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You Do Not Talk About Fight Club: I Am Jack's Completely Unauthorized Essay Collection (Smart Pop series) Paperback – Large Print, August 11, 2008
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"Weekend spent correcting book reports, most written by people who only saw the film" not only serves as fair analogy to reading this collection, it's every bit as awful as it sounds.
All the essays here come from metaphilm, a Web site. As such, the essays tend to focus on the film version of Fight Club. Most at least acknowledge the differences between the book and the film, but where there are differences, the focus is on the film version.
Unfortunately, the only criterion for inclusion seems to be spurious comparison to some other film or cultural icon. Within 16 essays, comparisons and direct likening are made to Lord of the Rings; Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde; the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip; the Oedipus myth; and in one amazingly ham-fisted entry, The Matrix, American Beauty and Pink Floyd's The Wall, all at once; to name a few.
There is no instantly recognizable film or literary critic in this collection.
There are a few essays from theology Ph.D. students, a pair of professors from colleges you've never heard about before and a particularly self-important, self-absorbed attempt at omnibus insight from a lecturer at Temple University. Otherwise, the academic credentials of these critics are nonexistent.
No one has a social sciences pedigree. No one claims professional expertise in film making, screen writing or any related discipline. Few take the time to follow academic rigor of any sort -- and I don't mean just the essayist who goes on and on about the "Force" of martial-arts kicks and punches, when punches and kicks actually possess momentum.Read more ›
I love the discussions and am one that likes to push the envelope in making something relevant. I agree that at times I caught myself rolling my eyes at some of the comparisons, but I like the idea that the writers were tying this to something concrete (something they found to be a cultural mile stone).
I don't know that Chuck has become a first name member of the great and holy canon of American Literature, but do feel he has much to say about the last 10 years, culture and society. I personally am intrigued by Will Christopher Baer and would love to see something similiar written on his work. I also like Charlie Huston and Denis Johnson (I throw these names out more as a point of reference of what I see as similiar material and to give my bias as a reader than anything else).
It isn't the best criticism ever written, but if you like criticism that is relevant to the changes in society and dares try to get in the head of "Fight Club" (be it film or book-although, I do wish it was more novel related), this is not a bad read.
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I love Fight Club in both book and movie form and I love the fact that the story makes you think. So picking this book up seemed like a must for any Fight Club/Chuck Palahniuk... Read morePublished on June 24, 2010 by Logan M. Tanner
If you are like me and think that Fight Club was a self help book cleverly disguised as a gritty misanthropic tale of one man's escapism turned into a rampant global underground... Read morePublished on October 24, 2008 by R. Mutt