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Fight Club | Chuck Palahniuk
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zurazureen
Fight Club | Chuck Palahniuk
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Fast pace and more dramatic than the movie

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mindduckbooks
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Check out our discussion on the mind duck books podcast

https://bit.ly/3yPzZtE

Both Paolo and Paul joined on this one to discuss the book that the famous movie is based on. We talk about what Chuck Palahniuk likes to do in his free time, talk about Fight club comic books – Fight Club 2 and 3. We also look at Fight Club 4 the children‘s book and finally look at the connection to Mr. Robot.

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QuothTheRavenclawNevermore
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My little book haul today. I‘m so excited to change my classics over to hardbacks, even though it has been a search to find them.

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MoonWitch94
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤❌❤️ 6mo
shortsarahrose I‘ve never picked it up, but I HATED the movie, so I doubt I would like the book. 6mo
MoonWitch94 @shortsarahrose SAME! I thought maybe the movie would be better—-NOPE! 🤪 6mo
Eggs It‘s not my cup of 🍵 either…great choice 6mo
MoonWitch94 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs I‘m glad others feel the same! 6mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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Went out for cocktails and Vietnamese food again 💕 this time with Sarah who I'll be cat sitting for over the next couple of weeks.

The fight club cocktail came with edible soap (basically a sherbert ice cube) 🍸🍹

My plan is to make my way through the entire menu over the next few months 😄💅

TheKidUpstairs Looks amazing! 6mo
RaeLovesToRead @TheKidUpstairs It was sooo good! 😊 6mo
mabell Wow that‘s an impressive cocktail! 6mo
RaeLovesToRead @mabell They are pricey but so worth it! 🥰 6mo
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Addison_Reads
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#SavvySettings @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Although I prefer the ending of the book to the movie, I thoroughly enjoyed both of these and each features the main character in a #Skyscraper.

Eggs Well done 🏙 8mo
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LeaKell
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Sometimes you should read books that make you uncomfortable and this one definitely fits the bill.

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LeftyDv
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The first rule of fight club is you don‘t talk about fight club. I‘ll follow the rules and leave you with this Haiku instead:

Noir novel that
Is unsettling at times
Worth the time to read

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yoavshai
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#BookCoverChallenge
Day 115.
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.

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Bookalong
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Palahniuk prose were riviting, and although I knew the plot I was still intrigued by the unpredictable narrator. I was curious to see how things would unfold in print form and for the most part the movie follows the book pretty accurately. This is a rare case where I enjoyed the movie more actually. This one fell somewhere in the middle for me. It's definitely one of thoes books that wont be for everyone. #bookreview

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Readerann
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Mehso-so

Certainly not a pleasant read, but I‘ve been curious about Chuck Palahniuk for years. I can‘t quite give the book an enthusiastic pick, but it was inventive and will stay with me for a while. 3* out of 5 (I have not seen the movie.)

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Wellreadhead
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Couldn‘t decide what to read next, so I decided to re-read this. Didn‘t quite pack the same punch (what the hell ever does?) and I found it extremely hard to read now without seeing it as a prophecy in which everything came true except the liberation.

#athinsliceofanxiety #fightclub

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Ast_Arslan
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@Eggs
#ConflictedWorlds

Day 30 - #Anger

Sometimes I would like to join a club like this to vent my anger 😅

Eggs 📚😫🥊 1y
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faramir
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I finally got around to reading this, and while it wasn't great for my insomnia it was an excellent read and an entirely original story.

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abookdragonsretreat
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This book was dark, gritty and twisted. I really enjoyed reading this classic though I would advise that it's pretty pessimistic and brutally honest about some dark topics. I liked the plot and the anger and perception of the world from our main characters, though I did find it confusing at times until the end with the massive plot twists. The writing style was odd as the conversations aren't written like normal, but I loked the originality of it.

julesG You'll never look at a piece of soap the same way again. Right? 1y
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abookdragonsretreat
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"We are not special.
We are not crap or trash, either.
We just are.
We just are, and what happens just happens."

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abookdragonsretreat
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"The first rule about fight club is you don't talk about fight club"

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abookdragonsretreat
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This quote is pretty cool.

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Nalbuque
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A short classic. One of those I liked it as a teen and wondered if it‘d stand…I was wildly uncomfortable reading a good chunk of it, but the overall critique herein benefits from the graphic language imo. Some of Palahniuk‘s later work felt like he was being crass just for the sake of it, shocking readers for no good reason. But not this one! What a ride. Eager to reread some of his other books now!

#2021 #ReRead

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vanexana
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Assurdo la mia vita

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BookDragonNotWorm
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I'm breaking the first rule - I'm going to talk about Fight Club! This was an interesting read. I saw the movie years ago and remembered the twist, which was unfortunate because I would have liked to have experienced the surprise while reading it. However, even knowing what happens, the way Palahniuk artfully weaves his web of in your face deception is fascinating. A great study in unreliable narrators for writers and entertaining to boot!

Jerlynn I love this book! It's one of my favorites❤️ 1y
BookDragonNotWorm @Jerlynn I wish I hadn't seen the movie years ago - would have loved for the plot twist to have been a surprise! 1y
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lil1inblue
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“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.” Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

#QuotsyMar21 #Disaster #ChuckPalahniuk #FightClub

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GatheringBooks
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GinaKButler
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#floridalife 🌞 🏝 💦

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GinaKButler
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Here we go...first book of 2021!

