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I read an interview talking about Rant (which I have not read) which states that it is, in part, about a gang of teen car-crash enthusiasts who crash into each other to feel alive. Now why does this sound as if it is ripped off WHOLESALE from this book (which came out in the fucking SEVENTIES!):

[url]http://www.amazon.com/Crash-Novel-J-G-Ballard/dp/0312420331/ref=pd_bbs_s...

I know Palahniuk is ludicrously compared to Ballard, but they're poles apart and Ballard is a FAR better writer/theoretician. And I know Palahniuk harvests his psychofantic fans for stories for his books so he doesn't have to make up his own ideas. But does he have to be such a BLATANT rip-off merchant?

Get a clue, Palahniuk. Invent something. That's what writers with imagination DO.

G.