->"''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
* 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 ''Literature/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 ''Literature/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
* OneHourWorkWeek: Main characters in his stories are often described as holding some kind of occupation or important responsibility but never seen engaging in anything related to that activity. For instance, all the main characters in ''Literature/TheRulesOfAttraction'' are college students living on campus in the middle a school semester, but no one apparently attends any courses; many main characters in ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'' have cushy office jobs on Wall Street but don't seem to do any kind of business work.
* ParentalObliviousness: ''Literature/LessThanZero'', ''Literature/TheRulesOfAttraction''.
* PopularIsDumb: Both perspective and secondary characters in his novels tend to be well connected and have wide social circles... and be shown in dialogue and narration to be offensively, scarily illiterate about anything going on in the real world (usually PlayedForLaughs).
* 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 ''Literature/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 ''Literature/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 [[Literature/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''.
** He's also been on the receiving end, as Bunny Corcoran from ''Literature/TheSecretHistory'', written by his college friend Donna Tartt, is heavily based on him.