This isn’t really a review, it’s sort of a comparison to Fight Club *slash* a gathering of my thoughts about the book(s).
If Fight Club is the gateway drug then Invisible Monsters is heroine.
Invisible Monsters is just a natural progression from Fight Club. Not only is it a good thing that they released Fight Club before Invisible Monsters (even though Invisible Monsters was written first) but it’s also a good thing that I read Fight Club first.
Fight Club has one character with two personalities. Invisible Monsters has multiple characters with multiple identities (and one in particular who actually is two different characters). If my Mom got confused reading Game of Thrones, and trying to remember all the characters, just imagine how I felt trying to remember what name went with what character when the same character(s) is (are) being referred to by a different name(s) all the time.
Additionally, where Fight Club skips back and forth between time, Invisible Monsters Remix skips back an forth between time and between chapters.
Also, both books start at the end, then cut to the beginning (or a beginning) and work their way back to the end again.
“Beauty is power the same way money is power the same way a gun is power”; art piece I designed from a quote from the book.
Both books have some psychology behind them. The fact that there is always something wrong with a characters face. The fact that the characters identities are skewed. I feel like it’s just begging to be on a college English class final test as an essay question.
“What is the subtextual meaning behind the physical (the disfigured faces) and non physical (the multiple names) irregularities in the characters of both Fight Club and Invisible Monsters?”
When it’s closed you want it open. It’s like an adult version of Mean Girls. It’s like a book version of Regina George [It’s Regina George in book form]. You hate that bitch but you want her to be your best friend. You want her to love you. It’s all you think about.
Both Fight Club and Invisible Monsters talk about God a lot (just an observation). Both books use repetition. It’s in this repetition that, if you pay enough attention, you can concoct a possible direction, a potential “what happens next is…”
It’s like a well crafted puzzle. You work your way from the outside ends and make your way to the gooey caramel center. It’s like the book wants to be it’s own center of attention.
When reading the title Invisible Monsters and pairing it with the cover, I thought that subject matter of the book was going to be completely different.
A pair of serial killers that are impossible to capture. The demons that lurk inside us all, or that lurk inside crazy people. Actual creatures that run around causing mischief but that are unseeable to the naked eye. The book is about none of these things.
The book does live up to the title, I suppose, just not in the way I expected.
For those of you considering reading Invisible Monsters Remix, I’ve done the legwork for you. Here is The Breadcrumb Trail:
Introduction, 41, 1, 40, 2, 39, 4, 38, 5, 37, 6, 35, 7, 34, 8, 33, 10, 32, 11, 31, 12, 29, 14, 28, 15, 26, 17, 24, 19, 23, 20, 22, 21
Above is an ordered list of how the story chapters of the book are meant to be read. This is done for you; after reading the introduction it says “Now, please. Jump to chapter forty one.” This is easy and the book goes back and forth like this until you reach “the end.” However, as you can see the book skips a few of the chapters. This is where it really gets confusing.
The remaining ten chapters are not part of the story, but are merely seperate stories unto themselves. These chapters are also given a breadcrumb trail, but the trails lead to infinite loops.
3 leads to 16. 16 leads to 30. and 30 leads back to 3. For whatever reason I feel that this means you should start at the lowest numerical value for the remaining ten chapters which are separated into three infinite loops. I found that reading them this way did seem to be the logiacal order in which they were intended to be laid out. The loops go as follows:
3*, 16*, 30, —> 3
9, 18, 36*, 27, —> 9
13, 25, 42, —> 13
*These chapters are printed backwards and must be read in a mirror. It’s a visual metaphor for the book. It’s very clever.
EXTRA: Let me start by saying that I just found a list from a while ago that had the following on it. I am not sure if I ever put theses words in any of my Invisible Monsters posts, so if I’m repeating myself, I do apologize.
What makes Invisible Monsters so great is the mirror it holds up to society; the critique it is on all of us. [Theses thoughts may just be my own, but I think] We all want to die* or better yet be maimed** in such a way that people will feel bad for us and we will be the center of attention so we can feel loved. Ironically, once we become this monster, the opposite effect happens and no one wants to look at us. We become just as invisible as we were before the accident.
*However, if we were dead, we wouldn’t be able to appreciate the sympathy and sadness surrounding our death. We want to know how many, and who would attend our funeral… or, again, at least I do.
**This is what Shannon (the main character) does to herself