Thursday, November 1, 2012


It takes a lot for anyone to depict the complete mayhem within a society. Sometimes it doesn't even take too much imagination  since such mayhem happens every day in real life at every waking moment. (It's true. Just pay attention to the news.)

Also look at Fight Club. The mayhem throughout the whole story is insane on every level yet it seems sane when in comparison to anything that happens in real life. (Believe me, I know life is weird.)

Chuck Palahniuk's writing style is sporadic, manic and completely off the wall. And I love it. Usually manic writing styles put me off, but Palahniuk somehow drew me in. Maybe it was just the story he told, but who knows? (Not me, that's for sure.)

I think had I not read Palahniuk's novel, I wouldn't have understood David Fincher's film in the slightest. (Then again, I might have been able to if I tried hard enough.) But Fincher, Edward Norton, Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter know how to make Palahniuk's outlandish story come to life.

Both Palahniuk's novel and Fincher's film both depict the very dark side of anarchy and nihilism. But Fincher's film makes understanding the story Palahniuk originated more easier. (Palahniuk himself said that Fincher improved his novel.) Also, is it weird that I think Fincher's film could make for an interesting double feature with Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master?

What's worth checking out?: The movie.


  1. *claps*
    Yaaaaayy. I think the movie is somewhat better too, but seriously, I couldn't move for like 10 minutes after the ending of the book, not that I don't love the movie's ending too.

    I read the book maybe 2 or 3 years after watching and rewatching and rerewatching (you get the picture) the film, and yeah I do think it made my understanding of the film better.

    Still, the first time I saw the film, it was like I had experienced something out of this world. Like how does this movie exist?

    Love the performances, love the direction, love everything. I guess that's why it is my favourite film.

    Great post :D

  2. I really need to read the book. I loved the film, even if my husband and friend ruined the ending for me when we sat down to watch it. (They were both like "I can't believe it's actually ******* in the end." ) The look on their faces when they realized I hadn't seen it was pretty priceless though.

  3. I've only read one novel by Palahniuk -- Choke -- and I had kind of a love/hate relationship with it. So I haven't read Fight Club yet, though I am curious about it. I enjoyed the movie, even though my husband spoiled the "twist" for me.

  4. Wow, this sounds like a really good movie, and a really good book too. I had no idea Fight Club was a novel, though. I’ve only heard about the movie from a few of my DISH coworkers and friends, so I was thinking of trying it out. And if it has as much impact as you say then I definitely need to see it. I can rent it from DISH’s Blockbuster @Home service, which ships fast enough that I should have the movie in time to watch it next weekend. Then, if I like the movie, I’ll read the book and probably like that better. Thanks for the advice.


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