Anyone into Brett Easton Ellis ??

  • HorrorHound

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    Aug 12, 2009 11:49 PM GMT
    One of my favorite authors is Brett Easton Ellis (books: Less Than Zero, Rules Of Attraction, American Psycho, The Informers, Lunar Park)

    I first caught onto his books back in '99 & '00, the first novel read being LESS THAN ZERO. This book knocked me on my ass! Its unrelentingly realistic & nihilistic.

    Most of his novels being set in the 80's, he quotes/name drops plenty of that culture & it's popculture (movies, bands, styles, & fads)

    His novels are VERY sexually ambiguous, rife w/ bisexuality, drug-use, & characters that are the center of a 'moral vacuum'. Best way to put it: His protagonists often lacking a moral compass, their very life & being "on a rollercoaster ride into a brickwall".

    Sure, most of his novels have been adapted for the big screen: Less Than Zero (Someone pleeeeease remake this, & make it resemble the style/tune of the novel!!), Rules of Attraction (great movie & adaption!), American Psycho (great adaption!), & The Informers (yet-to-see, though excited for it!).

    Anyone into his books?


    The Informers Trailer:



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    Aug 13, 2009 1:58 AM GMT
    Yep. He rocks. I read American Psycho, The Rules of Attraction (I also own the movie), and Glamorama (which talks about what happened to Victor from the Rules of Attraction).

    The Rules of Attraction is my favorite out of all of them. I didn't read the Informers and might have to add that to my reading list.
  • HorrorHound

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    Aug 13, 2009 3:02 AM GMT
    The Rules Of Attraction is a DAMN good book! & the movie was a great directed adaption capturing all the characters quirks & the POV's from each person.

    I completely forgot to mention Glamorama - I own it, but so far couldn't get into it: I don't quite comprehend much about the "fashion" industry nor fashion labels. So I was a tad lost. haha

    I love how Brett involves many o' the same characters in all his novels - from cameo appearances to mentioning 'em. & same locations.
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    Aug 26, 2009 10:48 PM GMT
    I just finished watching the Informers. Great movie. It was typical Bret Easton Ellis. Good cast, too. The guy Martin is cute, and has a nice ass. I heard that he is doing a Less than Zero part 2. Has anybody else seen the Informers yet?
  • UncleverName

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    Aug 26, 2009 11:09 PM GMT
    AKA_B1GK saidThe Rules Of Attraction is a DAMN good book! & the movie was a great directed adaption capturing all the characters quirks & the POV's from each person.

    I completely forgot to mention Glamorama - I own it, but so far couldn't get into it: I don't quite comprehend much about the "fashion" industry nor fashion labels. So I was a tad lost. haha


    I found that I couldn't get into Glamorama at all. It was too much useless stuff in the first couple of chapters, and nothing really interesting happening. It almost felt like Brett E E was unable to write for the 90's, although he was trying really really hard.

    I loved the Rules Of Attraction book, but didn't really like the movie. The main reason I didn't like the movie was because it made it quite clear that the two guys, Paul and Sean, never have sex. The movie makes it seem as if them having sex is entirely in Paul's imagination/wank fantasies. In the book, it seemed more like maybe Sean just chooses not to acknowledge that they have sex while he's drunk. The character even acknowledges in the book that he can't remember having sex when he's not drunk or high for the last couple of months, before he and Lauren get together.

    This ambiguity is possible in the novel, because it's told first person point of view, from each character's pov at different times. So the book is quite ambiguous and there's really no true story, because everyone has their own perspective. The author even makes sure you can understand this in the last pages of the book, in case you missed it while reading it. The movie doesn't do this at all.

    I haven't watched the Informers, but found the book really depressing after I read it, and wondered what the point was. It just seemed like a bunch of screwed up people, doing screwed up things, with no one realizing anything or changing. It's realistic all right, but I don't really need to read about it to get it. That's how life is.

  • HairyMuscle

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    Aug 26, 2009 11:34 PM GMT
    Yes. he is a tad messed up... but engaging and cuts to the core of human sociopathy and degradation. American Psycho and Rules of Attraction awesome films and close to the book. Glamorama one F'd up book and one threesome scene so so HOT. I like edgy work and Ellis is one of the best.
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    Aug 26, 2009 11:52 PM GMT
    Read Rules of Attraction, Less than Zero (finished in one sitting on a plane ride which was a bit much, but couldn't put it down), and American Psycho (one FUCKED up book that I could barely stomach). Liked the Rules of Attraction and American Psycho movies. Also wish they'd do a proper remake of Less Than Zero with some wise casting choices. Love that his books really embody the seen-it-all-done-it-all I-don't-give-a-fuck-about-anything 80's generations of NYC and LA. This latest adaptation looks to be promising, with a great cast. Hello - Winona Ryder comeback anyone????

    EDIT: Apparently the film had a tough welcome, according to Wikipedia, and was just released on DVD yesterday. Also of note, this was Brad Renfro's last film before his death, which I wasn't aware of.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Informers_(film)
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    Aug 27, 2009 12:10 AM GMT
    Glamorama makes me want to take a cold shower and then slip on a nice cashmere sweater, and yet somehow still feel dirty.
  • cbrett

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    Aug 27, 2009 12:55 AM GMT
    what a shame that you guys dont like the movie "less then Zero" this was the 1st time i ever saw a guy giving head to another guy, I became a fan st8 away, i have read the book and yes it was great, but the movie was so just right
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    Aug 27, 2009 1:10 AM GMT
    I've read and seen Less Than Zero (movie wasn't as good as the book) and Rules of Attraction (both book and movie were AWESOME). I wouldn't say I'm a 'fan' of his but I have enjoyed the two that I've read.
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    Aug 27, 2009 2:23 AM GMT
    Glamorama was horrible. I gave up on it. I just remember it going on and on about the bar top in the nightclub they were opening or something-or-other... I couldn't take it.

    American Psycho was good. I can't ever think of a Habitrail tube the same after that book.
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    Aug 27, 2009 2:29 AM GMT
    The movie Less Than Zero led me to read that book, followed by Rules of Attraction. I've also read American Psycho and Glamorama.

    I think I liked Rules best and understood American Psycho the least. As someone else mentioned, his characters always have a connection to characters in his other books. I think my favorite overlap was the "killer" from American Psycho making a cameo in Glamorama.

    And yes, the threesome shower scene in Glamorama is incredibly hot. Probably the only written porn I've ever enjoyed. Repeatedly. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 27, 2009 2:31 AM GMT
    Less Than Zero is easily one of my favorite books.

    Rules of Attraction as a novel is stupendous; as a movie, it stumbles.
  • calibro

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    Aug 27, 2009 3:33 AM GMT
    I always found his writing to be severely flawed, as it seems too caught up in post-modern wit and vocabulary, which he seems to thinks is an acceptable substitute for craft. That and I find all of his works horrendously pretentious and unreal. It doesn't help that he is a douche bag like no other and a significant portion of the literary world dislikes him (as a person).