Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk (1996)

Fight Club is a well-know novel written by Chuck Palahniuk a famous American novelist (1962-present), Palahniuk describes his books as « Transgressional fiction », Fight Club was in 1999 adapted in a movie by the famous film director: David Fincher with actors like Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter (ex-wife of Tim Burton).. This story is particularly known by the movie, but personally I think the book is excellent, almost better than the movie…

The plot takes place in the nineties, the story tells the life of « the narrator » we never know the real name of the principal character but most of the fans name him as « Jack » (reference to an element of the movie: the narrator often explains his feelings and sensations by a third person speech which stage humans organs like: « If I did have a tumor, I’d name it Marla. ») this character have a very moody life with a commonplace and boring job, he lives alone, had no friends.. He’s such a modern slave, but one day on a nudist beach, he meets one man who is totally opposed to him, his name is: Tyler Durden.. Since this day the two characters become friends and start living together in a run-down big house in an industrial district.. With Tyler, the narrator start to discover the real freedom by making illegal activities like robbery, vandalism and especially by creating: « The Fight Club » a secret club in which peoples (only men) fight each other to become « free » and « stronger ».. This utopic state of mind become dangerous and the narrator start to being afraid of Tyler.. He must make a choice, but the situation is not simply as we can guess..

I really like this novel because I have seen the movie some years ago and I had loved it so when I had known that before this story was a book.. I decided to buy it and read it and I was not disappointed. The story is very cool and interessant and the writings are not difficult, so everybody can read this..

Oh, and if you are interested in Fight Club or if you already know the novel and the movie.. Chuck Palahniuk had written Fight Club 2 in the form of a comic, the plot takes place ten years after the ending of the book.. I didn’t read it, but I think I could be very interressant to know what happens to the characters and also to discovering the story by another form…

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The Get Down (2016)

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The Get Down is a new Netflix TV serie, created by Baz Luhrmann (William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, The Great Gatsby…). This serie is disseminate since August, 12th 2016, so far there is only one season and six episodes…This serie is about the birth of the Hip-Hop, an underground movement born in the Late 70’s, this movement which gather Rap music, Breakdance and Graffiti is very popular and appreciate today but in its early stages it was a very controversial movement because seeing black peoples singing, dancing and painting in the streets with such an energy was outrageous and defiant for most peoples..But the Hip-Hop was also born to denounce the condition of lives of blacks peoples in the Ghettos of the Bronx and of others districts…

 

The main character is Ezekiel, a young black men who lives in a poor neighborhood of the Bronx and passionate about poetry…His story is told with two timelines, the present : Ezekiel is an adult and a famous rapper,  we see him on stage while he is singing, the second timeline : the past, we see Ezekiel and his friends when he was still an adolescent and we discover how he had succeed his life…At the beginning, Ezekiel do not yet know the Hip-Hop, he is yet a young fan of Disco, he past his days by go to school, go out with his Friends who are three Brothers (Deezee,Boo-Boo and Ra-Ra) and trying to seduce Mylene Cruz, whose the dreams to become one day a famous singer are annihilate by his father, a very conservative preacher.. But the lives of all these peoples will changes with the Hip-Hop movement, one day after many events Ezekiel and his Friends meet Shaolin Fantastic, a famous Graffiti Artist who dreams to become the new Grandmaster Flash (a famous Discjokey) but to start his carrier he need to find « a tailor of words » and this is how Ezekiel find out his real talent: The Rap. Their way towards the success is full of pitfalls like gangs, drugs or still politic corruption…

 

I really love the TV Serie because first I’m a great fan of the Hip-Hop culture since I am 5 or 6 years old so the universe of this serie pleases me very much but it’s not the only reason… The way that the director had filmed is very impressive, in spite of the fact the episodes are a little long, and it’s very catchy and addicting: I have watched the six episodes in just two days! Another fact is that the director uses real images of New York City scenes of life in the serie and make feeling it’s a documentary and not just a fiction. The serie also rising important issues like Racism against blacks peoples which is still present in the U.S.A and others countries…

 

 

But the best way to discover this serie is to watch it! Believe in me that am worth seeing…

 

G.A

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South Park (Trey Parker & Matt Stone)

South Park is a Tv animation series, written and created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone since the August, 13th 1997. The plot is the adventures of four elementary school children: Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny and all their other friends like Butters, Timmy or Jimmy… All these peoples lives in the small town of South Park (Imaginary city) in the state of Colorado in the U.S.A. This small but famous little town is the witness of very strange events like UFO invasions or apparition of Demons like Cthullu… South Park seems to find this type of situations totally normals and they find solutions very simply. This very famous animation series is very controversial for many reasons like the vulgarity and the violence of the scenes, but also the satire and critical side, the two creators of this universe makes their episodes according to actualities like Elections or Wars..
Despite the extreme vulgarity and violence of this series, I really love it because firstly I watch it since I‘m a little child and also because it makes me laugh a lot and it could be the same advice for everyone if they don’t watch this at the first degree..

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