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Fight Club 2 Essay

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1. Who wrote the novel and who directed the film?
Born on February 21, 1962, Chuck Palahniuk’s early life was full of strife. His parents separated when he was 14, sending him and his siblings to live with their grandparents. Within a few years of their divorce, both of Palahniuk’s parents died. Carol, is mother, died of cancer, while his father, Fred was murdered. After high school, Palahniuk attended the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism. Graduating in 1986, Palahniuk then held multiple odd jobs. He was a journalist and essayist, as well as, a mechanic and homeless shelter/ hospice volunteer. Palahniuk also became a member of the Cacophony Society, an organization much like his ...view middle of the document...

Fincher is divorced with one daughter, Phelix Imogen, and is still directing successful movies.
2. Is the film version an effective adaptation of the novel or not? Why?
David Fincher’s, Fight Club, is one of the few adaptations where the movie is better than the book. “Better” being a relative term, because the book is not bad, the movie is just better. The novel is quite enjoyable. Palahniuk’s narrator is unnamed, unhappy and unreliable. Written in the first person, the narrator’s internal monologue is sarcastic, cynical and bitter, which at times makes for jumbled and confusing reading. However, those pieces that make the novel hard to follow, are the very same that make it entertaining. With those elements the book should have been difficult to translate to film; but David Fincher did it. In fact, he did it better. The parts of the novel that seem like they would be the hardest to portray, are what make the film so memorable. The movie follows the novel in almost every way. Filmmakers stuck with the voiceover narration, and Edward Norton aced the part. (The narrator will forever sound like Edward Norton.) Also by cutting character and combing scenes, Fincher makes for memorable moments in the movie that play out better than in the book....

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