Review copies come with press releases, and this one in big shouty letters explained the book in mathematical terms: “Palahniuk + porn = brilliant satire.” The equation, though, falls short, because, as I stated in my review, Palahniuk’s novel never rises about the porn it claims to satire. Instead, the author pens another fragment-filled slop-fest of faux sentiments strung together with info cribbed from Wikipedia and an idiot’s understanding of the porn industry born out of watching too many porn movies.
Snuff is largely based on The Houston 620 event in the late 1990s. Unlike Palahniuk, Breslin actually attended the event; her insight raises a lot of important points about the sad sensationalism of hardcore porn as it continues to become more and more mainstream.
I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet but plan to do so over the summer.
Tangentially: Palahniuk stars in a peculiar little promo video for the book that you can view on this page over at Powells.com. The video was clearly shot in NW Portland, and the main character in Snuff, Cassie Wright, is cast in the video as a drag queen.