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Summer reading/viewing

As a random gift to my nephew across the country, I sent him my copy of "Fight Club." To this point, he has read only the assignments they gave him in school. I love to read, but the require reading nearly ruined it for me. His recreational reading is comic books.

In my letter accompanying the book, I told him not to watch the movie until he had read the book, which is better. And that isn't meant to slam the film; I enjoyed it and that's how I discovered Chuck's writing. Sorry, I wasn't hooked into the underground lit world, which seems trite and childish to me.

Is it that much of a letdown to read the book first and watch the movie? He's excited, as he is involved in mixed martial arts; I admit to some Hollywood manipulation in drawing him in with the title.