One of the things I love about being basically done with college is all the time I have to read. Recently, I was able to finish the book Fight Club. The movie was something I saw years after it came out on DVD and I must say I was very surprised at how much I liked it. When I thought of Fight Club before seeing it all I thought of was the violence and the clear manhood references that would be littered throughout the movie. I didn’t think there would be anything to keep a girl like me interested. I was wrong.
The movie follows an unreliable narrator Tyler Durden, through the course of his every day life. He explains that he has trouble sleeping and goes to support groups for all life threatening diseases to give himself the release he needs to sleep. The book goes on to explain how he and his friend develop a fight club and the progression of the fight club.
The book goes a bit more in depth and lets you see more into the narrators mind. The book also gives you a bit more hints as to whats going on as well as the relationship with Marla Singer. As a rule, I generally find the books better than the movies and this is no exception. Even just the wording of some passages made the book overall more interesting.
The movie didn’t do well at the box office, but has since become a cult classic. Fight clubs have popped up all over the United States and in 2009 it is said that a 17 year old was charged with detonating a homemade bomb- trying to recreate Project Mayhem. (http://gawker.com/5315376/starbucks-bomber-apprehended-project-mayhem-thwarted?tag=fightclub)
This movie/ book pair has also spawned many references in all different types of media. The one I most recently saw was a reference in the TV Show Bones- most specifically “The Woman in the Sand”.
How have you seen this movie/book impact our society if at all?