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Ashleytesta
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Mehso-so

Good

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Brooke_H
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I mean... I would talk about Fight Club, but you know, the first rule and all... 😉 (Quarantine book #42; read a book by a queer writer)

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Graves
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Spectacular, far and away so much better than the movie. They are, in fact so different that I now consider them two different pieces of work/narrative.
Fight Club is a novel for broken men. Men who feel like they have no one to talk to, no one to expose their weaknesses to......it's a commentary on emotional maintenance and I loved it.

Danielthewriter Well said. 👍 3y
Graves @Danielthewriter thank you! 2y
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Jari-chan
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The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club.

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MoniqueReads305
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For the first time in a long time I completed my GoodReads Challenge. Book #52 was Fight Club. Still trying to process how I feel about this one.

I'm super excited to say that I completed my GoodReads Challenge early. 🎉🎉🎉

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Yay! Congratulations! 🥳 I‘m on the home stretch with my GR challenge ☺️ 3y
Liatrek Congrats 🎉🎉🎉 3y
Sace Woo hoo! 🎉🎉🎉 3y
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rachelm Congrats! 3y
Eggs 👏🏻🎉🥳🤗 3y
WorldsOkayestStepMom Congratulations! 3y
Reggie Congrats!!!!!🎈 3y
Nute Congratulations on a fantastic accomplishment!🤗 3y
Tamra Yay for you!! 3y
Hooked_on_books Hooray! Nice job! 🎉 3y
Megabooks 🥳🥳🎉🎉📚📚👍🏻👍🏻 3y
Birdsong28 Congratulations 🎊 🎉 📚 📖 3y
sprainedbrain Woohoo!!! 🎉🎉🎉 3y
Bookzombie Congratulations!! 3y
ephemeralwaltz Yoohoo!! I also made mine earlier this year. Never thought I would! 3y
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MoniqueReads305
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The Fight Club is one of the books that I never had a plan of reading. I saw the movie first and the desire to read the source material never developed. But a library sale happened and now it's on my physical #TBR so I'm #currentlyreading

KendallHershey I just read it a few months back and really enjoyed it! It had been a long time since I‘d seen the movie and I think that helped. 3y
MoniqueReads305 @KendallHershey That's good to know. I saw the movie when it first came to DVD. So, it's been years. 3y
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TK421
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@MaleficentBookDragon once again you have sent me a great #LMPBC package! Thank you so much for the books, candy, coffee, and seasons 1 and 2 of The Strain! You are awesome!
@Avanders @Bklover @BethM

MaleficentBookDragon You are welcome. Sorry I was so late again. I'm the worst. 3y
vivastory You're in for a treat with The Strain! 3y
TK421 @MaleficentBookDragon no worries about being late, and you are by no means the worst. 😊 3y
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Bklover She is definitely NOT the worst. I think I have claimed that crown for myself! @MaleficentBookDragon @TK421 3y
BethM Awesome job! And neither one of you are the worst! @MaleficentBookDragon @Bklover ! 3y
BethM In fact I‘d just keep you guys going as my group! 😘 3y
Bklover @BethM I am sending you the BIGGEST hug! Thank you! 💖💖💖 3y
TK421 @BethM I totally agree with you. I love our group for this round. @MaleficentBookDragon @Bklover @Avanders @BethM you are all wonderful! 3y
Avanders Yay what a fun package!! 👏🏽👏🏽 lol I think all this talk about who is “the worst” when you guys all don‘t actually *name* me is a little on the nose, ey? 🤣🤣 But srsly, i agree w you all that this is a 💯🔥 #lmpbc group!! 💗💗 @bklover @bethm @MaleficentBookDragon @tk421 3y
MaleficentBookDragon I would LOVE to keep our group together. Another round of creatures? Ghosts? Steampunk? Something different? Or a free for all? 3y
BethM How do you all feel about historical fiction? 3y
TK421 @MaleficentBookDragon @Avanders @Bklover @BethM I would be happy to keep our group going. I'm up for reading most genres. #noneofyouaretheworst 3y
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Landon
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The first rule of Fight Club is you don‘t talk about Fight Club.

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SmartSassery
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This book was sent by a loving friend. I cannot believe how many reads I have gotten in the mail over the summer. I am forever grateful. This one was a nice surprise and a pretty comical read. I have to say I enjoyed it quite a bit more than I thought I would. I almost didn't read it but I'm glad I did.

Jee_HookedOnBookz Saw the movie haven't read the book! Glad you enjoyed it! 😊 How are you? 3y
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Morr_Books
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A big thank you @erzascarletbookgasm !!! Got this wonderful surprise in the mail yesterday. So excited! #bookmail #litsylove #jb

erzascarletbookgasm Yay! I hope you‘ll enjoy reading it! 4y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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“Tyler says I‘m nowhere near hitting the bottom, yet. And if I don‘t fall all the way, I can‘t be saved.”

In Fight Club, self-destruction is a way to discover the truth of your own heart and to be ‘hitting the bottom‘, you have to lose and sacrifice everything in your life.

#springintoreading #saved

Severnmeadows Brilliant paintings. 4y
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Samara_Kipnis
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“And a moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection” (173).
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Samara_Kipnis
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Such a weird, weird, creepy book. Engaging when I brave it. Thought-provoking lines throughout.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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It‘s a #harddaysnight for the men of Fight Club and Project Mayhem when they gather together to ‘feel alive‘ before returning to their sleep walking-zombie-like figures at their jobs in the morning.

