Realizing his audience is ever-changing, author Chuck Palahniuk clearly wanted to stay relevant in today’s competitive literary world. With the help of Mashable’s YouTube channel Watercooler we are treated to the very first reading of “Fight Club For Kids” a re-telling of his famous 1996 novel.
How can one change a story about an unhinged insomniac man with a violent alter ego with an extreme hatred of consumer/capitalist society? Well, you change the words “Fight Club” to “Horsing Around Club”. That’s about it actually since the story plays out relatively the same. Even the rules are pretty much the same.
1. You do not talk about Horsing Around Club.
2. You DO NOT talk about Horsing Around Club.
3. Stop = Yelling Stop, Going Limp, Passing Out
4. Two at a Time.
5. If this is your first time, you have to horse around.
The video has Palahniuk reading aloud while the adorable cartoon versions of The Narrator and Tyler Durden just beat the crap out of eachother. It even has cartoon Jared Leto! The fact that Palahniuk seems to be on the brink of laughter each time he derails from the narrative and lets loose with expletive-ridden commentary is part of the reason this video is so darn fun.
The contrast of a violent story in the form of a children’s book is clearly an untapped comedic resource and we hope more are made. Although come to think of it, it’d be incredibly disturbing if Palahniuk’s novel “Choke” got this treatment.
Anyone want to start a Horsing Around Club of our own? Let us know in the comments below!