i am totally eating my words right now. i gave up on this book late last year when i picked it for a book challenge (you can read what i had to say about it underneath the review). again, i picked this book this year for yet another challenge and love it. it's one of my favorites and i recommend it to all.
i was surprised with how much the movie stuck to the book. as always, there are a lot of liberties taken with the story telling but the overall tone and character arcs are the same. the endings are completely different, the book ending being my favorite. it's so menacing to have the last line be "We look forward to getting you back." the narrator is so far gone as Tyler that his own life doesn't even exist anymore. i found the book to be way darker than the movie as well. the movie can almost read as a comedy but the book is nothing but angst and drama.
the short chapters are amazing for the story. you're quickly thrown into the drama and then are pulled back to tell the story in short quick spurts from the beginning. it wasn't dragged out and the story doesn't slack off. it's fast and you better have the attention to keep up. before you know it, it's the end of the book and you're wondering if maybe you've missed something. you can't help but compare the book to the movie and find the movie lacking with the severity of the narrator losing his mind.
i am so glad that i gave this book another chance. it's an amazing example of how you can hate a book one year but then revisit it and all of a sudden you're in love. it makes me wonder what other books i've shot down should i give a second chance to?
5 STAR RATING
WHAT I SAID ABOUT THE BOOK LAST YEAR
with such high ratings and an awesome film adaptation, i was hoping for a mind blowing read. unfortunately i was bored outta my skull.
reading through the first chapter, i was excited. i thought that i was gonna be pulled into the story like i was with the movie. the first 15 pages succeeded. after that, it was all downhill. page after page i found myself saying, "What the hell is going on?". not in the sense that i couldn't follow the story. i just couldn't get INTO it. i skimmed the hell outta this book before i gave up.
i've seen the movie.
i know how it ends.