#anglophileapril

batsy Nice one! 4y
Kalalalatja Good pick! 4y
Mdargusch Perfect choice! 4y
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Abailliekaras My son (7) has just discovered the Beatles and is playing this song on repeat! 🙉🙄 4y
Cinfhen Ha!!! Perfect 🥊 4y
Reviewsbylola Definitely not a good night. 😬 4y
emilyhaldi Damn! 4y
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Samara_Kipnis
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“...maybe we have to break everything to make something better out of ourselves” (52).

RochAnn Intense!! 4y
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Samara_Kipnis
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Borrowing this copy from my coworker. Loving her annotations!

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DebinHawaii
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I realized that although I broke the rules with #90sSpringFling & talked about Fight Club, I didn't review it. A so-so as it's not the book for me--too grossly wacko, but I think Palahniuk shows some demented brilliance in especially the twist. My e-book's afterward about fight clubs in culture was fascinating. I never would have read it except for the #buddyread but now I want to watch the movie full on instead of the parts/pieces I saw before.

Cinfhen I think the movie is better!! The ambiguity of the book flows better on film. But it was still wacko and too violent and I think somewhat juvenile too. Thanks for joining in on discussion. It helped me appreciate the book way more. 4y
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BarbaraBB
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Thank you all for participating in #90sSpringFling. It was so much fun to see how we all over the world lived our lives through the 90s, listened to the same music and dressed the same way.
The Fight Club buddy read has really taken the book to new level. @Cinfhen thank you for organizing. I hope you‘ve had a great wedding party tonight. 💕

Next will be a #BelowZer00s buddy read (and party 🎉🎈), January 10-12. Details will follow! 😘❤️

TrishB Thanks for hosting you two 😁 I didn‘t have much to add to discussions as I didn‘t finish. I really enjoyed reading everyone‘s comments though. 4y
Billypar Thanks to you and @Cinfhen for putting this together! Really enjoyed the 90s nostalgia, and Fight Club discussion 😃 4y
BarbaraBB @TrishB I loved your posts this weekend about music and style! Looking forward to the 00‘s! 😘 4y
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BarbaraBB @Billypar Thank you for being there. Your posts were great and your FC observations sharp as ever. I hope you‘ll join again for the 00‘s 😘 4y
Kalalalatja Woohoo! Thanks for hosting 😘 4y
BethM What book is the next one? And in what month not Jan right? 4y
Librarybelle Thanks to you and @Cinfhen for hosting! Looking forward to the ‘00‘s! 4y
Megabooks Thanks for the fun! Really enjoyed it Barbara and @Cinfhen 😁💜 4y
Mtroiano Thanks for hosting! It was fun! 4y
peaknit Thank you both! I look forward to the next read! 4y
TrishB Looking forward to it 👍🏻😘 00s Trish had red hair for a while 😁 4y
BookwormAHN That was fun, thanks for hosting 😺 4y
GripLitGrl Thank you both for hosting! Looking forward to the next one sorry i was late to discussion today 4y
batsy Thank you both for the fab photo challenge and discussion ❤️ 4y
erzascarletbookgasm Thank you both for hosting. Great discussion points and loving all the 90s icon that came with the Qs @BarbaraBB 😉. Looking forward to the next buddy read. @Cinfhen always host such memorable and fun parties! 😘 4y
Cinfhen Haven‘t had a chance to check out the discussion yet....NEED COFFEE FIRST 🙄but I‘m sure @BarbaraBB did a magnificent job 🙌🏻❤️Thank you all for celebrating the arrival of Spring with us, we‘re excited to cozy up with you guys for #BelowZer00s ☃️❄️🍵 @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy @GripLitGrl @BookwormAHN @TrishB @peaknit @Mtroiano @Megabooks @Librarybelle @Kalalalatja @Billypar and don‘t forget to nominate a book written in the aughts @bethm Jan! 4y
JaclynW Thanks for hosting and creating these fun reads! @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB It's always good fun! 4y
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BarbaraBB
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#90sSpringFling

Question 7 of 7.

If you participated in #StepfordSummerParty and or #HellOween  buddy reads did you have a favorite book? How did Fight Club compare to the other two books? How did you feel about Palahniuk‘s writing compared to the others? Do you see any similarities between the three books? Would you consider Fight Club horror???

