Once upon a time I was a child who had seen two or three episodes of Comedy Central’s South Park and thought it was a badly animated pile of crap that I’d never watch in a million years. Now I’m 23 and of the opinion that it’s fast approaching genius. This isn’t a TV show that you should judge based on your first impressions. But can a show that regularly sets out to humiliate anyone they want be really considered as the best TV show ever made? I don’t see why not.
There’ll be people in the world who look at South Park and think it’s a complete disgrace. No-one is safe from their satirical clutches, not even the disabled or people in poverty. It seems everything is permitted in Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s world. As you can imagine these attitudes have led to plenty of outrage in the media and threats of lawsuits against them. There isn’t anything else on TV that is as controversial.
What the hell is happening to television? We sit here and wallow in the doldrums of Strictly Come Dancing and X-Factor whilst simultaneously having to put up with many of British television’s best series’ being cast out, left to come to an anti-climactic death. And now, the BBC’s thrilling and long-running spy-drama Spooks is set to be given its screened funeral this coming Monday. In my opinion, we should all be bloody devastated.
With the film release in 1999, the Fight Club story became a cult classic and now the original novel is widely regarded as one of the deepest and most thought-provoking of all time. But how did writer, Chuck Palahniuk, come to create such a controversial and yet well-received book?
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Those who hadn’t read Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club would be forgiven for thinking that, on their viewing of the film trailer, it was a straight-up action film about a group of men who become a part of an underground fist-fighting club. But the story draws upon some important and shocking aspects of human behaviour, particularly in males, which make the plots of firework blockbusters of modern times meaningless in comparison. Male dominance, advertisement, commercialism, life disillusionment; these are some of the issues that Fight Club addresses, and by the end you’re left with something deep to think about, no matter if you read the book or watch the film.