Thursday, 27 April 2017

No happy endings

Fight Club There are probably more people who have seen the movie of Fight Club than have read the book. I decided to read it because I've recently developed an interest in gothic novels, and the story is included in several listings as an example of urban gothic.

The writing style was initially difficult, but I soon got used to it. Knowing the story, I found myself sympathising with the main character rather than being appalled by his situation and actions. In many ways it was quite a depressing read. There was never going to be a happy ending for any of the characters.

Something that I did find positive was the book's Afterward, in which Plahniuk explains how the novel developed from a short story. This was a brief but illuminating insight into the creative process.

After finishing the book, I watched the film again. It's still a good movie, but the book is much better.

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