Fight Club tells the story of an insomniac office worker who meets a mysterious man named Tyler Durden and forms an underground fight club. Even though “the first rule of fight club is: you do not talk about fight club” the club grows into something much bigger.
It didn’t take long after Chuck Palahniuk’s dark, intense novel was written before it was being made into a feature film. While the movie didn’t do well in the box office when it was released in 1999, it has since gained a cult status and is highly regarded by critics and audiences alike.
I watched the movie first, not knowing that it was based on a book. I fell in love with the story and the acting immediately, and after later viewings of the film, I enjoyed the message and style as well.
Finally, years later I’ve had the opportunity to read the book one of my favourite movies was based on, and it did not disappoint me. The book is written in a unique but simple style which I breezed through rather quickly.
Surprisingly, however, I discovered that while the book is amazing, I actually prefer the film version. This is primarily due to small story changes including how the ending is handled. Overall, the movie captured all of the main story elements of the book and expanded on them in a fantastic way. If you have time, I recommend both versions, but if you have to pick one; the movie is the best choice.
To borrow the film Fight Club, click here. To borrow the book, click here.
- Kim, Information Services
What We're Watching
Directed by: Tom McCarthy
Before the Academy Awards are broadcast in February I like to prepare myself by watching the nominated films and some of the previous Oscar contenders. Recently, I watched 2015’s big winner, Spotlight.
Spotlight is a biographical drama about a team of investigative journalists at the Boston Globe who uncover and expose the hidden sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests in Boston and subsequently the world. It all begins when the Globe’s new editor, Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), asks the paper’s Spotlight team to investigate a story about the Archbishop of Boston, who had knowingly ignored allegations of child molestation against a local priest. What the team uncovers is a startling pattern of sexual abuse by priests as well as many layers of cover-up by the church and other prominent officials.
Obviously, this story makes for heavy subject matter; however, the way it is portrayed is never exploitative to the victims, but instead focuses on the reporters and their effort to uncover the truth.
The cast is made up of mega-talented actors such as Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo, with Stanley Tucci as Mitchell Garabedian, the lawyer representing the numerous victims who had the guts to take on the church, perhaps the most powerful opponent in the world.
In real life, the Spotlight team won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for courageously covering an extremely secretive and sensitive issue, which in turn forced changes in the Roman Catholic Church and the resignation of the Archbishop of Boston. The film itself garnered many awards and accolades: most notably, winning the Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay honours at the Academy Awards in 2015.
To check out this highly recommended film, click here.
- Julie, Information Services
What We're Reading
by: Gary D. Schmidt
Once in a while you read a book like “Orbiting Jupiter” that stands out and lingers in your mind long afterwards. Surprisingly, it is so sparsely written and yet the emotions portrayed are huge. I was immediately drawn into the story of Joseph as he joins his foster family with a boy close in age, named Jack. The narrative is deeply sensitive and driven by Jack, who is an old soul. He takes the time to get to know Joseph without coming across as judgmental in the process. Joseph’s troubled past includes time in juvenile detention and fatherhood at thirteen.
How Joseph adapts to life on the Maine farm and attending school in a small insulated community unfolds as the author weaves in the truly affecting side of his story. I commiserated, I laughed, and I cried as I identified with the amazingly complex characters of what has become my favourite fiction read this year.
January 27 is Family Literacy Day annually across Canada. We focus on “family” because parents are a child’s first and best teacher.
In Waterloo Region, many organizations that serve families with young children put on an event to celebrate Family Literacy Day. Mark your calendars, and come visit!
Sunday, January 28
10 am to 4 pm @ Conestoga Mall
Erick Traplin will perform through the day
Face painting, free books, crafts, and lots of ways to read, write, play, sing and talk.
Did you know?
Reading, talking, and playing together not only helps your child’s development, it helps adults to stay sharp, too!
Reading and doing literacy activities together is bonding time. You are teaching your child that learning has value.
Singing builds vocabulary because words are easily broken into syllables.
Writing skills start early. Help your child build fine motor skills by squeezing bottles, holding large and small objects, and drawing with chalk.
Narrate what you do. Talking to your child helps to build their vocabulary. It also includes them in your activities, like grocery shopping or preparing a meal.
We often use the word literacy to mean reading and writing, but it is so much more than that. Being literate means that you are able to navigate your way in the world because you have the skills you need. ABC Life Literacy Canada, which created Family Literacy Day in 1999, has lots of information on digital literacy, financial literacy, and health, life, and workplace literacy.
Throughout December, we asked you what your favourite reads were in 2017 – and you responded! Favourites could include new releases, classics, graphic novels, picture books – anything that was read and loved! At the same time, our staff was busy putting together our annual Staff Picks list.
Check out our Community Reading List (your favourite reads), and our Staff Picks list for 2017 at kpl.org/what-you-read.