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23rd Jan '13 10:04:55 AM TinyTedDanson
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Los Angeles-born writer who rose to fame in TheEighties as one of the "Literary Brat Pack"-- and probably the most successful of this group. Works include:

* ''Literature/LessThanZero'' (1985)
* ''TheRulesOfAttraction'' (1987)
* ''AmericanPsycho'' (1991)
* ''The Informers'' (1994) (short story anthology)
* ''{{Glamorama}}'' (1998)
* ''Literature/LunarPark'' (2005)
* ''Imperial Bedrooms'' (2010) (a sequel to ''Less Than Zero'' revisiting the characters in current times)

Alongside the controversy of these books, Ellis is a fairly public figure, whose Twitter account and public quotes skirt the edges of misogyny and misanthropy. In short, Ellis is a terrific writer who isn't all right in the head.

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!!This author's works provide examples of:

* AsHimself: ''Literature/LunarPark'' is narrated in first person by Bret Easton Ellis, the successful writer of ''AmericanPsycho'' and other novels. At the beginning, it sounds autobiographical, but then completely descends to fiction.
* BlackComedy: As pitch black as it gets. All of his books, no matter how violent or full of {{Squick}}, contain at least three laugh out loud moments and lots of sly dialogue.
* BlackAndGrayMorality
* CrapsackWorld: In his works, pretty much everybody is completely shallow and selfish, and they're usually too dense to notice how empty and meaningless their lives are.
* TheEighties: and how (though ''{{Glamorama}}'', ''Literature/LunarPark'' and ''Imperial Bedrooms'' are set later)
* TheFilmOfTheBook: ''Literature/LessThanZero'', ''AmericanPsycho'' and ''TheRulesOfAttraction''. The opening of ''Imperial Bedrooms'' (the sequel to ''Less Than Zero'') gets very [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis meta]] with this, and has the characters commenting on how little the film of ''Less Than Zero'' had to do with their experiences.
* GainaxEnding: Almost all of his books have this, but most especially in ''AmericanPsycho'' and ''{{Glamorama}}''.
* {{Gorn}}: In all the books to some extent, but reaches an apex in ''AmericanPsycho''.
* {{Gossipy Hens}}: Put any two of his characters in a room together and it's a sure bet they'll start talking about a third.
* {{Homage}}: ''Imperial Bedrooms'' was an extended one to classic hard-boiled detective fiction, in the Raymond Chandler/James M. Cain tradition.
** ''Literature/LunarPark'' is largely a Creator/StephenKing pastiche, especially ''Literature/TheShining''.
* HookersAndBlow: and sometimes just blow. And pot. And heroin. And animal tranquilizers.
* LifeEmbellished: ''Lunar Park''.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: ''Literature/LessThanZero'' and ''Imperial Bedrooms'' are both named for ElvisCostello songs.
* UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and NewYorkCity: primary settings for his novels.
* PostModernism: His books started to feature more and more postmodern elements from ''AmericanPsycho'' onwards, with ''Literature/LunarPark'' the most striking example.
* NoEnding: ''The Rules of Attraction,'' ''AmericanPsycho''.
** ''TheRulesOfAttraction'', in fact, ends ''mid-sentence''.
* NoGoingSteady, occasionally with a dash of LoveTriangle / LoveDodecahedron
* OldShame: Averted-- his first published novel, ''Literature/LessThanZero'', was a success. Ellis later said that it's "pretty good writing for someone who was 19".
* ParentalObliviousness: ''Literature/LessThanZero'', ''TheRulesOfAttraction''.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: "The Secrets of Summer" in ''The Informers'': vampires here can (and do) eat raw meat or drink animal blood-- and when they consume the blood of drug users they get the effects whether they want them or not.
* TheRashomon: Paul and Sean tell conflicting, contradictory accounts of their relationship in ''TheRulesOfAttraction''.
* RecursiveCanon: ''Lunar Park'' (Patrick Bateman exists and so does the novel ''AmericanPsycho'').
* SeinfeldianConversation: All of his books have long drawn out conversations about shallow topics, with the Business Card scene from the book and movie of ''AmericanPsycho'' being the most famous.
* ThereAreNoAdults: ''Literature/LessThanZero,'' ''TheRulesOfAttraction''
* UnreliableNarrator: Several, but primarily [[AmericanPsycho Patrick Bateman.]]
* TheVerse: Characters from previous novels show up in later works, and Patrick Bateman actually debuted (with a somewhat different personality) in ''TheRulesOfAttraction''.
** And that's really just the tip of the iceberg. Usually at least two or three other characters from previous novels appear in any given book.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Has said that his abusive father was the basis for Patrick Bateman as well as the father in ''Glamorama''.

