“Only after disaster can we be resurrected. It's only after you've lost everything that you're free to do anything. Nothing is static, everything is evolving, everything is falling apart.”
I’ve been waiting to talk about this book all month! Chuck Palahniuk is one of the most unique authors I have ever read and “Fight Club” is just iconic. The movie adaption is also one of my favorite movies as it doesn't stray too far from the novel and David Fincher always knows what he is doing.
As far as narrators go, we have a lot to discuss, so I’ll do my best to keep it short.
Most of Fight Club is straight up first person, which makes sense given the fun twist at the end. We could only know the main characters perceptive for this surprise to work.
Sometimes, though, the narrator shifts into the second person, talking directly to us (or someone else, at least: "You wake up at O'Hare. You wake up at LaGuardia. You wake up at Logan"
So what does this shift in perspective accomplish?
First, it puts us, as readers, right into the story. We could be one of the nameless dudes in Project Mayhem, or one of the guys rolling around on the basement floor, beaten to a bloody pulp.
Second person also illustrates, even further, how detached our narrator is from reality. He is the one waking up at O'Hare, at LaGuardia, at Logan. Is he talking to himself in the second person? Just one of many clues that *spoiler!!* our narrator and Tyler Durden are the same person.
There are so many other topics I would love to cover on this book and the movie, but for the sake of keeping the theme, I’ll close here.
But here is an interesting article that I am open for discussion about: First rule of Fight Club: no one talks about the quality of the writing
What are your thoughts on “Fight Club?” On the use of the second person in a narrative?
Implementing what we have learned | writing prompt
Write a scene in the tense you are most comfortable with, either first or third. Then try it again in second person. Its a great exercise to free the mind of its usual tendencies and see your narrative from a totally new perceptive.