Ah, Fight Club. Chuck Palahniuk’s 1996 novel about an unnamed insomniac narrator finding solace in beating the absolute heck out of other people—and being beaten back in turn— that winds through a mind-boggling plot, driven by the novel’s demented antagonist, Tyler Durden. The story ends with one of the most startling twists in fiction, and has earned an enormous following and birthed several beloved quotes, including: “The things you used to own, now they own you.” and “It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”
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The novel was left as a standalone until 2015, when Fight Club 2: The Tranquility Gambitwas released. Fight Club 2 is a comic book “meta-sequel” to its predecessor, and continues the story of the original protagonist as told by the original antagonist (no spoilers, but if you know how Fight Club ends that plot device is way more compelling then your typical antagonist-as-narrator story).
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Now, Palahniuk has just announced that Fight Club 3 is on its way! This upcoming installment will throw a new complication into the already chaotic Fight Club universe: a child. There’s no telling what Tyler Durden is going to do now that he’s got to deal with a baby around but I, for one, am deeply concerned.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Palahniuk gave this little tidbit about the comic:
Fight Club 3 is about what happens when you need to team up with your enemy,” Palahniuk said in a statement. “And the situation is even more complicated here, given Tyler Durden and Balthazar’s unique relationship. And, yes, bodily fluids will be exchanged.
Sounds gross but cool, much as I would expect from Palahniuk. The first issue of the comic will be published by Dark Horse Comics on January 30th, which ought to be plenty of time for all of us to catch up on the series.
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In the whole of Sylvia Plath’s career, she only ever published one novel. The Bell Jar is a semi-autobiographical account of a young woman who suffers from a depressive breakdown after returning home from a prestigious editing internship in New York. The bulk of Plath’s work was devoted to poetry, and the original publication of The Bell Jar was done under a pen name.
Plath did not want the novel’s reception to detract from her poetic legacy, nor did she want the people who made their way into The Bell Jar as characters to become aware of what Plath had written about them. Plath’s concerns were valid, as many readers of The Bell Jar have noted that the people who populate Esther Greenwood’s (Plath’s autobiographical protagonist) world come off as flat, unsympathetic, and even grotesque.
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For Plath to write honestly about illness, she had to honestly describe what illness does to one’s relationships. Esther’s illness renders her unable to thoughtfully engage with the people around her; she harbors hostile feelings for her friends, for her fellow patients at the mental health facility where she stays, and even for her own mother. This cold lack of sympathy has put readers off since the book’s release. We never get to see how a healthy Esther would interact with others, so it is easy to interpret this coldness as a trait, rather than a symptom. But there’s something many readers and Plath fans may not be aware of: Plath never intended for The Bell Jar to be the end of Esther’s story.
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The Bell Jar ends just as Esther is about to stand before a panel of doctors who will determine whether or not she may be released from their care. It appears to be a cliffhanger, but the beginning of the novel holds a clue as to what becomes of Esther. Early in the novel, Esther briefly describes what became of the various gifts she had received as an intern in New York:
For a long time afterward I hid them away, but later, when I was all right again, I brought them out, and I still have them around the house. I use the lipsticks now and then, and last week I cut the plastic starfish off the sunglasses case for the baby to play with.
This simple passage implies that The Bell Jar is written by an older, healthier Esther, who may even be a mother, if “the baby” is meant to be interpreted as her own. This means that there is a significant period of time during which Esther becomes “all right again” to which we are not privy. But historical documents indicate that Plath intended on filling in this gap and showing us Esther’s world through the eyes of her recovery.
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Plath referred to The Bell Jar as her “an autobiographical apprentice work which I had to write in order to free myself from the past.” To Plath, The Bell Jar was an exercise in catharsis, and one could even say that The Bell Jar’s true purpose was to act as the foundation for the novel on wellness Plath intended to write— it is worth noting that Plath began writing the sequel between when The Bell Jar was accepted for publication and when it was actually published.
Plath’s mother Aurelia was open about her daughter’s unfinished projects, and it is because of Aurelia that we have so much information about the unfinished sequel. She once said that
The companion book [to The Bell Jar] which was to follow this—and I have this all spelled out in letters from her—was to be the triumph of the healed central figure of the first volume and in this the caricatured characters of the first volume were to assume their true identities.
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Unfortunately, Plath’s wellness was inextricably tied to her relationship with Ted Hughes. Plath’s marriage to Hughes had a powerful effect on her mental health, and when things in the relationship began to deteriorate, so too, did Plath’s psyche. When Plath discovered that Hughes had been having an affair, she set fire to not only his manuscripts, but hers as well, including what would have been the sequel to The Bell Jar. With the sequel obliterated from existence, Plath began to work on a different novel, one in which the protagonist is betrayed by her unfaithful husband (this version of the novel seems to have disappeared, according to Hughes).
