Kory Matthews (balancetheory) wrote in chuckpalahniuk,
Kory Matthews

Continuous theme... subtle spoilers?

Maybe I'm just reading too much into it, but has anyone noticed how almost every one of Chuck's books has a strong tie to parents? It seems like a general subject to link every book to until you think about it...

Fight Club- The obvious by-product of a dysfuntional childhood and lack of a parental influence. "Our fathers were our models for God. If our fathers bailed..."
Lullaby- Oyster literally calling them 'Mom and Dad' and the narrator liking the idea of it.
Diary- The in-law angle. That ever so stereotypical yet painful interaction between her and the mother-in-law magnified by the guilt of her husband being in the coma leaving her to deal with Grace, alone.
Choke- Largely revolving around him visiting and taking care of his mother. And the convoluted storyline of his conception relating to Jesus.
Survivor- The cult. Like Fight Club, shows the complete lack of parental influence. Although throwing in the ongoing involvement of the brother makes the appearance of a 'family situation' plausible.
Invisible Monsters- The parents are tied in here and there and, as with Survivor, it ties in the family feel with the constant involvement of a sibling.
Rant- Won't say much about this. But if you've read it: you already know.
Haunted- Not a strong pull in the parental direction but very much of a lineage. I felt Mr. Whittier was the grandfather figure to everyone and the group, as time went on, formed somewhat of an extended family.
Snuff- Well, you know. And if you don't, go read it.

It's been a while since I've read some of these so forgive me if some of the details are skewed or missing but it's as I remember it.
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