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American Psycho 1

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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Bret Easton Ellis (1964 - )

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Marian November 10th, 2006 09:25 PM PST

In an interview for “3 a.m. Magazine” Ellis says that his own favorite is RULES OF ATTRACTION: “The book is my favorite novel. People say to me, 'You write such cold, hard, ironic novels,' but I think Rules is my least read. It's often considered my most mawkish, because I'm dealing with romantic longing.” He then talks about how DIFFERENT the movie is from the book.

I started with LESS THAN ZERO, and it made me want to read his other books -- but not right away. It's very unsettling.

Two warnings:

DON’T begin with Lunar Park. According to the Powell’s review, it weaves elements of Ellis’s life and those of the characters in his other books, and is aimed at people familiar with all of the above. Even reviewers who like most of Ellis’s books are largely negative about this one.

And DON'T judge the books by the movies. The film version of LESS THAN ZERO is so totally UN-true to the book ... though I find I have to recommend it anyway, for Robert Downey Jr's performance as Julian (true to the book).

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Book Seller World: “Bret Easton Ellis, born 1964, is both controversial and highly regarded. His notoriety stems from American Psycho, for which his American publishers, Simon and Schuster, paid a $300,000 advance and then refused to go to print after organised protests from women's groups and also from their own female employees. He is generally regarded to be the leading light in a loose group of lauthors known as Generation X. Three of his books have been adapted for the cinema and met with modest success.”

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