F is for Fight Club


Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk

Yes, the same Fight Club that became a movie with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.  I saw the movie first, and then had to rush out and buy the book.

I’d read other books with unreliable narrators, but this one was so different than the rest that it really made me pause in admiration for how skillfully done it was.  I love a good plot twist (as opposed to a cheap plot twist) and this was one that made me sit back and wish that I would have written it.

This book, oddly, is also when I became aware that I liked writing about mental health and started incorporating main characters with mental health issues on purpose.

I loved the message of the book, and I loved how it was told.  It taught me that a book didn’t have to be preachy or uplifting to have a positive message.  Fight Club was dark and gritty with characters who weren’t particularly good people.  But just because they weren’t good people doesn’t mean that they didn’t have a lot of positive things to say.

Fight Club is one of those rare books that have not only influenced me and made me think, but is also just an excellent read.

“Only after disaster can we be resurrected. It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything. Nothing is static, everything is evolving, everything is falling apart.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

10 comments on “F is for Fight Club

  1. I’m probably the only person who hasn’t seen the movie. I’ll put the book on my TBR list.

  2. Saw the movie but never read the book.

  3. Cynthia says:

    That’s a good quote. I’m interpreting it to say that when you’ve hit rock bottom, you can only go up from here.

  4. I.L. Wolf says:

    He’s a little violent for me over all, not just in the plot etc. but in his use of language itself, but it’s an excellent choice for F. 🙂

    A Bit to Read

  5. Tarkabarka says:

    I never read the book but I liked the movie, and based on what you say, the book sounds like it is definitely worth a read 🙂 I do like unreliable narrators too 🙂

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary

  6. Megan Morgan says:

    I love the movie. I need to read the book someday!

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