Chuck Palahniuk is a literary god. Period. I’ve only read three of his books so far, but they were easily some of the most powerful published words I’ve ever digested.
So, I present to you Chuck Palahniuk words to live by:
Fight Club (1996)
Synopsis: Well, you’ve seen the movie. Narrator is a typical waste of space human being. Meets Tyler Durden, the man he wants to be, on a plane. Moves in with Durden.. Starts underground fight clubs. Marla Singer. Starts Project Mayem. Fast forward and Durden = Narrator’s imaginary friend.
May I never be complete. May I never be content. May I never be perfect. Deliver me, Tyler, from being perfect and complete.
Invisible Monsters (1999)
Synopsis: Beautiful model gets face shot off. Ends up gallivanting all over the US and Canada with the plastic and silicone goddess Brandy Alexander and her playboy Manus Kelley. Come to find out, Brandy = model’s supposedly dead-from-AIDS gay brother and Manus = model’s undercover gay boyfriend who screwed her best friend, post-op Evie and gave her brother the clap. Fast forward to the best staged soap opera finale ever with blood, fire, weddings, rifles.
Rip yourself open. Sew yourself shut. – Invisible Monsters
Synopsis: Victor is addicted to sex and attention. Besides choking in restaurants to make people feel like heroes and screwing inmates at their sexual addict meetings, he spends his days working at a colonial recreation. And there’s his dying ex-con mother in the hospice with the doctor who he’s addicted to. Fast forward through anal beads, rock collections, a tutorial on sex in bathrooms and strippers with melanoma to his mom confessing that she stole him from a stroller in a department store before she chokes to death on pudding and the whole her doctor really being a patient at the hospice.
“The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create.”