Oh, and then we found this piece of paper in the copy machine: "The first rule of Fight Club is That is so In case you totally missed the 90s, Fight Club is a cult favorite novel that was later adapted into the visually stunning feature film, directed by David Fincher who also adapted The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and starring Brad Pitt , Edward Norton , and Helena Bonham Carter.
Talk about street cred. Although it wasn't the first piece he wrote , the Fight Club was Chuck Palahniuk 's first published novel. Unable to get his first novel, Invisible Monsters , published because it was a wee bit too disturbing, Palahniuk set out to write something even more controversial.
Palahniuk expanded a short story he had written into a full-length novel, and Fight Club was born kicking and screaming into the world, ready to take names.
After achieving success with Fight Club in no small part thanks to the movie , Palahniuk has gone on to author twelve additional novels. Fight Club itself focuses on an unreliable narrator, his relationship with an enigmatic man named Tyler Durden, and their creation of fight club, an underground boxing club which evolves into the anarchistic organization Project Mayhem. Project Mayhem intends to tear down the American social structure, replacing puffy-shirted bureaucrats with testosterone-fueled manly men as the ruling class.
Palahniuk definitely succeeded at writing something controversial. The book has been accused of having dangerous anti-consumerist themes , and the movie, a faithful adaptation, was called "a fascist rhapsody posing as a metaphor of liberation. Mayhem ensues, beginning with the narrator's condo exploding and culminating with a terrorist attack on the world's tallest building. Writing in an ironic deadpan and including something to offend everyone, Palahniuk is a risky writer who takes chances galore, especially with a particularly bizarre plot twist he throws in late in the book. Caustic, outrageous, bleakly funny, violent and always unsettling, Palahniuk's utterly original creation will make even the most jaded reader sit up and take notice.
Movie rights to Fox It's so much more than most people can get, so they cast it off. Great book and great film, and to the 1 star review girl Then he meets a mysterious man named Tyler Durden and establishes an underground fighting club as radical psychotherapy.
In , director David Fincher adapted the novel into a film of the same name , starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. The film acquired a cult following despite underperforming financially. The film's prominence heightened the profile of the novel and that of Palahniuk. The sequel Fight Club 2 was released in comic book form in May Fight Club 3 was released in comic book form in Fight Club centers on an anonymous narrator , who works as a product recall specialist for an unnamed car company.
Because of the stress of his job and the jet lag brought upon by frequent business trips, he begins to suffer from recurring insomnia. When he seeks treatment, his doctor advises him to visit a support group for testicular cancer victims to "see what real suffering is like".
He finds that sharing the problems of others—despite not having testicular cancer himself—alleviates his insomnia. The narrator's unique treatment works until he meets Marla Singer, another "tourist" who visits the support group under false pretenses. The possibly disturbed Marla reminds the narrator that he is a faker who does not belong there.
He begins to hate Marla for keeping him from crying, and, therefore, from sleeping. After a confrontation, the two agree to attend separate support group meetings to avoid each other. The truce is uneasy, and the narrator's insomnia returns. While on a nude beach, the narrator meets Tyler Durden , a charismatic extremist of mysterious means. After an explosion destroys the narrator's condominium , he asks to stay at Tyler's house.
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Tyler agrees, but asks for something in return: "I want you to hit me as hard as you can. They subsequently move in together and establish a "fight club", drawing numerous men with similar temperaments into bare-knuckle fighting matches, set to the following rules:. Later in the book, a mechanic tells the narrator about two new rules of the fight club: nobody is the center of the fight club except for the two men fighting, and the fight club will always be free. Marla, noticing that the narrator has not recently attended his support groups, calls him to claim that she has overdosed on Xanax in a half-hearted suicide attempt.
Tyler returns from work, picks up the phone to Marla's drug-induced rambling, and rescues her. Tyler and Marla embark on an uneasy affair that confounds the narrator and confuses Marla.
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Throughout this affair, Marla is unaware both of fight club's existence and the interaction between Tyler and the narrator. Because Tyler and Marla are never seen at the same time, the narrator wonders whether Tyler and Marla are the same person. As fight club attains a nationwide presence, Tyler uses it to spread his anti-consumerist ideas, recruiting fight club's members to participate in increasingly elaborate pranks on corporate America.
He eventually gathers the most devoted fight club members and forms "Project Mayhem", a cult -like organization that trains itself as an army to bring down modern civilization. This organization, like fight club, is controlled by a set of rules:. While initially a loyal participant in Project Mayhem, the narrator becomes uncomfortable with the increasing destructiveness of its activities.
