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Let's have a Palahniuk love in
im a shit reader and i basically read it in one sitting it was so compelling
i read it a bit late, so the whole "cult of celebrity" angle of it seemed a little dated tho.
is it the one with all the tips on cleaning up after a massacre at a house?
Actually some pretty useful tips re. semen...
but he gets boring very very quickly.
I hope you're wrong...
I'm just about to start Haunted...
I've pretty much prepared myself for the very worst (in shock, etc. terms), as from things I've read about it, it's pretty fucked, I just hope I've got myself covered...
with the fingernails and the pitchfork
but did find they got a bit formulaic. but his writing style still really appeals to me, and the facts and research he crams in entertain me.
You know Guts from the beginning of Haunted?
is the only thing by him that i've read, it felt like a 16 year old trying to be as 'shocking' as possible.
and it felt like he was writing to a mathematical formula to make sure that for every so many lines there was a 'shock' or gross thing.
if the rest of his stuff is as trashy as that then i'm glad i haven't tainted my shelves with his novels.
It's basically Fight Club with cars, but I enjoyed it.
What I don't get is...
1) His book's are completely formulaic and bascially the same story being told over and over
2) His books almost never hold together plotwise
but somehow he's still near enough my favourite writer - somehow or other the brilliance of his ideas seems to transcend all the flaws.
I've said it on here before, but he seems to write himself into a corner, with the only escape being ever more ludicrous plot twists. Rant wasn't too bad for this. It kind of prepared you early on. It reminded me a bit of Philip K Dick, or JG Ballard.
couldnt get into Diary.
with the exception of fight club. Both lullaby and choke are dire. Plotwise, don't work, awful characters with no sympathy generated for them
I really struggle with most Palahniuks work. Everything just seems too forced and patched together. Haunted and Diary just made me feel dirty.
But Survivor is amazing.
and found it had very similar themes and structure to Fight Club.
It also seemed a little childish in places, like it was written by an eager teenager.
this one's good too
So, I was just contemplating buying Fight Club, went to make a cup of tea, as you do, and started thinking about the film and how I hadn't seen it in ages, flicked the tv over to BBC2, and it turns out it's on tonight