Bret Easton Ellis

Bret Easton Ellis is an American author, screenwriter, and short story writer. He is best known for his novels 'American Psycho' and 'Less Than Zero', which are known for their satirical and controversial take on consumerism and the superficiality of modern society. His work often explores themes of nihilism, transgression, and the moral vacuity of the wealthy and glamorous. Ellis' writing style is characterized by its sharp dialogue, dark humor, and minimalist prose.


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  1. 1. American Psycho

    The novel is a disturbing and graphic exploration of the mind of a wealthy, young and handsome Wall Street investment banker who is also a psychopathic serial killer. He leads a double life, appearing to be a charming and sophisticated businessman by day, while indulging in horrific acts of violence and murder by night. The narrative provides a satirical critique of 1980s American consumer culture, vanity, and excess, while also delving into the dark underbelly of human nature.

    The 401st Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Less Than Zero

    The novel is a bleak portrayal of the nihilistic and morally vacant lives of affluent teenagers in 1980s Los Angeles. The story follows a young college freshman returning home for winter break, only to find himself drifting through a world of casual drug use, vapid sex, and senseless violence. Disconnected from his emotions and the people around him, the protagonist observes the empty existence of his friends and the loss of humanity in a culture obsessed with materialism and hedonism, ultimately questioning the very nature of his own reality and purpose.

    The 2059th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Rules Of Attraction

    Set in the 1980s at a small, affluent liberal arts college in New England, the novel captures the lives of a group of self-absorbed, hedonistic students as they navigate a world of casual sex, drug use, and apathy. Through a series of first-person narratives that often overlap and contradict each other, the story delves into the disaffected and aimless existence of these young adults, exploring themes of unrequited love, the search for identity, and the meaninglessness of the college social scene. The characters' intertwining relationships and the consequences of their actions paint a bleak picture of the disillusionment and moral ambiguity of the era.

    The 3166th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Lunar Park

    The novel is a metafictional narrative blending reality and fiction, where a novelist with a tumultuous past grapples with the demons of his personal life, including substance abuse and strained relationships. As he settles into suburban life with his family, bizarre occurrences begin to unfold, blurring the lines between his creations and reality. The protagonist is haunted by the ghost of his father, a mysterious toy that comes to life, and a series of child abductions that eerily echo his own literary work, leading him on a surreal journey of self-discovery and redemption.

    The 5509th Greatest Book of All Time