History YMMV / FightClub

17th Nov '16 5:08:15 PM whiteladydragon000
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* RealitySubtext: Palahniuk was wrestling with his sexuality at the time of writing the novel, and came out as gay shortly after its publication.
17th Nov '16 12:09:49 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: More like alternate ''movie'' interpretation. Many critics (specifically [[NeedsMoreGay Rantasmo]]) have made the comparison of the Narrator's life to that of a closeted homosexual who desperately wants to be straight (Chuck Palahniuk himself is Gay). The Narrator feels a certain "emptiness" in his life which he fills by shamelessly pretending to be someone he isn't. However, his catharsis is lost once Marla forces him to acknowledge that he's living a lie, and his anger is the catalyst to the introduction/creation of Tyler Durden, who is everything the narrator wishes he could be: attractive, confident and very obviously straight. All of the sex scenes with Marla are with the Tyler persona, while the Narrator finds her repulsive. The ensuing chaos is symbolic of someone so in denial about who they are that it becomes hurtful to themselves and everyone around them, and Tyler's [[spoiler: "death"]] is the Narrator coming to terms with who he is. Notice how he and Marla [[spoiler: hold hands instead of kissing]] at the end.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: More like alternate ''movie'' interpretation. Many critics (specifically [[NeedsMoreGay Rantasmo]]) have made the comparison of the Narrator's life to that of a closeted homosexual who desperately wants to be straight (Chuck Palahniuk himself is Gay). The Narrator feels a certain "emptiness" in his life which he fills by shamelessly pretending to be someone he isn't. However, his catharsis is lost once Marla forces him to acknowledge that he's living a lie, and his anger is the catalyst to the introduction/creation of Tyler Durden, who is everything the narrator wishes he could be: attractive, confident and very obviously straight. All of the sex scenes with Marla are with the Tyler persona, while the Narrator finds her repulsive. The ensuing chaos is symbolic of someone so in denial about who they are that it becomes hurtful to themselves and everyone around them, and Tyler's [[spoiler: "death"]] is the Narrator coming to terms with who he is. Notice how he and Marla [[spoiler: hold hands instead of kissing]] at the end.
8th Oct '16 9:34:10 AM arrgh
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*** Going off of this, it's worth mentioning that Tyler is often interpreted as a personification of toxic masculinity (being the manifestation of a relatively average dude's ideal self; "I look like you want to look, fuck like you want to fuck," etc.) intended to demonstrate how dangerous the kind of man that our culture idolizes actually is. Despite this, Fight Club is often pointed to as the ultimate Dude Film and has even been described as a celebration of masculinity, sometimes by the exact kind of person it was originally meant to skewer.

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*** Going off of this, it's worth mentioning that Tyler is often interpreted as a personification of toxic taking masculinity too far (being the manifestation of a relatively average dude's ideal self; "I look like you want to look, fuck like you want to fuck," etc.) intended to demonstrate how dangerous the kind of man that our culture idolizes actually is. Despite this, Fight Club is often pointed to as the ultimate Dude Film and has even been described as a celebration of masculinity, sometimes by the exact kind of person it was originally meant to skewer.
14th Sep '16 12:41:42 AM KingClark
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* SpritualSuccessor: To Film/Freeway.



8th Sep '16 6:03:59 AM ThePest179
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** "I am Jack's [X]"
6th Sep '16 7:26:13 PM cwf123
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* SpritualSuccessor: To Film/Freeway.
22nd Jun '16 3:48:31 AM gewunomox
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** {{Pixies}}' "Where Is My Mind?" playing over the end credits.

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** {{Pixies}}' Music/ThePixies' "Where Is My Mind?" playing over the end credits.
18th Jun '16 10:27:12 PM lady_peaseblossom
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** Also Bob, a cancer survivor who finds a renewed control of his life and his masculinity in Tyler's fight clubs and Project Mayhem [[spoiler: and ultimately gets killed for it.]]
31st May '16 2:36:19 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* CultClassic: To the point that people started real Fight Clubs.

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* CultClassic: To During its original outing in the theatres, the film fell sort of the executives' expectations and received polarized reviews from the critics. Its real breakthrough came with its DVD release, where it gathered a devoted cult following, to the point that people started real life Fight Clubs.
19th May '16 1:44:25 PM starpuncher
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*** Going off of this, it's worth mentioning that Tyler is often interpreted as a personification of toxic masculinity (being the manifestation of a relatively average dude's ideal self; "I look like you want to look, fuck like you want to fuck," etc.) intended to demonstrate how dangerous the kind of man that our culture idolizes actually is. Despite this, Fight Club is often pointed to as the ultimate Dude Film and has even been described as a celebration of masculinity, sometimes by the exact kind of person it was originally meant to skewer.


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** A slightly meta example in how "the first rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club" has undergone MemeticMutation. In pop culture, it's often brought up when someone asks about the book/movie, at which point someone recites the first rule of Fight Club and refuses to talk about it further. In the actual material, the first rule of Fight Club pretty much exists to be broken. Members of Fight Club aren't supposed to keep their traps shut about Fight Club, they're meant to go out and tell as many guys as they can about it. Project Mayhem relies on Tyler having amassed an army, which wouldn't be possible if the first rule was supposed to be taken literally.
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