->"''The whole point of [Bret Easton Ellis's books] is 'Look how terrible these people are. Don't do the things these people do. [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing Don't be like these rich, cool, sexy people.]]'''"
--> -- '''Rantasmo, [[http://chezapocalypse.com/episodes/bret-easton-ellis-needs-more-gay// on the author]]'''

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

Ellis has also written/produced two films:

* ''The Informers'' (2008) (based on his short story anthology of the same name)
* ''The Canyons'' (2013)

Alongside the controversy of his 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.

[[http://podcastone.com/program?action=viewProgram&programID=592 Bret's podcast]] on [=PodcastOne=].com, which updates every Monday.

!!This author's works provide examples of:

* AsHimself: ''Literature/LunarPark'' is narrated in first person by Bret Easton Ellis, the successful writer of ''Literature/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
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Though in at least one book (''Less Than Zero''), Blond Guys Are Ubiquitous, so...
* 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 ''Literature/{{Glamorama}}'', ''Literature/LunarPark'' and ''Imperial Bedrooms'' are set later)
* TheFilmOfTheBook: ''Literature/LessThanZero'', ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'' and ''Literature/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 ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'' and ''Literature/{{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 Creator/RaymondChandler[=/=]Creator/JamesMCain 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 UsefulNotes/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,'' ''Literature/AmericanPsycho''.
** ''Literature/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'', ''Literature/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 ''Literature/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.
* SelfPlagiarism: A couple of passages from ''Literature/TheRulesOfAttraction'' show up almost exactly word-for-word in ''Literature/AmericanPsycho''-- and ''Attraction'' may have taken them from ''Literature/LessThanZero''.
* ThereAreNoAdults: ''Literature/LessThanZero,'' ''Literature/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 ''Literature/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''.