Megabooks I didn‘t do either of those buddy reads, but I have read The Stepford Wives. I think Fight Club is more suspense than horror, but I did find FC scarier! 4y
BookwormAHN I missed The Stepford Wives, but I really loved The Elementals. I liked the way Palahniuk writes but I didn't think that Fight Club was horror. I think it was more psychological suspense. 4y
BarbaraBB I agree, FC is much more psychological than horror. I didn‘t do either of the other buddy reads but I will be joining from now on ♥️ 4y
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Librarybelle I‘ve participated in all 3! Stepford Wives was the spookiest for me, I think. The Elementals I didn‘t really enjoy and thought a little campy, though I know I was in the minority on that. Fight Club is more psychological. All three have been fun to read, and I‘m excited to see what the next read will be! 4y
TrishB I loved The Elementals. Didn‘t do Stepford Wives and bailed on Fight Club. 4y
peaknit I‘ve participated in all three as well. I enjoyed The Stepford Wives the most I think because the 70‘s were such an odd time. I didn‘t think any of them were particularly scary, but all definitely weird 😊 I‘m with @Librarybelle on The Elementals, campy is a good word. 4y
Kalalalatja I read The Elementals and enjoyed it way more than FC! 4y
thereadingowlvina I didn't join The Stepford Wives, loved The Elementals and bailed on Fight Club. I didn't like the writing at all 😔 4y
DebinHawaii I joined in all three & Stepford Wives was my favorite. All had dark elements mixed with dark humor. I agree that Fight Club was more psychological suspense than horror. I listened to The Elementals on audio which I think enhanced its campiness & made it fun-scary. Fight Club just grossed me out. So for me, I'd rank them in the order we read them. Thanks for hosting @Cinfhen & @BarbaraBB looking forward to another buddy read. 🤗 4y
CarolynM I wouldn't have read any of them without the buddy reads but I felt that all of them were interesting reads. I think The Stepford Wives was the best of them. It was atmospheric and insightful and I actually cared about the characters. Thanks for the party @Cinfhen and @BarbaraBB 😘😘 4y
GripLitGrl The stepford wives was my fave the book had a more creepy vibe & diffrent ending to the film. So while i saw the movie the book felt diffrent & kept my interest. Elementals would be my second pick. fight club the book was so-so for me really translated better for me as a film. 4y
GripLitGrl I Definitely dont see fight club as horror genre. The other two books fit into the horor genre. 4y
batsy All three are such fascinating books that I probably would have put off for longer if I didn't do the buddy reads, so thank you for that ❤️😁 Stepford and Elementals win out over Fight Club, but I'm glad I read FC; it's definitely a book that disrupts one's perspective! 4y
erzascarletbookgasm I didn‘t do The Elementals (couldn‘t get a copy on time), SW and FC were great reads though I liked SW better. Wouldn‘t have picked up FC if not for the buddy read. Both are thought provoking and have loads of discussion points. FC is definitely not horror. 4y
Cinfhen First to my triple hit players @batsy @GripLitGrl @CarolynM @DebinHawaii @peaknit @Librarybelle Thank you for partying with me through the decades! It‘s been super fun and I‘ve found our discussions really insightful. For me, SW was my fav too. The story just worked on all the levels and it‘s withstood the test of time. I too thought Elementals was more of a spoof and campy is the perfect word. It was more atmospheric than scary. Hated FC 4y
Cinfhen @Megabooks @BookwormAHN @BarbaraBB @TrishB @Kalalalatja @thereadingowlvina See above comments and THANKS for sharing your LOVE of reading with me!!! These buddy reads are only successful because of your participation!! So fun to share music, fashion and books with you all!!! Hope you‘ll be back for #BelowZer00s in Jan 2020😜 4y
JaclynW @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB I missed the Stepford Wives buddy read 🙁 but I've done the last 2 reads. I liked both The Elementals and Fight Club. I agree with others about Fight Club being more psychological and Elementals more horror (campy, yes). I think Stepford Wives would be more MY kind of book than the other two so I've got to read it someday. I have it, just need to carve out the time. I've read 2 other books from that author and LOVED them both!! 4y
JaclynW @Cinfhen Count me in for #BelowZer00s ! 4y
BarbaraBB @JaclynW Yay! You can still nominate a book from the 00s - see @Cinfhen ‘s page! 4y
JaclynW @BarbaraBB Great! Thanks! I will start thinking. 4y
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#90sSpringFling

Question 6 of 7.

CrowCAH Floppy disks 💾!!! 4y
Librarybelle Maybe it‘s the owning of an idea that ends up taking over your whole life? The more you think about an idea, the more it take over. 4y
Leftcoastzen I miss my floppy disks 💾😹 4y
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Mtroiano “Deliver me from my Swedish furniture. Deliver me from my clever art. May I never be complete. May I never be content. May I never be perfect.” I think he realizes he has been trying to buy things and create a persona to try to make himself happy and he‘s just not. That‘s why the destruction is so appealing. He‘s ready to blow up the “fake” self he‘s created and ironically become another “fake” self. 4y
BarbaraBB @Mtroiano great analysis and quote. It‘s all fake in the end. 4y
Billypar Agreed @Librarybelle - that idea reminds me of the parts near the end where he finds himself unable to stop what he's created. 4y
DebinHawaii Excellent quote @Mtroiano I loved my ?too ?and the stack of Readers Digest magazines. Growing up my parents subscribed & all of the "I am Joe's Clenching Bowels" & "I am Joe's xxx" references made me laugh. ? 4y
batsy Great points @Librarybelle @Mtroiano. I also can't help but think of the Marxist critique of capitalist society, that things rule over people. So we live our lives in service of acquiring more things as the goal; I feel like that's a part of the book's critique and satire on contemporary society. 4y
erzascarletbookgasm Good analysis @Mtroiano and yes to @batsy ‘s comment. Leads me to think of the concept of minimalist lifestyle which is a good tool in assisting people to find freedom..from worry, depression, trappings from consumer culture..etc. 4y
Cinfhen Great points!! The whole concept of Project Mayhem was about freeing ourselves from stuff and destroying what most members of society are striving for...owning stuff we don‘t need but want to possess. Like the soap he makes & sells from discarded body fat (that we pay to remove) to purchase expensive soap to keep us looking younger @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy @Mtroiano @Librarybelle @DebinHawaii @Billypar 4y
JaclynW @Mtroiano Great thoughts! "Stuff" doesn't make you who you are. That's why he felt so empty, incomplete and unhappy. He was chasing the wrong things to build himself. @betsy Yes! I agree. @erzascarletbookgasm Exactly! @Cinfhen The soap making from other people's fat and then those people were paying for the expensive product was quite hilarious! Buying back their fat. ? 4y
JaclynW @Mtroiano The Swedish furniture bit made me laugh too. Reminds me of my trips to IKEA. 😂 4y
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BarbaraBB
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#90sSpringFling

Question 5 of 7. Of course we need to make the comparison with the movie!

