When people use the term snowflake unironically, just remember they're quoting Fight Club, a satire written by a gay man about how male fragility causes men to destroy themselves, resent society and become radicalized. and that Tyler Durden isnt the hero but a personification of the main character's deep insecurities, and that his snowflake speech is a dig at how fascists use dehumanizing language to breed loyalty from insecure people.

@jacethechicken narcissism is an aspect of this too. the protagonist sees himself as the main character in his own movie (...) and insists the film be one that gives him the kind of role he feels he deserves, and all his actions and interactions are to this end throughout. the narrative structure of the movie we see parallels the narrative structure of the one he constructs for himself. he needs a villain, so he invents one; a love interest, so he finds one, etc.

@jacethechicken that's why he has such a problem with her seeing him at the support groups: it interferes with how he goes there to see himself.

this narcissism plays easily into fascism as well, because its ability to construct a compelling manichaean narrative, and its encouragement for adherents and would-be adherents to do so within its precepts, makes it perhaps uniquely useful among ideological genera to fulfill the narcissist's need for story as a means of contextualizing the self.

@alexis @jacethechicken

this actually plays well into the theory that Marla isn't real either but a fragment of the MC's self

@solder_on @jacethechicken that would check out! i haven't seen the movie in a minute but we never see her interact with anyone beyond the protagonist or durden, do we?

@alexis @jacethechicken

also the support groups argument line. "You can't have the WHOLE BRAIN!"

@alexis @jacethechicken

mmmhm. I kicked myself for missing that every damn time I saw it

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