"If you are reading this, then this warning is for you. Every word you read of this meaningless text is another waste of a piece of your life. Don't you have other things to do? Is your life so empty that you can't think of a better way to spend this moment? Or are you so impressed by the authority that you show respect and trust to everyone who claims it? Do you think you're supposed to think? Buying what you're told to want? Get out of this room. Meet the opposite sex. Stop excessive shopping and masturbation. Quit your job. Start a fight. Prove that you're alive. If you don't declare your humanity, you won't become a statistic. You were warned."
The idea to write "Fight Club" came to Chuck Palahniuk's mind after a tourist trip. When he approached the strangers with a request not to make noise, they responded with their fists. After returning home, colleagues did not ask Palahniuk for bruises on his face. They simply ignored this fact. Coldness and unwillingness to go into the details of someone else's life gave rise to the novel.
The "club" has many interpretations in the literature. The writer himself considers his work a monument of the twentieth century, when the HIV epidemic became commonplace. "The Fight Club generation is the first to consider sex and death synonymous," Palahniuk says. For someone, this novel is too vulgar.
First of all, "Fight Club" is a book. In almost all cases, the film will differ from the canon. Many people are seriously upset by this fact. But the director is as much a creator as a writer. So how does Palahniuk's "Fight Club" differ from Fincher's?
The director and the writer have fundamentally different endings. If in the film the main character and his girlfriend look at the collapse of skyscrapers and the collapse of consumer society to the song Pixies, then in the book everything is less romantic. There is no scuffle between Tyler and the Narrator. All this time, Marla and the participants of the "Mayhem" project are trying to save him from a bullet wound. After that, the hero ends up in a psychiatric hospital, where he is surrounded by angels from the Old Testament.
David Fincher shot his vision of the "Club". The plot has become more logical and ironic. The picture is mundane and gloomy. The director also left Easter eggs. Before we get to know Tyler Durden, we'll see him as the 25th frame exactly four times. Moreover, it appears only after the marker words: copy, pain, open, insomnia. Against the background of the Narrator, Tyler always stands out. He often dresses in red. An extravagant, norm-free image emphasizes the importance of the character in the eyes of a faded loser hero.
From the point of view of psychology, Tyler Durden is superhuman. He is an idealized version of the main character. His visual projection. In psychoanalysis, this is called It. "Fight Club" can be fully considered a synopsis of Freud's "Discontent with Culture". The conditional Oedipus complex of the protagonist manifests itself in the symbolic murder of people who replaced his parents, including Tyler. The popularity of the film among young people is due to the complete freedom and encouragement of violence.
There are differences in the characters of the characters that surround the Narrator. For example, Marla is more sensitive and feminine. However, both in the film and in the book, she remains selfish and sloppy. Often, feminism is attributed to Marla Singer, which the Narrator and Tyler oppose. The phrase "we are a generation of men raised by women. Will another woman help us solve our problems?" becomes the leitmotif of the whole story.
Another key character is the guy with the face of an angel. The film has an accurate description of the hero himself, but there is no description of the Narrator's experiences that this guy causes. It is here that the main character moves to a new level. He seeks to destroy something beautiful.
The same thoughts may be repeated in the book. Sometimes Palanik modifies them, but this is done to maintain a painful atmosphere. In the original, the first two rules of the fight club and the "Mayhem" project sound the same. The expressions "liar", "Tyler's kiss" (the symbol of initiation in the "Debacle") are also common. The scene describing getting burned is also different from what we see on the screen.
The basic idea of the "Fight Club" was interpreted from different sides. Fincher complicates the story, gives it a more philosophical meaning. Palanik, on the contrary, simplifies. In both cases, the authors are accused of excessive violence, intolerance and fascism. According to critics, David Fincher managed to uncover the harmful influence on consumer culture, especially from young people. The message that Tyler carries has its reasons. His ideology can be traced both in the book and in the film. Hence Tyler's philosophy. The main idea is the desire for self–destruction. "I have done away with the thirst for physical power and possessive instinct," Tyler whispers, "because only through self—destruction can I come to power over the spirit."