I’m just really excited and interested in the names you guys have chosen.
I’m FireboltAsphodel119. What’s yours? :)
Author Chuck Palahniuk first came up with the idea for the novel after being beaten up on a camping trip when he complained to some nearby campers about the noise of their radio. When he returned to work, he was fascinated to find that nobody would mention or acknowledge his injuries, instead saying such commonplace things as “How was your weekend?” Palahniuk concluded that the reason people reacted this way was because if they asked him what had happened, a degree of personal interaction would be necessary, and his workmates simply didn’t care enough to connect with him on a personal level. It was his fascination with this societal ‘blocking’ which became the foundation for the novel.
clever old chuckster
I loved hearing him talk about this novel when we saw him speak live. Someone asked him about his philosophy and Nihilism and Tyler Durden and his views on the world and Chuck explained that it isn’t about rejecting and destroying everything. Tyler is a metaphor for teenage rebellion, basically, and getting away from everything you’ve been taught, and growing up to find a balance between the two. Not to just conform and go by what you’ve been told day by day and never change anything but not to stand up and say fuck the world and live in chaos, either. He said, “It’s not about the world.” It’s about individually breaking free of the mundane status quo and societal conformity and paving your own way, but not necessarily rejecting society and morality and rules. I don’t know, I’m doing a terrible job at explaining this. But hopefully someone gets my point.