Author of 'Fight Club', Chuck Palahniuk, talking about an incident that he says inspired the story. He got into a fight whilst on vacation. He says...
"... And when I came back I looked terrible.
For the weeks it took for all of my bruises to heal, no one I worked with would look me in the eye. People don't want to recognise those aspects of others' lives unless you're a victim. As a man who might've been engaged in a mutual beating I could not be acknowledged. And there was a fantastic power in that. I could stare at them and they could not look at me. I loved having that power."
(Source: this morning's issue of Shortlist, which also contained a feature on the 20 greatest movie fight scenes ever)
WARNING: The book/film ('Fight Club') contains scenes better not read/watched.