Anne Bean

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The first rule about Fight Club….

So, I was just writing a fight scene in “Changeling,”* a real fists-flying-guns-drawn fight scene. It made me think of two things:

1. I don’t write fight scenes very often. In Freedomland, there are no actual FIGHT scenes. There are people dying gruesomely scenes and blowing stuff up scenes, but no hand-to-hand combat, period.

2. I was trying to think of fight scenes that I really like in books. It’s easier to think of fight scenes in movies that are really good, but harder in books. My taste in movie fight scenes runs to the hyperbolic Kill Bill style combat, but that’s not exactly what I’m going for in the scene I was writing. I wanted something more along the lines of Brad Pitt’s character in Snatch punching out some dudes way bigger than him. I’m decently pleased with my first go at it, but it leaves me wondering: what are all the good fight scenes in books? Why don’t I remember many of them?

Please, help me out! Post your favorite book fight scenes!


  1. Science-Fiction Greg kicks Tyler Durden’s booty.

    Also, I have no recollection of a good fight scene in a book I’ve read either. Maybe that’s because I don’t read the right kinds of books to find a fight scene lurking amongst the pages ready to punch me in the retinas.

    Maybe it’s because novelists are more the “lovers” and L.A. screenwriters are more the “fighters.” It’s ok if you say that makes no sense.


  2. Kevin, Son of Nog

    May 30, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book with a lot of action in it. Many of the fight scenes in the Emberverse series by S.M. Stirling are pretty riveting. However that may be due in part to him spending a lot of effort making you care whether or not the character lives or dies.

    The fight scene in the latter half of this fanfiction chapter is quite good!

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