He resolves to stop Tyler and his followers when Bob, a friend from the testicular cancer support group, is killed during one of Project Mayhem's sabotage operations. The narrator then learns that he himself is Tyler Durden. As the narrator's mental state deteriorated, his mind formed a new personality that was able to escape from the problems of his life.
Marla inadvertently reveals to the narrator that he and Tyler are the same person. Tyler's affair with Marla—whom the narrator professes to dislike—was the narrator's own affair with Marla. The narrator's bouts of insomnia had been Tyler's personality surfacing; Tyler was active whenever the narrator was "sleeping". The Tyler personality not only created fight club, he also blew up the Narrator's condo.
Tyler plans to blow up a skyscraper using homemade bombs created by Project Mayhem; the target of the explosion is the nearby national museum. Tyler plans to die as a martyr during this event, taking the narrator's life as well.
Realizing this, the narrator sets out to stop Tyler, although Tyler is always thinking ahead of him. The narrator makes his way to the roof of the building, where Tyler holds him at gunpoint. When Marla comes to the roof with one of the support groups, Tyler vanishes, as Tyler "was his hallucination, not hers. With Tyler gone, the narrator waits for the bomb to explode and kill him. The bomb malfunctions because Tyler mixed paraffin into the explosives. Still alive and holding Tyler's gun, the narrator makes the first decision that is truly his own: he puts the gun in his mouth and shoots himself.
Some time later, he awakens in a mental hospital, believing he is in Heaven , and imagines an argument with God over human nature. The book ends with the narrator being approached by hospital employees who reveal themselves to be Project members. They tell him their plans still continue, and that they are expecting Tyler to come back.
Palahniuk once had an altercation while camping,  and though he returned to work bruised and swollen, his co-workers avoided asking him what had happened on the camping trip. Their reluctance to know what happened in his private life inspired him to write Fight Club. In , Palahniuk joined a Portland-based writing group that practiced a technique called "dangerous writing".
This technique, developed by American author Tom Spanbauer , emphasizes the use of minimalist prose, and the use of painful, personal experiences for inspiration. Under Spanbauer's influence, Palahniuk produced an early draft of what would later become his novel Invisible Monsters , but it was rejected by all publishers he submitted it to. Palahniuk then decided to write an even darker novel, by expanding upon his short story, "Fight Club".
Fight Club: A Novel was re-issued in and ; the latter edition includes the author's introduction about the conception and popularity of the novel and movie, in which Palahniuk states:. These were all novels that presented a social model for women to be together.
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But there was no novel that presented a new social model for men to share their lives. Really, what I was writing was just The Great Gatsby updated a little.
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It was 'apostolic' fiction—where a surviving apostle tells the story of his hero. There are two men and a woman. And one man, the hero, is shot to death. One critic has noted that this essay can be seen as Palahniuk's way of interpreting his own novel. According to this critic, Palahniuk's essay emphasizes the communicative and romantic elements of the novel while it deemphasizes its transgressive elements. In interviews, the writer has said he is still approached by people wanting to know the location of the nearest fight club. Palahniuk insists there is no such real organization. He has heard of real fight clubs, some said to have existed before the novel.
Project Mayhem is lightly based on The Cacophony Society , of which Palahniuk is a member, and other events derived from stories told to him. Fight Club ' s cultural impact is evidenced by the establishment of fight clubs by teenagers and "techies" in the United States. Other fans have been inspired to undertake prosocial activity, and told Palahniuk that the novel had encouraged them to return to college.
In addition to the feature film, a stage adaptation by Dylan Yates has been performed in Seattle and in Charlotte, North Carolina. A modern-day everyman figure as well as an employee specializing in recalls for an unnamed car company, the Narrator—who remains unnamed throughout the novel—is extremely depressed and suffers from insomnia. Some readers call him "Joe", because of his constant use of the name in such statements as, "I am Joe's boiling point".
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The quotes, "I am Joe's [blank]", refer to the Narrator's reading old Reader's Digest articles in which human organs write about themselves in the first person, with titles such as "I Am Joe's Liver". The film adaptation replaces "Joe" with "Jack", inspiring some fans to call the Narrator "Jack". In the novel and film, the Narrator uses various aliases in the support groups. His subconscious is in need of a sense of freedom, he inevitably feels trapped within his own body, and when introduced to Tyler Durden, he begins to see all of the qualities he lacks in himself: "I love everything about Tyler Durden, his courage, his smarts, and his nerve.
Tyler is funny and forceful and independent, and men look up to him and expect him to change their world. Tyler is capable and free, and I am not.