If you’ve been even a semi-regular reader of the Life64 blog, you know that I’m a fan of Chuck Palahniuk’s writing. He’s put out some of my favorite books, including Survivor, Haunted and Choke. One thing about Chuck that’s different from so many other authors is how accessible he makes himself to the public. More than that, he is willing to share his experience with struggling writers.
Granted, Chuck is not everyone’s cup of tea – he takes huge risks in some of his stories that cost him readers, but the ones that stick around are a loyal lot. If you have never read Chuck and want to give it a go, I’d recommend Survivor, Invisible Monsters, Choke, or Fight Club. I would never recommend Snuff or Pygmy to anyone, ever.
In this post, I just want to share some of that Chucky experience I’ve gleaned from the corners of the internet. Some of this advice is common sense and some is opinion, but it’s coming directly from Chuck and I think it is worth considering.
A warning about the following clip: Chuck discusses research for his novel, Snuff, which is a gross story.
The value in this for me (starting around 1:35) was his insight on the social model and characters, with reference to Fight Club, and fiction that resolves itself by killing a character.
And though I expect no one except hardcore Chuck fans to be interested in this, the following video is Postcards from the Future: The Chuck Palahniuk Documentary, an 89 minute film made in 2003. It’s about Chuck, his books and what people think of Chuck. It is full of Chuck and all sorts of Chucky goodness.
If you want a highlight moment, click in around 17 minutes and catch Chuck talking about transgressional fiction.