Megabooks I‘ve never seen the movie, but I want that water ring toss!! 4y
Mtroiano I‘ve never seen the movie but now I want to! 4y
BookwormAHN I think I actually like the movie better. 4y
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BarbaraBB I saw the movie but forgot all about it. 4y
Librarybelle I‘ve seen parts of the movie...this makes me want to see it again. 4y
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Me too, I can‘t imagine how the twist was visualized in the movie. 4y
TrishB I hated both 🤷‍♀️ I did the buddy read as thought I might enjoy more than the film! 4y
britt_brooke It‘s been 20 years or so since I‘ve seen the film and I can‘t remember it at all. I loved the book, but have often heard the movie is better, so I really want to watch it again soon. 4y
Billypar @britt_brooke I think it's been about as long for me too. I remember really liking the first half of the film and becoming less interested once the Project Mayhem section started. That didn't happen in the book as much, even though I already knew what was going to happen. So I think it's the book for me. 4y
Kalalalatja I have seen the film, but didn‘t really remember anything other than the twist 🤷‍♀️ 4y
DebinHawaii I saw parts of the movie, ages ago after it came out & never had the desire to watch the whole thing until reading the book with this group. Now I'd like to to see how they handled everything. I tried to watch it before this discussion, but ran out of time. 4y
BethM I‘m with @BookwormAHN and thought the movie was better than the Book. The book was difficult for me to get into but the movie completely captivated me. 4y
GripLitGrl I prefer the film to the book. I saw the film first & so many times it's still great i stop to watch it when it's on. 4y
erzascarletbookgasm No comment on that as I‘ve never watched. Just want to say I used to own a water toss ring like that! So fun! 4y
Cinfhen Hahaha @erzascarletbookgasm MY kids loved that game!!! Sooooo fun 😜🙌🏻 4y
Cinfhen The movie helped me visualize what I wasn‘t understanding/grasping in the novel. It worked much better in that format (for me) but I‘m glad I tried the novel first even though I hated it. Discussing with you guys makes it so much better @Megabooks @Mtroiano @BookwormAHN @Librarybelle @britt_brooke @Billypar @Kalalalatja @DebinHawaii @BethM @GripLitGrl Movie was very violent and chaotic but it was easier to follow the progression & GOOD CLUES 4y
JaclynW @Megabooks @Mtroiano @BookwormAHN @Librarybelle @britt_brooke @Billypar @Kalalalatja @DebinHawaii @BethM @GripLitGrl @BarbaraBB @TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen I've seen the movie YEARS ago. I liked (not loved) both. It was quite violent. The book had my head spinning at its craziness. But I liked the WAY it was written. It worked well with the characters and events. I really need to watch the movie again to do an accurate comparison. 4y
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BarbaraBB I didn‘t even get it when reading that he never saw Marla and Tyler together. 😊 4y
batsy I haven't watched the movie so I honestly didn't really see that coming, though a part of me was wondering what was up when Tyler was never around when Marla entered their home (and the narrator pointing out that he recognised this dysfunctional dynamic between his estranged parents, I think...? If I remember correctly 😬) 4y
BarbaraBB @batsy Neither did I. Him repeating “I used to be such a nice guy” made me thinking and finally getting it. 4y
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Megabooks When Hal Sparks ruined it for me on I 💜 the 90s on VH1. 👎🏻😆 I‘ve never seen the movie, and I‘m jealous that you guys didn‘t know the twist! 4y
BookwormAHN Originally when I saw the movie, but in the book it became more obvious when Darla and Tyler were never in the same room together. 4y
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I think that may be why the book was a pick for me, the twist was really good and showed hard how twisted the narrator‘s mind had become. (edited) 4y
Librarybelle I already knew from seeing the movie! But, I tried to pick up any clues in the book. They were subtle, but I think it‘s a good twist! 4y
britt_brooke I knew going in that there was a multiple personality involved, but I had no clue how it unfolded. It‘s been ages since I‘ve seen the film and I remembered nothing about it. 4y
peaknit I had no idea until all of a sudden, it was obvious😂 4y
Kalalalatja I had seen the movie, so it wasn‘t a big surprise for me. But I was impressive with all the subtle hints throughout the book 4y
DebinHawaii I only remember seeing part of the movie years and years ago but I had an idea going in from that & discussions about the movie and I kept an eye out for the clues like @Librarybelle I would have rather gone into it without knowing because I agree that it is a good twist. 4y
HeathHof I've seen the film so already knew but I agree, it was enjoyable discovering hints throughout the book. 4y
BethM I DNF the book but loved the movie. I remember watching the movie and the big reveal was a complete surprise to me. 4y
CarolynM I've never seen the film, but I knew from people talking about it that the 2 were 1. Like @Megabooks I envy those of you who read the book without knowing. I don't think I would have worked it out before the reveal 4y
GripLitGrl I knew from the movie like most of you but felt the book left a subtle hint of it with the Tyler & Marla situation. 4y
batsy @peaknit Yeah! I felt the same. And I think that's one of the book's strengths in terms of its structure. Something I didn't see coming and when it came it seemed like the most obvious thing of all! 4y
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve never watched the film and it was a surprise when revealed..how could I not suspect, with all the hints? 4y
