Palahnuik Breaks No. 1 Rule of ‘Fight Club,’ Talks About Sequel
The cult classic novel of male bonding and social destruction Fight Club is getting a sequel almost 10 years later, author Chuck Palahnuik has announced. The sequel to Fight Club will be set 10 years after the events of the first book and will be published as a series of 10 graphic novels via Dark Horse Comics in May 2015, the author said to USA Today. (If you haven’t seen or read Fight Club, this article contains some spoilers.)
Of course, by talking about Fight Club, Palahnuik is breaking the first two rules of fight club, and it will be interesting to see how fans react to his decision to delve back into that world. For years, the controversial cult favorite writer had considered the story of Fight Club to be finished, but his involvement in the comic book scene in Portland, Oregon, caused him to revisit the writing and consider doing a sequel from the unnamed narrator’s perspective years later.
Fight Club 2 sees the narrator (nameless in the book, but referred to as “Jack” in the film) married to Marla Singer with a young son named Junior. The narrator, who in Fight Club rages against all the ways in which his father failed him, lets down his son in many of the same ways that his own father disappointed him.
At the end of the first book, Jack has finally gotten rid of his violent alter ego, Tyler Durden. In the sequel, Palahnuik said that he will give readers more information on where Tyler came from.”Tyler is something that maybe has been around for centuries and is not just this aberration that’s popped into [the narrator’s] mind,” Palahnuik told USA Today. He also promised that the sequel would bring back most of the characters from the first novel, as well as the prankster terrorist group Project Mayhem.
Fight Club was “such a tirade against fathers — everything I thought my father had not done combined with everything my peers were griping about their fathers,” Palahnuik said, per USA Today. “Now to find myself at the age that my father was when I was trashing him made me want to revisit it from the father’s perspective and see if things were any better and why it repeats like that.”
This isn’t the first that’s been heard of a Fight Club sequel. Palahnuik first announced that he was working on a sequel to his most famous work at Comic-Con last year, but didn’t release any details as to when it would be released.
He only said at the time: “It will likely be a series of books that update the story 10 years after the seeming end of Tyler Durden. Nowadays, Tyler is telling the story, lurking inside Jack, and ready to launch a comeback. 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.”
Fight Club gained the most fame when it was adapted into a film starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, and directed by David Fincher in 1999. The movie itself has considerable cult status and has introduced many people to Palahnuik’s writing. Many found they could identify with Fight Club’s sentiments of anti-consumerism and pro-masculinity, and people even began forming their own fight clubs inspired by the book and movie.
USA Today reports that Palahnuik will be on a Fight Club panel with Fincher at Comic-Con in San Diego this year, where the author will likely speak more about the upcoming sequel and maybe whether Fincher would be up for a film adaptation.
Despite the anti-capitalism ethos put forth in the novel, the idea of making a sequel to Fight Club smells kind of fishy — or, more accurately, reeks of cash. The book’s ending doesn’t leave much room for a sequel, only suggesting that no matter what the narrator does, he cannot escape what he has created with Project Mayhem.
The idea of him happily marrying Marla Singer and having a kid is almost laughable, although it’s possible the traumatic events leading up to his breakdown could lead to him returning to his stultifying “normal” existence. Fight Club is Palahnuik’s most famous book by far, and a sequel is guaranteed to generate interest and sell, regardless of whether continuing on actually serves the story.
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