Sunday, January 17, 2010

I am Drew's Confused Cerebrum

The first rule of reading Fight Club is you don't talk about reading Fight Club......

It was interesting having to purchase a book that the bookstores will not keep on the bookshelves. It's tucked away behind the counter that you have to request from the employee ringing up the rest of your order. It's very covert... you almost feel like you're buying something off the black market. Now, it's not because it's mature(which it is), but because Palahniuk books are often stolen. I guess that would make sense if you've read Fight Club.

That brings me to reviewing the book. I'm not sure how to go about that now that I fear that one of those spacemonkey's might come after me for saying something to the contrary about Fight Club. But, if one would be unhappy that I am critical of Palahniuk's popular novel would defeat the purpose of the anarchist care-not attitude of a "believer". But we only have one follower, and one follower that I know personally. I doubt they'll come after me even though they love knives.

In the years that I've been reading novels that have movies based on them, I have not come across a book that's worse than the movie. I don't think that I should say that Fight Club isn't a good book, but the movie was able to twist and change the book into something with a different outlook. The plot is intact, but the climax is different. The movie puts the action out there and takes away a bit of the grittiness that is Fight Club. It's not a happy ending, feel-good book. The movie brought some of that to the table. That makes me very confused, b/c I still feel like I like the movie better, but the book is worth the read.

This quote sums it up for me:
Watching white moon face
The stars never feel anger
Blah, blah, blah, the end

Less than halfway through the book that quote stuck out. At the end of the book I still felt that way. But, at the end of the book came the best part of the book; the afterward. It clued me in to what Palahniuk was attempting to do with Fight Club. Something that this first read didn't leave me with.. and that was Palahniuk's ability to write!

Let me say this.

I don't think I like Palahniuk's books.

But I'll read another one.