The video opens to a man dressed in a black shirt with a small white single bookshelf on the wall behind him. Mounted so you can see it is a copy of Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club and you know that you’re about to get into it. The man is wearing a beard and a Santa hat, two things he will not address in the video. He begins, “The first rule of fight club is that you don’t talk about fight club. The second rule of fight club is the same as the first to reinforce its importance. Hi, I’m Drew Boris and I’m here to talk about Fight Club and what it gets wrong about rules.” You are teeming with regret already.
But alas, we continue. It is clear from the jump that this man has misunderstood this movie completely and not even in the normal way that straight men do. Like fundamentally he was not getting that the movie was satirical or even trying to make a greater point outside of the story of the original novel. He legitimately thinks that the movie is just about following rules and the follies of doing so incorrectly.
Where does a man like this come from? And want to know the worst part? There are dudes like this everywhere.
“I just hate a rule that is so instantly broken,” the man continues. “It undermines the entire concept of rules, right? Like, what is a world without rules? I can’t imagine it. I can’t comprehend it. And thus I can’t relate to it. I’m sorry, I just don’t get the big deal about this book or movie. I need structure to enjoy something, which is why I love competitive cooking television shows.”
Is this what Palahniuk had in mind? I doubt it. Would he appreciate it? Maybe in it’s own way.
But I think this is what is great about stories, they can take you to a different place. For this guy, it takes him to place full of lawlessness that he just cannot abide. That infuriates him and pleases me. See how subjective that is? Without these differing opinions in art, we would never move forward.
Or something like that. At least this guy is less annoying.