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Los Angeles-born writer who rose to fame in TheEighties as one of the "Literary Brat Pack"-- and probably the most successful of this group. Works include:

* ''Literature/LessThanZero'' (1985)
* ''TheRulesOfAttraction'' (1987)
* ''AmericanPsycho'' (1991)
* ''The Informers'' (1994) (short story anthology)
* ''{{Glamorama}}'' (1998)
* ''Literature/LunarPark'' (2005)
* ''Imperial Bedrooms'' (2010) (a sequel to ''Less Than Zero'' revisiting the characters in current times)

Alongside the controversy of these books, Ellis is a fairly public figure, whose Twitter account and public quotes skirt the edges of misogyny and misanthropy. In short, Ellis is a terrific writer who isn't all right in the head.

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!!This author's works provide examples of:

* AsHimself: ''Literature/LunarPark'' is narrated in first person by Bret Easton Ellis, the successful writer of ''AmericanPsycho'' and other novels. At the beginning, it sounds autobiographical, but then completely descends to fiction.
* BlackComedy: As pitch black as it gets. All of his books, no matter how violent or full of {{Squick}}, contain at least three laugh out loud moments and lots of sly dialogue.
* BlackAndGrayMorality
* CrapsackWorld: In his works, pretty much everybody is completely shallow and selfish, and they're usually too dense to notice how empty and meaningless their lives are.
* TheEighties: and how (though ''{{Glamorama}}'', ''Literature/LunarPark'' and ''Imperial Bedrooms'' are set later)
* TheFilmOfTheBook: ''Literature/LessThanZero'', ''AmericanPsycho'' and ''TheRulesOfAttraction''. The opening of ''Imperial Bedrooms'' (the sequel to ''Less Than Zero'') gets very [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis meta]] with this, and has the characters commenting on how little the film of ''Less Than Zero'' had to do with their experiences.
* GainaxEnding: Almost all of his books have this, but most especially in ''AmericanPsycho'' and ''{{Glamorama}}''.
* {{Gorn}}: In all the books to some extent, but reaches an apex in ''AmericanPsycho''.
* {{Gossipy Hens}}: Put any two of his characters in a room together and it's a sure bet they'll start talking about a third.
* {{Homage}}: ''Imperial Bedrooms'' was an extended one to classic hard-boiled detective fiction, in the Raymond Chandler/James M. Cain tradition.
** ''Literature/LunarPark'' is largely a Creator/StephenKing pastiche, especially ''Literature/TheShining''.
* HookersAndBlow: and sometimes just blow. And pot. And heroin. And animal tranquilizers.
* LifeEmbellished: ''Lunar Park''.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: ''Literature/LessThanZero'' and ''Imperial Bedrooms'' are both named for ElvisCostello songs.
* UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and NewYorkCity: primary settings for his novels.
* PostModernism: His books started to feature more and more postmodern elements from ''AmericanPsycho'' onwards, with ''Literature/LunarPark'' the most striking example.
* NoEnding: ''The Rules of Attraction,'' ''AmericanPsycho''.
** ''TheRulesOfAttraction'', in fact, ends ''mid-sentence''.
* NoGoingSteady, occasionally with a dash of LoveTriangle / LoveDodecahedron
* OldShame: Averted-- his first published novel, ''Literature/LessThanZero'', was a success. Ellis later said that it's "pretty good writing for someone who was 19".
* ParentalObliviousness: ''Literature/LessThanZero'', ''TheRulesOfAttraction''.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: "The Secrets of Summer" in ''The Informers'': vampires here can (and do) eat raw meat or drink animal blood-- and when they consume the blood of drug users they get the effects whether they want them or not.
* TheRashomon: Paul and Sean tell conflicting, contradictory accounts of their relationship in ''TheRulesOfAttraction''.
* RecursiveCanon: ''Lunar Park'' (Patrick Bateman exists and so does the novel ''AmericanPsycho'').
* SeinfeldianConversation: All of his books have long drawn out conversations about shallow topics, with the Business Card scene from the book and movie of ''AmericanPsycho'' being the most famous.
* ThereAreNoAdults: ''Literature/LessThanZero,'' ''TheRulesOfAttraction''
* UnreliableNarrator: Several, but primarily [[AmericanPsycho Patrick Bateman.]]
* TheVerse: Characters from previous novels show up in later works, and Patrick Bateman actually debuted (with a somewhat different personality) in ''TheRulesOfAttraction''.
** And that's really just the tip of the iceberg. Usually at least two or three other characters from previous novels appear in any given book.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Has said that his abusive father was the basis for Patrick Bateman as well as the father in ''Glamorama''.

