Whilst in Portland visiting dear friends, we stopped by Powell’s book store and in my browsings, I found Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club 2. It’s a graphic novel this time, so it manages to do two things at the same time:
1) Provide a sequel to Palahniuk’s original novel
2) Provide a storyboard for what the sequel to the movie would look like
The story is fairly straightforward: you saw Fight Club (the movie), right? Maybe you read the book if you’re one of those bookish types? Well, take the events from the last scene in the movie and then fast forward 10 years.
Marla and Jack have had a marriage and a child and they’re both getting a bit nostalgic about the crazy life they left behind years before for a life of sedate(d) domestic bliss. Events conspire and, for a handful of reasons, Jack stops taking his meds.
And, at that point, we see what happens when Tyler Durden comes back and takes Project Mayhem out of storage.
Or, more precisely, what happens when Chuck Palahniuk takes Tyler Durden out of storage.
The story is interesting, there are a number of exceptional monologues, and we visit the origin stories of a number of old friends (including a surprising origin story to Tyler Durden himself).
That said, once the story decides to go “meta”, it really puts its back into going meta and does the thing where an author yells at his/her fanbase about not liking the right stuff about his/her stories. I hate that thing. That said, the original story for Fight Club was kind of messed up and the sequel comes out and explicitly explores the whole messed-uppedness. There are fewer examples of events that might inspire a “hey, that’d be kind of cool!” response and a lot more of the whole “hey, this is really messed up” experience.
But it feels like Palahniuk yelling that we enjoyed the movie wrong.
As such, I’d only really recommend the sequel to people who need to know what happened next after the buildings fell. The people who might feel a temporary spike of curiosity? Eh, you’ll probably walk away feeling disappointed.
Or feel yelled at.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?
(Featured Image is “Edison’s Telephonoscope” by George du Maurier from Punch Almanack for 1879)