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Posts Tagged ‘Chuck Palahniuk’

Is it Wrong For Bibliophiles to Spoil Movies or TV Shows?

The Suvudu team wanted people’s thoughts on this question: “Is it right to spoil the movie or TV show if you’ve read the book?” The video embedded above features a few responses from various Comic-Con 2014 attendees.

How does Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk feel about spoilers? He despises them! What about The Maze Runner author James Dashner? He feels that people who wish to avoid spoilers should just read the book “fast.”

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Chuck Palahniuk Reveals Cover For New Book

41iuTktJUQL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Chuck Palahniuk revealed a photo of his upcoming novel Beautiful You! today on his website. The book’s design takes its inspiration from Andy Warhol.

Doubleday is putting out the book in October. The book is about a sex toy company and boasts the tagline, ”A billion husbands are about to be replaced.” Check out the book’s description:

Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C. Linus Maxwell, aka “Climax-Well,” a software mega-billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth. After dining at Manhattan’s most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny off to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring her to previously undreamed-of heights of orgasmic pleasure for days on end. What’s not to like? This: Penny discovers that she is a test subject for the final development of a line of sex toys to be marketed in a nationwide chain of boutiques called Beautiful You.

Chuck Palahniuk’s New Short Story is Free on Playboy.com

zombieFight Club author Chuck Palahniuk has a new short story available in the November issue of Playboy and it just went up on Playboy.com.

The story is called Zombie and despite the title from a writer is known to shock, the story is not about the dawn of the dead. With references to Devo in discussions of “de-evolution,” as well as reality television, it is the tale of a young man’s struggle with the Shakespearean question, ‘To be or not to be.” Without giving too much away, it’s not surprising to hear that the author said, “To date, it’s the only story I’ve written that’s made an audience weep instead of vomit.”

Here is an excerpt:

No offense to Jesus, but the meek won’t inherit the earth. To judge from reality TV the loudmouths will get their hands on everything. And I say, let them. The Kardashians and the Baldwins are like some invasive species. Like kudzu or zebra mussels. Let them battle over the control of the crappy real world.

The author’s latest novel Doomed, hit shelves last month.

PSA: Don’t Overuse the Word ‘Suddenly’ in Your Writing

Do you abuse the phrase “then suddenly” in your writing? You should check and clean up your manuscript.

Earlier this week, reddit reader Ryan DeJonghe got fed up with overuse of the word “suddenly” in a book. He used Kindle searches to do a brief survey of how writers use the word. Check it out:

Thanks to the Kindle’s search feature, I conducted a little experiment. This 2-D book has 55 uses of suddenly, including three uses of all of a sudden. This averages out to one suddenly for every ten pages. I went on to test some other authors. Stephen King in his early works had about the same average; his newer works about one in twenty pages. Neil Gaiman about the same–one in twenty pages. Then I tried Chuck Palahniuk‘s Fight Club. In 224 pages, there was not a single use of suddenly.

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Half Price Books Starts Book Beard Trend

Bookseller Half Price Books has launched a Book Beard tumblr page. They urged readers to imitate the catbearding photo trend, using books instead of cats.

You can share book beard photos on Instagram with the hashtag #BookBeard and will host weekly giveaways around book themes.

This week’s theme is “Book of Your Choosing, and/or Favorite Childhood Book.”

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Chuck Palahniuk Announces ‘Fight Club’ Sequel

“The first rule of fight club is you do not talk about fight club.” Do the same rules apply to the Fight Club sequel?

Novelist Chuck Palahniuk plans to write a sequel to his cult book as a serialized graphic novel. A tentative release date has been set for 2015.

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Shindig to Host Online Author Chats Live From BEA

Missing BookExpo America this year? You can watch many of the the guests online.

Shindig will be hosting video chats with fifty authors live from BEA. These online conversations will take place from Thursday, May 30th until Saturday, June 1st.

Some of the authors who will take part include The Summer I Turned Pretty author Jenny HanRevenge Wears Prada author Lauren Weisberger, and Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk. Some of the people who will serve as interviewers include Publishing Business Group editorial director Lynn RosenBeatrice founder Ron Hogan, and Movable Type Management president Jason Ashlock. Who do you look forward to hearing from?

Chuck Palahniuk: ‘Fight Club was a huge failure’

Do you feel like you have failed to reach readers with your writing? Never give up.

Fight Club and Choke novelist Chuck Palahniuk answered reader questions on Reddit this week. When one reader wrote “It’s rare for a writer’s first book to be as successful as Fight Club was,” Palahniuk clarified and shared some inspiring insight into his career:

Please let me address a misperception. ‘Fight Club’ was a huge failure. Most of the hardcovers were going to be pulped. They were unsold when the movie opened… and then the movie was a flop. It has taken years ( decades ) for the story to build an audience. What’s amazing is that it still resonates for young readers; it’s never become dated. ( he shakes his head in disbelief )

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84 Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Bookstores

What’s your favorite bookstore? My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop comes out on November 13th, sharing recommendations from 84 writers.

Published by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, it features bookstores around the country, including The Strand (New York, NY), Powell`s (Portland, OR) and Porter Square Books (Cambridge, MA). Publishing industry consultant Ronald Rice and “Booksellers Across America” edited the book.

Contributors ranged from John Grisham to Chuck Palahniuk to bookstore owner Ann Patchett. The book also contains illustrations by Leif Parsons, an introduction by Richard Russo and an afterword by Emily St. John Mandel.

You can find all these bookshops and more in our Best Indie Bookstores on Twitter list.

Jonathan Maberry: ‘Get your butt in a chair & write.’

Have you ever written a scary story? In honor of the Halloween season, we are interviewing horror writers to learn about the craft of scaring readers. Recently, we spoke with author Jonathan Maberry.

Throughout Maberry’s career, he has won multiple Stoker Awards for his horror work. Last month, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers released the third installment of the Rot & Ruin series, Flesh & Bone.

He has written for Marvel Comics and published multiple novels for both adults and young-adults. As a nonfiction writer, Maberry has examined topics ranging from martial arts to zombie pop culture. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

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