Neither The Bell Jar‘s sequel, nor its permutation were ever released. About a month after the first publication of The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath died by suicide. The novel, or novels, she intended to write would never be.
Sylvia Plath’s legacy as one of the first writers to thoughtfully and honestly write about mental illness has reverberated throughout the reading community ever since its release.
If you, or a loved one is struggling with mental illness, don’t suffer alone. Seek professional help; call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or if you prefer, chat with them online here.
Months after its release, the frenzy surround Call Me By Your Name – as well as hunky actors Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer – hasn’t let up one bit.
Call Me By Your Name has quickly become a cultural phenomenon, earning acclaim from critics and audiences alike as well as numerous award nominations. Most recently, leading actor Timothée Chalamet nearly won an Oscar for his role as Elio, and though he undeservedly lost, his emotional performance and ensuing popularity made the idea of a sequel a no-brainer.
Given the success that the adaptation of Andre Aciman’s novel of the same name has garnered, news of a sequel wasn’t exactly surprising. However, given that the film closely followed Aciman’s novel, and the author himself hasn’t penned a follow-up, thereis much speculation as to what the sequel would involve.
Director Luca Guadagnino is helping to give fans some idea of what to expect. While attending the Oscars this past Sunday, the director revealed to USA Today that Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer are expected to return in their respective roles.
He also revealed that the sequel will take place five to six years after the first film.”I’m already conceiving the story with André Aciman, and it’s gonna happen five or six years afterwards,” Guadagnino said. Whether the two characters have spent that time together, or if the sequel will see their reunion after time apart, is unclear.
The director also revealed that the sequel will take place on new ground. Rather than returning to Italy, it will take place elsewhere.
“It’s gonna be a new movie, a different tone,” he said. “You’re gonna see a lot of the East Coast of America… They’re gonna go around the world.”
While the release date for the sequel is currently unknown, fans can go ahead and get excited.
The second installment of the much-lauded Stephen King adaptation is set to begin filming this summer, it’s been confirmed. The sequel will follow the Loser Club as adults twenty-seven years after the events of the first film, when Pennywise comes back for more.
However, the film will include flashbacks, meaning that the young cast of the first film will be making a return. Director Anthony Muschietti has said:
There will be a dialogue between the two timelines, which is something that I love from the book, so it’s not just the adults, we’re going to come back to 1989.
He also has big plans for the character of Mike Hanlon (Chosen Jacobs). He has created a darker backstory for Mike, who remains in Derry even when the other members of the Losers Club grow up and move far away. He’s a librarian and expert on Derry, however he’s struggling with addiction. Muschietti told Entertainment Weekly:
My idea of Mike in the second movie is quite darker from the book. I want to make his character the one pivotal character who brings them all together, but staying in Derry took a toll with him. I want him to be a junkie actually. A librarian junkie. When the second movie starts, he’s a wreck.
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Despite the fact that production is set to begin relatively soon, no actors have yet been announced for the adult roles, however Jessica Chastain is heavily rumored to be being considered as adult Beverley. She told Screenrant:
I love Andy and Barbara [Muschietti]. I worked with them on Andy’s directorial debut [Mama]. And, you know, Barbara is one of my best friends so… we’ll see. They’re my friends. They’re like my family. Anything that they’re doing I want to be a part of, so I hope we can make it happen.
We’re on board! Jaeden Lieberher, who plays Bill Denbrough hassuggested Ewan McGregor for the role of his older self.
The film is set for release on September 6th, 2018, and we can’t wait!
Edit: Not two hours after we published this story, Variety confirmed that Jessica Chastain is definitely in talks to play Beverley.
I don’t know about you, but I take great pride in being able to recite almost every line in The Devil Wears Prada film adaptation. I may put that on my resume in the near future, but obviously The Devil Wears Prada novel was even better! We all wanted to say what Andy said to Miranda Priestly when she left Runway (the book ending was not as saccharine as the film). Now, we get our second-favorite girl’s life story after Runway.
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Lauren Weisberger has a new entry to her devilish series; we’ve already got Andy’s ever-after deal (Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns), now we get Emily Charlton’s! When Life Gives You Lululemons follows Miranda’s other assistant, who just wanted to go to Paris, on a journey that does not include the fear of Miranda, her tossed coats, or Runway. Now, Emily is doing her own thing as a top-notch image consultant. Her next mission begins in Greenwich, Connecticut, where she must work with an A-lister who has to bounce back from a DUI. Yikes.
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Real celeb names are dropped throughout the book like Gigi Hadid, a Justin Bieber-wannabe, and many more that make the book feel real. We’re on this crazy trip with Emily as she, the fashion-forward jetsetter, works to make her goals and dreams a reality in one crazy business. To be released June 5, 2018, we can say we’re already rooting for her.