I had already seen the movie and I still couldn’t put the book down. The only other times that I can think of off the top of my head that I’ve felt that way about books were Jurassic Park and the first Harry Potter book.
Read Fight Club. Even if you have already seen the movie. Even if you didn’t like the movie.
I’ve read a couple other books by Chuck Palahniuk (Choke and Stranger Than Fiction). I prefer his fiction to his non-fiction, but that is just me. However, in Stranger Than Fiction, Palahniuk writes about minimalist authors and how Amy Hemphill doesn’t waste words and makes him feel bad about his own writing. I haven’t actually gotten around to reading any of her novels yet, but I think Chuck is selling himself short. He doesn’t waste your time (in his fiction, anyway) with unnecessary words. I think Gabe used the phrase “no flowery prose”.
Reading Fight Club will not be a waste of your time. Even if you don’t like the story, you will have to appreciate what a well written book it is.