Cult Fiction Novel
Cult fiction is the nature of a story to captivate a large audience, thus developing a legion of loyal fans that are always eager to get a copy of an author’s latest publication. This fascination is not limited to the storyline, but also the author. Sometimes, this is due to the narrative writing style used by the novelist. At other times, readers are attracted to the different characters in the books and their escapades. Interestingly, fans that follow the storyline in these fiction novels are often enthusiastic to get their hands on the current publications. Thus, they go to great lengths to acquire information or material that would offer insights about the story. The Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk is one such book that has attracted a religious following especially after the release of the film adaptation. Both young and old people have come to be fans of this very graphic book.
The story of one character with double personalities is what makes this book very fascinating. This is because it contains many scenes where the same person commits crimes but under different names (Palahniuk 28). This puzzles the readers as they are kept guessing who the culprit is. Sometimes they find that their predictions are wrong. It is the author’s way of creating suspense in the novel. This anxiety makes the reader eager to read the book further to find out the answer to this mystery. Furthermore, the plot has several instances of violence, which resonate well with a majority of the young population (Koenig 1). In particular, the episodes where men always meet in a club for bare-knuckled fights are very raw and quite intriguing. The techniques discussed almost immerse the reader in the text and makes him/her part of the real audience. That draws excitement, as well as sympathy whenever the battles turn fatal. It is a deliberate action on the author’s part to play around with the reader’s emotions in order to coerce him/her to build a connection to the main character, Tyler Durden. Once the reader is hooked, the desire to read the whole story is unstoppable.
In addition, the story is given by a narrator who happens to be one side of the double personalities of Tyler (Palahniuk 143). It thus offers the reader the chance of witnessing encounters from a firsthand account’s perspective. The descriptions are vivid like the romantic liaisons between Tyler and Marla. Such discussions are appealing and keep the reader glued to the book since they generate an emotional rollercoaster. The anger that Tyler has when he finds out that he has two personalities trapped in one body is so palpable that the reader feels like a part of the plot. This makes him/her to join the cause that pits good versus evil. This magnetic pull of the text draws many people to this novel, and it comes as no surprise that millions more are anxiously waiting to read the sequel.
The story is written in a simple and concise language hence making it understandable to many people. As the plot advances, the fights get more personal, the romance is more heated, and the discovery the narrator draws closer. This makes the novel enjoyable to people who have read the story from the beginning. It, therefore, forces people with no prior knowledge about it to start reading from the first page in a bid to catch up with the rest and this helps to grow the Fight Club’s fan base. The theme of dry humor explored in the storyline helps to keep the momentum going. This is a clever ploy by the author to satisfy the curiosity of many readers, as he is aware that many people would like to laugh at various points in a story.
Chuck Palahniuk was born on February 21, 1962. His early life was marred by tragedies such as the deaths of his mother from cancer and growing up in abject poverty (Koenig 1). He tried different jobs to make a living but settled on journalism and later into writing novels. He recently became a controversial figure when he admitted that he is gay. Such sentiments are bound to attract a national audience, which in turn leads to a scrutiny of his background. Those who support his ideas are bound to be interested in his works thereby reading this book. He tends to generate excitement wherever he goes, and this sensation draws more loyalty from his fans. Likewise, his critics dig his books to look for errors in judgment, but come up short. This makes him more confident in public and articulate about the different issues tackled in the Fight Club thereby creating more suspense. His revelations of a film adaptation and sequel ignited debate about this novel, which prompted many people to flock to bookstores and sample the book. This has led to an increase in the size of readership thereby propelling it into cult fiction status.
Koenig, John. “Fighting for ‘Fight Club’.” Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2000. Web. 20 March 2014. http://articles.latimes.com/2000/jun/24/entertainment/ca-44242
Palahniuk, Chuck. Fight Club. New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 1996. Print.