Cinfhen Having read the book first and NOT knowing the twist I was honestly surprised and it took me a few minutes to process what I read even after I read it. It works on a psychological level but now I‘m wondering if what @CarolynM said is true. Could FC & Project Mayhem also been figments of his imagination @batsy @Megabooks @BookwormAHN @Librarybelle @britt_brooke @peaknit @Kalalalatja @DebinHawaii @BethM @Mynameisacolour otherwise not plausible 4y
JaclynW I knew from watching the movie years ago. I wish I hadn't known! That twist would have hit me like a ton of bricks I'm sure. Knowing the twist, I was hyper-alert to the clues. You all mentioned those above. This book is a head-trip/mindboggling kind of book for sure! @batsy @Megabooks @BookwormAHN @Librarybelle @britt_brooke @peaknit @Kalalalatja @DebinHawaii @Mynameisacolour @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @BethM @CarolynM @GripLitGrl @erzascarletbookgasm 4y
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Megabooks Hmmm. I think it has to do with leaving your profession, your relationships , and daily identity at the door. 4y
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I never thought of it that way. Smart. I was thinking of equality. That those feelings are beyond hiërarchy, race or wealth. 4y
Mtroiano Was it fight club or project mayhem? Project mayhem was more like an army so that‘s why I was thinking they dressed and groomed the same 4y
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peaknit Being anonymous? 4y
BookwormAHN I think they originally were doing it to be anonymous but I think there was also some mob mentality going on. 4y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I can see your perspective too. 4y
Librarybelle I think you‘re right, @Mtroiano ...a definite conformity, like an army or a mob, with Project Mayhem. There is also the anonymous idea too, @peaknit and @BookwormAHN ...they burn off their fingerprints to make identity harder to track. 4y
Leftcoastzen Love the Kipling backpack! 4y
britt_brooke @Megabooks @peaknit @BookwormAHN I agree, it had to do with anonymity and conformity. It was also about seeing how our narrator could control them. He was seeing how far people would go, I think. 4y
Megabooks The control is a really good point @britt_brooke 4y
BarbaraBB @britt_brooke @Megabooks But why did he want to control them? 4y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @britt_brooke I think it‘s to gain control over himself. His life was spiraling, and he felt more in control when he was controlling others, even though I think that‘s why his own schism deepened. 4y
Mtroiano @britt_brooke @megabooks that‘s a good point. I think the desire to control others comes from feeling out of control in his own life 4y
Mtroiano @Megabooks ha! We posted at the same time. Yes, agreed! 4y
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB Maybe because he felt so out of control? I think that‘s a big reason why he formed Project Mayhem. Since he was mentally unstable, some of his extreme behavior is difficult to understand. @Megabooks 4y
DebinHawaii I also thought anonymity & conformity @Mtroiano like a cult or army, not thinking for themselves, blending in. 4y
britt_brooke @Mtroiano @Megabooks Ha! I posted at the same time, too. 4y
Megabooks @britt_brooke @Mtroiano Does this mean we have to start dressing alike? 😉😝 4y
britt_brooke @Megabooks 😆👯‍♀️👯‍♀️ @Mtroiano 4y
BarbaraBB @DebinHawaii Blending in is a good one, the best way to forget about yourself. 4y
CarolynM I'm not entirely sure that both fight club and project mayhem weren't just fantasy (or maybe delusion would be a better word) He was doing all sorts of violent stuff, but his followers were as much a product of his own mind as Tyler Durden was. 4y
Megabooks @CarolynM That‘s a really interesting perspective I didn‘t think about. Now that you say it, it sort of makes sense. 4y
Cinfhen Hmmmmm @CarolynM is that a possibility??? So much of this book didn‘t make “sense” to me. I agree my initial opinion was that Project Mayhem was Tyler‘s need to control and even in a club where all are meant to be equal, there‘s still a leader and some sort of hierarchy @Megabooks @Mtroiano @britt_brooke @DebinHawaii @BookwormAHN @peaknit I HATED THIS PART. It seemed juvenile and too violent for me. 4y
BarbaraBB That‘s such an interesting pov, @CarolynM that shines a whole new light on much of the novel cq Project Mayhem. 4y
CarolynM @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @Megabooks I'm not saying I'm sure of it, but there is an awful lot of stuff that seems to come out of nowhere and if a major character is illusory, why not a lot of the action? 4y
Billypar @CarolynM I like that idea- the whole thing does feel like a dark fantasy of a food disordered mind. Would also explain why the building doesn't explode instead of the 'used the wrong explosives' explanation he provides. 4y
britt_brooke @CarolynM I agree with your theory! 4y
JaclynW @CarolynM I also wondered if Project Mayhem was fantasy/delusion. It would make the violence easier to take! That part was hard for me too @Cinfhen . 4y
JaclynW What struck me about the "uniforms" was the conformity. It seemed that part of his "fight" was against just that. He didn't want to be like everyone else. I guess it was control due to the lack of control he felt within himself 4y
JaclynW ⬆️⬆️⬆️⬆️@megabooks @BarbaraBB @Mtroiano @peaknit @BookwormAHN @librarybelle @britt_brooke @DebinHawaii @CarolynM @Cinfhen @billypar (I hit send too soon! My fingers are struggling this morning. 😆) Anyway...I though that was odd. And I had to laugh that his rules came back to bit him. 😯 4y
JaclynW @Megabooks oops! It didn't link you. ⬆️ 4y
Megabooks @JaclynW Thanks! What you‘re saying makes sense for both the books and some other leaders, possibly religious fanatics?? 4y
