As if I needed another reason to hate all the people who went to Comic Con 2013 instead of me, I was devastated/thrilled to hear that Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club, will be writing a sequel to his bestseller. In graphic novel format.
Whoa, whoa, WHOA.
Upon reading this news, my brain threw its (non-literal) hands in the air, slammed the front door, drove away, and has spent the last 6 weeks at a yoga retreat in Sonoma. In other words, I’m having a hard time processing that my favorite book of the twentieth century is going to have a fucking sequel.
I know I’m breaking the first rule, but let’s talk about how frickin amazing this book was and how ballsy Palahniuk is to be writing a sequel. AS A GRAPHIC NOVEL.
3 reasons why Fight Club kicks ass:
1. Tyler Durden/the narrator kick ass (sometimes literally).
2. It discusses a late twentieth century post modern view of masculinity and the expectations for men in a modern world.
3. Palahniuk gives a giant middle finger to societal and literary expectations by creating an antisocial, combative, mentally ill main character that is nevertheless likable.
Dear Chuck Palahniuk, thank you for writing something that is well worth reading. Please continue to do so.
In the sequel, Palahniuk will be jumping forward ten years after the demise of Tyler Durden. In a message he wrote for his fanpage, he says, “It will likely be a series of books that update the story ten years after the seeming end of Tyler Durden. Nowadays, Tyler is telling the story, lurking inside Jack, and ready to launch a come-back. Jack is oblivious. Marla is bored. Their marriage has run aground on the rocky coastline of middle-aged suburban boredom. It’s only when their little boy disappears, kidnapped by Tyler, that Jack is dragged back into the world of Mayhem.”
Tyler Durden will be back with a vengeance, it seems.
I don’t mind one bit.
Disclaimer: The Collective owns none of these images.
- Fight Club sequel on way as graphic novel, Chuck Palahniuk reveals (guardian.co.uk)
- Chuck Palahniuk Announces Graphic Novel Sequel to ‘Fight Club’ (laughingsquid.com)
- Style Salute: Tyler Durden in Fight Club (jacamoblog.co.uk)