they used and what they did for fun. The 80s is my favourite decade. I like the vibrant make up, big hair, shoulder pad fashions and brick sized cell phones and arcade machines. I think people were enthusiastic and hopeful during that time.
I’m going to watch the movie and the sequel Wall Street: Money never sleeps (2010). I’m sure I will like it. I hope you give the movie or book a go.