by Bret Easton Ellis
Published 1991 by Vintage
Read June 2012
In American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis imaginatively explores the incomprehensible depths of madness and captures the insanity of violence in our time or any other. Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.
Why I read this book: I was browsing the shelves at the library for something new and I recognized the title and decided to give it a try.
Initial thoughts: ”Okay, I get it. It’s the 1980s and Greed Is Good and Bateman is rich and greedy and obsessed with products and brands. Gotcha. If he describes one more person’s outfit down to their tie and socks, I’m going to fall asleep.”
…then, on page 132: “Oh, oh, oh.” After pages and pages of dry descriptions of making restaurant reservations and
During the last ⅔ of the book: Just me, rocking back and forth, trying not to puke.
Upon finishing: I need to find one of those old fashioned metal chastity belts and protect my lady parts next time I leave the house. Just sayin’.
Best article I’ve read about American Psycho: LANDMARKS OF LADY-HATE Presents! American Psycho, or, Despite All My Rage I Am Still Just A Rat In A Vagina over at the feminist blog Tiger Beatdown, which was the beginning of my healing process after reading this book. It’s a fantastic analysis and I wish I had written it.
You should read this if…: I started writing this post right after I finished American Psycho back in June, so it was before the Dueling Monsters battle when all these bloggers I am quite fond of started reading it and I was all
Regarding Ellis’ desire to adapt 50 Shades of Grey for the big screen: I haven’t read 50 Shades, I have no real desire to, but I was so revealed to hear that Ellis was denied the opportunity to work on the film. It would be the most horrifying movie of all time and my entire country would be rocking back and forth forever.
Edited to Add (ETA): I realized I tagged this post as “GLBTQ” without explaining why and nothing annoys me greater, so, in brief: Bateman has multiple encounters with women he cajoles into having sex with each other. There is also a man who has a crush on Bateman which is one of the triggers to Bateman’s growing psychosis.