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17th Dec '12 8:14:55 AM Oreochan
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* DeadBabyComedy: Tasteless jokes are a recurring motif in several of the books; arguably, ''AmericanPsycho'' ''is'' this.
1st Oct '12 2:13:21 PM ethansloan
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* {{Gossipy Hens}}: Put any two of his characters in a room together and it's a sure bet they'll start talking about a third.
23rd Sep '12 11:41:52 AM Folamh3
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* PostModernism: His books started to feature more and more postmodern elements from ''AmericanPsycho'' onwards, with ''Literature/LunarPark'' the most striking example.
19th Sep '12 12:40:42 AM Xtifr
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* AsHimself: ''LunarPark'' is narrated in first person by Bret Easton Ellis, the successful writer of ''AmericanPsycho'' and other novels. At the beginning, it sounds autobiographical, but then completely descends to fiction.

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* AsHimself: ''LunarPark'' ''Literature/LunarPark'' is narrated in first person by Bret Easton Ellis, the successful writer of ''AmericanPsycho'' and other novels. At the beginning, it sounds autobiographical, but then completely descends to fiction.



* TheEighties: and how (though ''{{Glamorama}}'', ''LunarPark'' and ''Imperial Bedrooms'' are set later)

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* TheEighties: and how (though ''{{Glamorama}}'', ''LunarPark'' ''Literature/LunarPark'' and ''Imperial Bedrooms'' are set later)



** ''LunarPark'' is largely a Creator/StephenKing pastiche, especially ''Literature/TheShining''.

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** ''LunarPark'' ''Literature/LunarPark'' is largely a Creator/StephenKing pastiche, especially ''Literature/TheShining''.



* LifeEmbellished: ''LunarPark''.

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* LifeEmbellished: ''LunarPark''.''Lunar Park''.



* RecursiveCanon: ''LunarPark'' (Patrick Bateman exists and so does the novel ''AmericanPsycho'').

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* RecursiveCanon: ''LunarPark'' ''Lunar Park'' (Patrick Bateman exists and so does the novel ''AmericanPsycho'').
19th Sep '12 12:37:15 AM Xtifr
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* ''LunarPark'' (2005)

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* ''LunarPark'' ''Literature/LunarPark'' (2005)
16th Sep '12 11:13:30 AM Aquila89
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** ''LunarPark'' is largely a Creator/StephenKing pastiche, especially ''TheShining''.

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** ''LunarPark'' is largely a Creator/StephenKing pastiche, especially ''TheShining''.''Literature/TheShining''.
9th Aug '12 4:14:21 AM FELH2
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* CrapsackWorld: In his works, pretty much everybody is completely shallow and selfish, and they're usually too dense to notice how empty and meaningless their lives are.

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* CrapsackWorld: In his works, pretty much everybody is completely shallow and selfish, and they're usually too dense to notice how empty and meaningless their lives are.



* {{Gorn}}: In all the books to some extent, but reaches an apex in ''AmericanPsycho''.

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* {{Gorn}}: In all the books to some extent, but reaches an apex in ''AmericanPsycho''.



* LosAngeles and NewYorkCity: primary settings for his novels.

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* LosAngeles UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and NewYorkCity: primary settings for his novels.



** And that's really just the tip of the iceberg. Usually at least two or three other characters from previous novels appear in any given book.

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** And that's really just the tip of the iceberg. Usually at least two or three other characters from previous novels appear in any given book.



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6th Aug '12 6:40:48 PM Folamh3
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** ''LunarPark'' is largely a Creator/StephenKing pastiche, especially ''TheShining''.
6th Aug '12 6:39:28 PM Folamh3
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* TheEighties: and how (though ''{{Glamorama}}'' and ''LunarPark'' are set later)

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* TheEighties: and how (though ''{{Glamorama}}'' and ''{{Glamorama}}'', ''LunarPark'' and ''Imperial Bedrooms'' are set later)
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