To say that Jeff Probst is a fan of the group of 18 contestants we are about to meet on Survivor: Worlds Apart (which premieres Wednesday on CBS) would be an understatement. He doesn’t just like them; he thinks they may comprise the show’s best cast…ever. “Person for person and pound for pound, I will say that this is the best group of people I think we’ve ever had,” the host told us back in December. “Just based on my experience, this was one of my favorite seasons of all time.” High praise, indeed.
When Survivor: Worlds Apart premieres on Feb. 25, we will see a battle between White Collars, Blue Collars, and No Collars. But more important than the designations, perhaps, is the number—that number being three. Survivor has started its seasons with anywhere from two to four tribes, but it has experienced some of its greatest success lately (Survivor: Philippines and Survivor: Cagayan) when it has gone with three groups of six people each.
Chuck Palahniuk’s first novel, ”Fight Club,” is one of those rare books that fans have actually fought over. Literally. While none of the author’s subsequent books have been adapted for Brad Pitt, his underground dispatches have landed time and again on best-seller lists. Here’s a crib sheet to four of his twisted satirical works.
Tender Branson, messianic cult leader-turned-media superstar, is the sole passenger on a hijacked plane that will crash when it runs out of fuel. While he waits for the plane to go down, Branson narrates his deranged autobiography into the flight recorder; it is this bracingly caustic transcript that makes up Palahniuk’s second novel (after Fight Club). In 289 pages, numbered backward, Branson recalls his cult’s mass suicide (of which he was the sole survivor) and details the conspiracy that has inspired this self-destructive mission.
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