American Psycho is an exciting read from the beginning all the way to the end. Those that have seen the movie shouldn't allow its bland feel to discourage picking up the novel. Then again, if anyone judged a book by its motion filmed cousin then they ought to not read at all anyway. With that said, I love the middle chapters when Batemen's madness increases and down a flesh consuming slope he goes. As an editor and owner of Deadman's Tome, an online horror magazine, I'm surprised I haven't received material like this.
I have recently finished the book and I really did enjoy the read. As I wrote in my review there were times when my jaw literally dropped down and stayed there till I noticed it. I did see the movie first years ago when it was in the theatre. But as usual the book is a masterpiece while the movie can only try to live up to it. I noticed that some people did not like the chapters about music. This only adds to the frenetic energy of the book, it builds up just how well. . .psycho the guy is. The things he cares about, clothes, art, music and flesh. I have not read any other of his books, have any of you on this forum. Tell me about them.
As well as American Psycho, I've read Ellis's first two novels, "Less Than Zero" and "The Rules of Attraction." In case you're interested...
The first is a look at young nihilism in Los Angeles narrated by symbolically-named Clay who has come home for Xmas vacation from a New England college. It's about 200 pages, episodic in nature, dead in tone, considered very hip for its 1985 publication.
"The Rules..." takes place at, I believe, the New England college Clay attends, and it takes the subject matter from Ellis's first book and transfers it to the campus. It's narrated by a ton of characters (with attention to the three corners of a love triangle) and in a way is even more hip than "Less Than Zero" but carries that same lifeless, self-centered tone Ellis employed in the previous novel.
I read both books in college and found them somehow both shocking and boring. Neither really has any meaty sort of plot. It's more about the setting and the characters, and how bad and awful Ellis says everything is. It's satire, I guess, but no way as satirical as "American Psycho," assuredly Ellis's best and most memorable book.