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September 27th, 2005


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shyguyjosh
10:52 pm - fight club


I think it kinda diminishes the effect of the book having watched the movie, but it was a still bloody good read! the narrator is just this great character and voice and the book is just overflowing with all these great/humourous/shocking/quotable lines. unfortunately, the movie just about used all of them...and rightly so. what was with the hospital ending though? i preferred the movie's ending. it just seemed like it's last quarter just lost whatever the rest of the book had and became trite and lame and repetitive. and i didn't think marla was well characterised in the book. in the movie she was this convincing washed up sarcastic character, but in the book she was just a little too obsessed with tyler and the way she forgave him immediately for shooting that guy...i really didn't buy that. i don't know maybe just the awesomeness of the movie finishing with the pixies is colouring my opinion. when i was thinking about it before, i really had a lot more positives to say. it was a nice change of pace from all the fantasy books i've been reading, they're always a slog, but this i raced through! i think it's because the sentences are so short. in conclusion, i liked it a lot, hated the ending, biased by the movie.
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From:shyguyjosh
Date:March 26th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)

talk about a belated response :P

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chuck palahniuk. would probably make for a better read if you haven't seen the movie yet. i wasn't sure if anyone was still alive on this community!
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From:ro_dent
Date:March 28th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)

it almost deserves a hallmark card

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chuck palahniuk. I will check it out - although unfortunately I have already seen the movie. :(

I don't think they are alive! I just decided to scroll through it the other day when I was procrastinating from my hydrology assignment.

probably when I originally saw this post I hadn't seen fight club yet, so it wouldn't have meant much. but I saw it on the holidays and liked it. I didn't actually know it was based on a book... I suppose that would explain why people didn't go crazy over how clever the plot was and give the director awards and stuff - I thought it was quite ingenious actually.

(I guess if you really wanted to pick it apart you could find a million similar percursors using similar idea - but I thought the combination of the psychological drama AND the societal tension in that particular way was well thought out.)

anyway, with regards to the deadness of the community, I think the problem at the moment is that it's not really big enough for enough people to have read the same things - or at least like the same sort of things - enough to start a decent discussion. the book club was a good idea to overcome that, but I know that I, personally, don't have enough time to keep that sort of thing going - especially if it's over the net in this way because there's not a very high level of motivation. plus, there's the fact that not everyone's going to agree on the book that should be read!

as well as that, I think the people that joined were generally all at different levels of understanding - ranging from people that are doing arts degrees studying this stuff in-depth to high school students - and so there's too much variety in the level of discussion as well.

so, after effectively shooting down the whole premise! :) are there solutions to this? ways to get the community going again?

brainstorm time! textas and butchers' paper, pronto!

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