History Literature / FightClub

11th Jan '16 9:29:05 AM eliaskelham
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* SpiritualSuccessor: To {{Heathers}}.



* TechnologyMarchesOn: A few minor examples:
** Tyler asks the narrator to photocopy the rules of Fight Club on the copier in his office, rather than simply asking him to type them out and print them.
** One of Project Mayhem's pranks involves them pouring petrol into the tube of a CRT monitor so that it explodes when turned on - when's the last time you saw one of those?
** The narrator writes haikus and faxes them to everyone in his office. This was changed to e-mail in the film.
11th Jan '16 8:59:35 AM eliaskelham
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* RevisedEnding: In the book, [[spoiler:The protagonist tries to destroy one building, but fails when Tyler botches the explosive mixture (the botching of which is foreshadowed in the book's opening chapter.) The Narrator ends up in a place he describes as being Heaven, but is really a mental institution, and some of its wardens are members of Project Mayhem, convinced that Tyler some day will return from the depths of the Narrator's mind and are patiently waiting for it. It's also stated outright (instead of suggested in the film) that the mental split happened the moment the Narartor fell in love with Marla; the Tyler psyche loved her while his regular psyche hated her.]] In the movie, [[spoiler:the Narrator manages to regain his sanity, eleven buildings are destroyed by Tyler's explosives, and the Narrator and Marla hold hands while watching in awe. [[FreezeFrameBonus Big black cock]], roll credits.]] Creator/ChuckPalahniuk likes the movie's ending more than his.
** In the prologue to the graphic novel sequel to the book, [[spoiler:most, if not all, of the ending is implied to have been just the Narrator's own hallucinations while in the mental institution. A variant of the book's undeniably happened, except with Marla giving a more definite declaration of affection and onset of pregnancy, but the confrontation with Tyler is framed through both electro-shock therapy and the actual shot through the cheek.]]

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* RevisedEnding: In the book, [[spoiler:The protagonist tries to destroy one building, but fails when Tyler botches the explosive mixture (the botching of which is foreshadowed in the book's opening chapter.) The Narrator ends up in a place he describes as being Heaven, but is really a mental institution, and some of its wardens are members of Project Mayhem, convinced that Tyler some day will return from the depths of the Narrator's mind and are patiently waiting for it. It's also stated outright (instead of suggested in the film) that the mental split happened the moment the Narartor fell in love with Marla; the Tyler psyche loved her while his regular psyche hated her.]] In the movie, [[spoiler:the Narrator manages to regain his sanity, eleven buildings are destroyed by Tyler's explosives, and the Narrator and Marla hold hands while watching in awe. [[FreezeFrameBonus Big black cock]], roll credits.]] Creator/ChuckPalahniuk likes the movie's ending more than his.
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GainaxEnding: In the prologue to the graphic novel sequel to the book, [[spoiler:most, if not all, of the ending is implied to have been just the Narrator's own hallucinations while in the mental institution. A variant of the book's undeniably happened, except with Marla giving a more definite declaration of affection and onset of pregnancy, but the confrontation with Tyler is framed through both electro-shock therapy and the actual shot through the cheek.]]
11th Jan '16 8:50:50 AM eliaskelham
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* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: The story is supposed to show how awful and self-destructive Fight Club, Project Mayhem and basically anything at all to do with Tyler Durden is, but some fans instead think it's glorifying violence and Tyler is living the life they all want to live, to the point where some people are [[CompletelyMissingThePoint setting up Fight Clubs.]]
** Alternatively, the story is supposed to mock both ways. It's meant to scorn the normal corporate suburban life and how people need to learn to let go a little more, but also show the dangers of living completely like someone like Tyler. Both the book and the movie show that you can and need to find a balance, and not become a person solely focused on their appearance, money, and job, but not become a self-destructive nihilistic nut like Tyler.\\
Project Mayhem was an exaggerated version of the very real [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cacophony_Society Cacophony Society]], which the author was a member of. The Cacophony Society was formed out of a group known as the Suicide Club ([[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything though they did not actually commit suicide]]) and is more or less the {{evil twin}} of Creator/ImprovEverywhere, where they play pranks to make people unhappy rather than happy.
28th Oct '15 7:16:16 AM Berrenta
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* BitchTits: TropeNamer. Robert "Big Bob" Paulson got testicular cancer due to a history of steroid abuse. As a result of the cancer he had his testicles removed, and due to a hormone imbalance he later developed gynecomastia, earning him the nickname "bitch tits" by the narrator.
27th Oct '15 10:51:06 PM ErebusElysium
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* BitchTits: TropeNamer. Robert "Big Bob" Paulson got testicular cancer due to a history of steroid abuse. As a result of the cancer he had his testicles removed, and due to a hormone imbalance he later developed gynecomastia, earning him the nickname "bitch tits" by the narrator.
7th May '15 7:13:25 AM mrnoc
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** In the prologue to the graphic novel sequel to the book, [[spoiler:most, if not all, of the ending is implied to have been just the Narrator's own hallucinations while in the mental institution. A variant of the book's is hinted to have happened, except with Marla giving a more definite declaration of affection and onset of pregnancy, but the confrontation with Tyler is framed through electro-shock therapy.]]

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** In the prologue to the graphic novel sequel to the book, [[spoiler:most, if not all, of the ending is implied to have been just the Narrator's own hallucinations while in the mental institution. A variant of the book's is hinted to have undeniably happened, except with Marla giving a more definite declaration of affection and onset of pregnancy, but the confrontation with Tyler is framed through both electro-shock therapy.therapy and the actual shot through the cheek.]]
7th May '15 7:10:47 AM mrnoc
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** In the prologue to the graphic novel sequel to the book, [[spoiler:most, if not all, of the ending is the Narrator's implied to have been just his own hallucinations while in the mental institution. A variant of the book's is implied to have happened, except with Marla giving a more definite declaration of affection and onset of pregnancy, but the confrontation with Tyler is framed through electro-shock therapy.]]

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** In the prologue to the graphic novel sequel to the book, [[spoiler:most, if not all, of the ending is the Narrator's implied to have been just his the Narrator's own hallucinations while in the mental institution. A variant of the book's is implied hinted to have happened, except with Marla giving a more definite declaration of affection and onset of pregnancy, but the confrontation with Tyler is framed through electro-shock therapy.]]
7th May '15 7:09:42 AM mrnoc
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** In the prologue to the graphic novel sequel to the book, [[spoiler:most, if not all, of the ending is the Narrator's implied to have been just his own hallucinations while in the mental institution. A variant of the book's is implied to have happened, except with Marla giving a more definite declaration of affection and onset of pregnancy, but the confrontation with Tyler is framed through electro-shock therapy.]]
15th Oct '14 7:51:09 PM Theta1138
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The "foot cancer" the narrator talks about at one point is real; it's one of the early signs of AIDS.
10th Oct '14 11:50:23 AM Black_Diesel
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A graphic novel sequel was announced for a 2015 release.

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A [[ComicBook/FightClub2 graphic novel sequel sequel]] was announced for a 2015 release.
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