JaclynW @Megabooks Exactly! Fanatics of any kind really. Political, religious, even things like sports fans (it can be applied everywhere!). There is comfort in numbers I guess. But as with any large group, there needs to be conformity to operate properly/effectively. You lose a lot of individuality this way and probably most importantly, you lose THOUGHT. It is rare for members of "the group" to question authority. 4y
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batsy I think the powerlessness they feel in their daily lives, working meaningless jobs & a lack of control that stems from their economic situation, manifests itself in aggression as a form of reclaiming power. Underneath that there is also a search for a masculine ideal, a sense of brotherhood. As a reader I'm torn between understanding their powerlessness & hating that it manifests in the usual violent hetero-masculinity... 4y
Megabooks I like your answer @batsy . I think even powerful people sometimes yearn to have a loss of control. Whereas more powerless members can have an equal shot at gaining control over others that they couldn‘t in real life. 4y
BarbaraBB This is why the book reminds me of Easton Ellis. The complete lack of feeling, of empathy. Meedong blood and pain to feel. But I agree @batsy on the usual hetero- masculinity. 4y
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peaknit Maybe because anger is just so much easier to express than sadness or loneliness? 4y
BookwormAHN I also agree @batsy but I think that some of their antics were rather childish though. 4y
BarbaraBB @peaknit Yes I think you‘re right and that it‘s that cliché hetero masculinity 4y
Librarybelle I like that idea, @peaknit . There is that underlying level of loneliness in the book, but also anger over the “system.” I‘m thinking of the waiters and drivers and officers who join in the fights. And yes, the underlying current of hetero-masculinity. 4y
Billypar @batsy It's interesting how only the economic aspect is overtly part of Tyler's anarchist philosophy- he never addresses anything about masculinity directly, even though it's an obvious defining feature. It's like they want the brotherhood without any emotional acknowledgement. Before Project Mayhem gave a focus to the destructive forces, maybe the violence was a reaction against feelings of vulnerability as well as powerlessness? 4y
Billypar @peaknit I definitely agree! And part of the reason they don't talk about it is because talking about why they enjoy it will bring up all those other feelings. 4y
peaknit @Billypar YES! I work as a probation agent and if I had a dollar for all of the sad people who broke things, hit their partner, got drunk and destructive, I‘d be able to retire. Talking about it is so hard. I‘ve had burly men crying in my office which often only makes them mad all over again, pissed that they cried. 😢 😡 4y
britt_brooke Sometimes it simply feels good to break shit. Fighting is a different level, but I think it‘s the same idea. 4y
BarbaraBB @Billypar You are so right. They want to feel pain physically to deny their emotions. It‘s so sad and unfortunately it‘s less fiction than i‘d imagine, according to @peaknit 😳 (edited) 4y
Kalalalatja This is actually quite a discussion point among psychologist, because a lot of men with depression, doesn‘t show the “normal” symptoms of depression like sadness, rumination, and inward anger. Instead, men are more outward reacting, and turn to violence or drinking or cheating. So there have been discussions whether to change the diagnostic criteria to fit more men into it 4y
Billypar @peaknit It's so sad, and must be difficult to respond sympathetically when you're dealing with people who perpetrate domestic abuse. But the right response is whatever makes it less likely to reoccur, and it seems like it has to involve promoting an acceptance and even awareness of those feelings. 4y
DebinHawaii Such great thoughts everyone. In my library e-book there is an afterward by the author where he talks about fight club style groups & how in the mountains of Bolivia where the book isn't published where the poorest people in the village gather to celebrate "Tinku" & beat each other with bare fists chanting , "We are men. We are men. We are men." I found that so interesting. (Is it bad that I liked the afterward more than the book?) ? 4y
Billypar @Kalalalatja Such an interesting debate in psychology- how to go beyond the external symptoms and look for the underlying cause during diagnosis. It's a huge challenge, but a critical question to address. 4y
BarbaraBB These are interesting add-on‘s @DebinHawaii and @Kalalalatja 4y
Kalalalatja @DebinHawaii I think that was the introduction in my edition 😄😄 4y
CarolynM @britt_brooke Good point. @Kalalalatja That's really interesting and makes intuitive sense to me. 4y
britt_brooke @DebinHawaii The afterword was fascinating. 4y
madamereadsalot1 I've read somewhere before that Palahniuk wrote this as a commentary on society & toxic masculinity. He's a gay man who grew up hiding that he was gay & that he wanted the be a writer (It wasn't seen as a smart move for sustainability). Also, I've seen it discussed that the book could be seen as a violent analogy for how we neurotically strive towards "success" by working tirelessly to own things & be seen as something, all to our detriment. 4y
GripLitGrl It's such a wierd way to let out feelings and aggression. fight club they even enjoy the pain of getting hit themselves wearing bruises like badges of honor. Now there are places that charge you money to go in & break stuff so the urge to destroy has gone from primal to paying money for a service that's sets things up for you to destroy. 4y
