I have not seen the movie, but I just finished the book and I thought it was fantastic. Not really what I expected, though. I've read reviews where the book is called a "guys' book" and I kind of understand why they say that, it's raw and brutal and angry, but I don't believe that those traits are exclusive to men. In some ways it reminds me of Fahrenheit 451 and The Road and American Psycho. I want someone I know to have read it so I can discuss it with them, but so far I haven't found anyone.
I found the narration of the audiobook was grating and had difficulty not comparing it to the movie. The story and characters are different enough to justify reading the book if you liked the movie, but skip the audiobook.
If you saw the movie, don't worry. I feel the book enhances the movie, going beyond what they could do on the big screen. Even though I knew "the twist", it's still hard to see it coming. Many say this book is an attack on commercialism, but for me I found it to be a brilliant insight into a truely deranged mind!
No, it was a bit too vulgar and anarchistic for me.
I've read some, and it's one of his better ones. Survivor is my personal favorite of his though.
I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^
15 years ago, I saw the movie. So, apparently, did every other slightly or mildly disaffected young man-boy in the country. I remember when even at BYU students were forming fight clubs after the movie. No project mayhem. BYU is far too neat for that (Cougars don't cut corners), but plenty of virgins banging on each other. It was a little bit absurd. OK. It was a lot bit absurd. Anyway, I didn't want to read the book until I had spent enough time away from Fincher's tight, sweaty adaption (and BYU) so that there would be a chance the book would stand on its own. So it wouldn't just be a re-cap of the movie. Impossible. There are only those who read the book after the movie and those who read the book before the movie, and those who read it before aren't talking.
I was surprised and disappointed to discover that this novel just isn't that good. Despite a good narrator, large chunks of this book are boring. Usually, if a movie is based on a novel, and you like the movie, then the novel will add layers of enjoyment to the film. With Fight Club, though, the quality of the movie just ruins this mediocre novel. If you loved the movie, just watch it again and leave this book on the shelf.
l absolutely enjoyed this book. even though I knew how it would end (because movie) I was still fascinated with how the story was told and the details. great read. Absolutely would read this again.
Loved the movie, loved the book. Kept expecting to know what was next, but liked that it was different