So I broke my own rule and watched the movie before reading the book... I was surprised by all the similarities, but more shocked by the ending. Both are visceral and unsettling to the very end.
Repost for @BarbaraBB :
Thank you all for participating in #90sSpringFling. It was so much fun to see how we all over the world lived our lives through the 90s, listened to the same music and dressed the same way.
The Fight Club buddy read has really taken the book to new level. @Cinfhen thank you for organizing. I hope you had a great wedding party. 💕
Next will be a #BelowZer00s buddy read (& party 🎉🎈), Jan 10-12. Details will follow! 😘❤️
#90sSpringFling @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB
Although I didn't participate in the buddy read (contrary to general consensus of the book, I like it.. not genius, but an interesting debut imho) as a 90s teen, I had a blast looking through everyone's posts. So, I have created a Spotify playlist of my favorite 25 songs from the 90s. Enjoy! Flannel is optional, angst is mandatory!
This, to me, is a crucial takeaway. Today, in real life, there's no Project Mayhem as such, but the angry people referred to here exist. They vote for Trump and Brexit, they become school shooters or stab people in the street, or they run off to join Daesh. The discontent of the disenfranchised and disillusioned is real and destructive.
It makes me sad to say, but I bailed. I got to page 50 and just didn‘t care. Which is crazy to me because his holy trinity for me is Choke, Haunted, and Invisible Monsters. I loved those books. And even liked his books Snuff, Runt, and Beautiful You. Maybe it was wrong time, wrong book.
Fight Club is raw and grotesque and scattered and haunting. Is it wrong to say I liked it? I‘ve seen parts of the movie over the years, so had an idea what to expect. At its core, this book spoke of damaged and troubled people, whether through illness or through society. If you get really deep, it could be a look at society as a whole.
Thanks for getting me to read this, @Cinfhen ! Looking forward to the discussion, @BarbaraBB ! #90sSpringFling
The movie was better than the book for me! Either Palahniuk's writting style is 1 that translates best to me visually on screen rather than the page. Or perhaps I've seen the movie so many times I was bored & easily distracted while reading it but that could have been cause I knew what was coming next. #90sSpringFling w/90's 🎶 theme Billy Idol had to be in📸
Full review: https://griplitgrl.wordpress.com/2019/03/30/fight-club-by-chuck-palahniuk/
As ridiculous as I find the idea of people wanting to knock the crap out of each other for fun 🤦🏼♀️ I did enjoy this book. Palahnjuk's writing is very action packed with I really enjoyed. There was a major spoiler which even if I hadn't seen the movie first, I think I would have still figured out. I'm looking forward to our discussion. #90sSpringFling
#90sspringfling @Cinfhen I‘m on the left- it was the only 90s pic I could easily locate. My mom put us through a significant time period of matching sweat suits and bowl cuts. This is probably circa 95-97.
I really tried to read this book but I couldn‘t get into it. 😟 I think I‘m too old? And since I was always the one with the camera
(Pre selfie days) this is the only 90‘s photo I could find of me. The nice thing is - you can see the heinous way I dressed my daughters! 🤦🏼♀️ and some of my relatives really rocked the 90‘s look! 🤩
Yeah, no, not for me 🙅♀️ I‘m not that squeamish but this was too much, too violent, too graphic, trying too hard. The writing style annoyed me and kept me from immersing myself in the story. The story itself is interesting, but not enough to really make me care.
I‘m excited for the discussion and the #90sSpringFling party, though! 🙌
Also, definitely work for take a #WalkontheWildSide #MarchIntothe70s
Looking at individual pages, most of the time I was like wtf am I reading? But, after finishing the whole thing, I think I liked it! Excited to discuss! #90sSpringFling
Such a change of pace from Milkman, I flew through this one. It's strange and disturbing and I can't decide how literally I should take it. How much was real and how much hallucination? I can't say I liked it, but it was a bit like people say about a car crash - hard to look away from. Looking forward to the party @Cinfhen 😘 #90sSpringFling
So it begins...👊🏻 #90sSpringFling
Getting ready for #90sSpringFling
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I found this book strangely brilliant and disturbing - thought provoking “ We are the middle earth of history taught by Television “ we live in a time of “ spiritual depression “
“ You were fighting everything you hated in your life “ ... and you just had
“A near life experience “
I don‘t know if I can even process this for awhile ... but I know it was a memorable experience 👍🏻
#Summer #Booked2019 #BooktoMovie
I liked the lyrical prose of this book, but I didn‘t much care for the plot or characters. The #audiobook is well narrated. I‘m looking forward to the discussion! #90sspringfling #buddyread
Special thanks to Hal Sparks for ruining the twist on I 💜 the 90s!
I got my ugly library edition for the Fight Club #buddyreaf 🙌 here‘s to hoping I can keep my edition long enough to participate in the buddy read 😅
@Cinfhen I have forgotten the hashtag for the buddy read, can you help??
It‘s a good one. I haven‘t seen the movie in forever, so I can‘t say whether or not it follows the book well. Another quick read, being only slightly over 200 pages. It‘s the first book I‘ve read by this author. I‘m going to read another one of his soon.
But first, back to the Pendergast series!
As I sit here about to continue reading Fight Club, I think about how much I want to add all the books I can remember reading in school. I don‘t remember too much about them, but I liked most of them. Sarah Plain and Tall, The Bean Trees, Nothing but the Truth. I can‘t remember all the books!
Today‘s #bookmail. Fight Club for buddy read with @Cinfhen and a plethora of lovely peeps. Sadie because Er......it was on offer!! The Writers Game is a late Christmas present that got lost between Waterstones in York and Liverpool!!
Watched the movie again and I think I prefer the book. Much funnier and not so dogmatic. On the other hand my Airedale terrier (pictured watching something else) now has a new favourite movie. Watching her watch Fight Club was priceless; sadly my phone was upstairs, so couldn't take any photos!
Much of what I loved about Fight Club was the technical brilliance of the writing. The satire and the black humour. In the afterword Palahniuk also wrote that the story he wanted to tell is fundamentally the same as in The Great Gatsby: a love story with two guys, one girl. A definite recommend.