batsy Thanks for that insight @Kalalalatja on gendered modes of expression. "Men get angry, women get sad" —people are obviously so much more complex than that, but that's the narrative and social norm that tends to be enforced. @madamereadsalot1 That's interesting! And how I kind of read it. I've been meaning to look up interviews with the author about the motivations for writing this book. 4y
batsy @Billypar That's true. The narrator wanting to belong & not having a father figure & seeing his boss as a father was interesting to me: "If you're male, and you're Christian and living in America, your father is your model for God. And sometimes you find your father in your career." That kind of summed up quite a bit of the book for me. And then the reference elsewhere to the prodigal son and the fatted calf. The Freudian in me perked up ? 4y
Billypar @batsy Yes- the absent father role seems to be key- in the Afterword, Palahniuk said the novel started as a short story that became chapter 6. That chapter is filled with information about the role of fathers, and it includes his boss. Combine that with the killing of his boss and all the castration stuff.... yes, I think Freud would raise an eyebrow ☺️ 4y
Cinfhen I don‘t have much to add, you guys are making so many fascinating points. I read the premise of FC as an FU to the world but again, it traces back to men having some sort of “intimacy” & physical contact (like with support group) @Billypar @batsy @GripLitGrl @madamereadsalot1 @britt_brooke @DebinHawaii @CarolynM @Kalalalatja @peaknit @Librarybelle @BookwormAHN @Megabooks and their NEED to FEEL 4y
JaclynW @Billypar Many eyebrow raises from Freud for sure in this book! 4y
JaclynW @DebinHawaii I didn't have an afterward in my book! That is pretty fascinating. Thanks for sharing! 4y
JaclynW I shouldn't come so late to the party! You all (again) have said everything that I'd want to say. I appreciate all of your comments. They help me to expand my thoughts on this crazy book. @batsy @megabooks @DebinHawaii @Billypar @peaknit @BarbaraBB @BookwormAHN @britt_brooke @Kalalalatja @griplitgirl @madamereadsalot1 @CarolynM @Cinfhen 4y
britt_brooke @JaclynW There‘s one near me, too. I don‘t think I‘d ever go, though. 4y
BarbaraBB @britt_brooke @JaclynW Rage Rooms? I can‘t believe they really exist 😱 4y
madamereadsalot1 @JaclynW I honestly don't know. The sound of things breaking cause anxiety for me. Balloons popping, loud banging, etc. I don't think I could. But I also think it could be so cathartic and fun. 4y
BarbaraBB @britt_brooke @JaclynW I started googling, and the first one I come across is situated less than a kilometer from where I live! 4y
Cinfhen My friend just told me she took her family ( she has 5 kids & her daughter is married ) so 8 of them went to an Axe throwing bar/ restaurant in NYC , it was $39.99 per person for 75 minutes. I‘m sorry but that sounds ridiculous - to throw an axe?!? I must be old @JaclynW @britt_brooke @BarbaraBB @madamereadsalot1 she said it was oddly “therapeutic” and her family was “insanely competitive” about hitting the bullseye. To me it sounds wasteful🤷‍♀️ 4y
Cinfhen It didn‘t even include any drinks!!!! 4y
madamereadsalot1 @Cinfhen that is SO ridiculous. Go buy an axe and targets from Academy Sports and Outdoors and do it in your yard. 😆 Much cheaper! 4y
BarbaraBB @madamereadsalot1 @Cinfhen @JaclynW @britt_brooke It sounds wasteful but to also a bit scary, as if FC is just around the corner and will be reality one day. 4y
DebinHawaii @Cinfhen There is an axe throwing place opening up here soon. Like you, I don't get the appeal! 4y
Megabooks @JaclynW I have a punching bag at home. I think I‘ll stick with that! 😉 @Cinfhen is it me or is that a lot of money for 75 minutes entertainment?? 4y
GripLitGrl @JaclynW my brother went with some friends & loved it. Me personally not something I'd go out of my way to do unless my brother planned a group event that I had to go to . I don't think it would be therapeutic for me as a neat freak broken things just don't sit well with me. 4y
Cinfhen For a group of 8 people x $40 ~ that‘s over $300 and they threw axes @Megabooks I can think of better ways to spend the $$ and they probably spent another $40 on drinks & food per person...it‘s Manhattan 🙄 (edited) 4y
Cinfhen Right @madamereadsalot1 @BarbaraBB I worry about people and how they view recreation 4y
JaclynW @britt_brooke @BarbaraBB @madamereadsalot1 @Cinfhen @DebinHawaii @Megabooks @GripLitGrl Yes, it's true they exist! 😂😜 As crazy as it sounds. I can't believe how expensive they are! I'm with you about there being better ways to spend money. Yardwork is a bit like tearing things apart! That's free! 😂 I'm not certain I'd do it either. I'm such a rule follower and breaking things seems wrong. 😬🤣 But in another was it does sound a bit therapeutic. 4y
JaclynW @britt_brooke @BarbaraBB @madamereadsalot1 @Cinfhen @DebinHawaii @Megabooks @GripLitGrl Also, I get that emotions of any kind can build up. But. There are better/healthier ways to "lighten the load." Violence tends to walk a fine line. I read an article about the rage rooms and therapists were concerned that it would train people to use violence as an outlet. Funny thing..my friend who is a therapist was the one who told me/wants to go to one.? 4y
britt_brooke @Cinfhen The axe thing seems to be trendy right now. There‘s a league in Nashville. Can‘t say it‘s something that interests me. It seems like an especially bad idea in a bar setting. 😵 4y
JaclynW @britt_brooke So true. Alcohol + Weapons = NOT a good idea. 4y
britt_brooke @JaclynW 😆 I can‘t help but wonder about the insurance involved. 4y
JaclynW @britt_brooke 😂 No kidding! Nightmarish! 4y
GripLitGrl @JaclynW you're right everyone has a different outlets. If fight club is a real thing lets just hope it never hits project mayhem level lol😄 4y
JaclynW @GripLitGrl For sure! 🥺😬😂 4y
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