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American Psycho

Monday, January 28th, 2008

"...there is an idea of a Patrick Bateman, some kind of abstraction, but there is no real me, only an entity, something illusory, and though I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable: I simply am not there." (376-377)

I have finally finished reading American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. I started this book probably 2 years ago when Betsy let me borrow it. Come to think about it, I think she said she didn't want it back and handed it to me with a grimace on her face.

I think it took me so long to finish it because of how slow it started. I'd read 20 or 30 pages and then put it down for a few weeks (or months) and kept doing this until it finally picked up. I'm guessing Ellis did this to show Bateman slowly going crazy. Once he got going though, it was a much faster read.

I first saw the movie adaptation of this back at RIT. Dave (one of my roommates at the time) and I watched it on HBO at like 2am one morning; it was hilarious! How funny is it watching a deranged socialite serial killer run after a woman in an apartment building wearing only sneakers and a chainsaw? Too funny. The book had some humorous moments, like Bateman trying to catch a rat in his apartment with a wedge of Brie topped with a sun-dried tomato and a sprinkling of dill, but on the whole, it was much darker and much more serious (like what he does with the rat after he catches it).

Fun fact: Pat Bateman has a younger brother named Sean Bateman who is the main character in a book (and movie) called The Rules of Attraction.

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#1 - Jan 28, 2008 at 7:57 PM
Fun fact #2: The book met a lot of criticism by womens rights activists. One particularly famous activist, Gloria Steinem, is the step-mother of actor Christian Bale who plays Bateman in the movie.
#2 - Feb 4, 2008 at 7:31 AM
I also have Rules of Attraction if you want to read it. I found it much less disturbing than American Psycho. Habitrail!! HABITRAIL!! Come on...I can't read that.
#3 - Feb 4, 2008 at 10:15 AM
I'll have to borrow that one at some point too. I just started reading Slash, and that'll probably take me a while :)
Joe Reid
#4 - Feb 19, 2008 at 4:42 AM
Yo dude, that book is awesome!
Anywho, Just found your site due to googling my name and looks like someone with my name is blogging under the domain of!

Small world, eh? :P

-Joe Reid (The Irish version)

PS. I'm from Ireland, not like... An American who thinks their Irish cause of their grandads dog coming from england whose owner has an Irish sister-in-law. It seems that a lot of Americans think they are part Irish because of connections like this... :P
#5 - Feb 19, 2008 at 2:11 PM
Hey there! I'm Irish too! (but in that long-winded practically impossible to trace American kind of way)

I'm the 4th and I think Senior or maybe even the generation before that was actually from Ireland.

I'm glad you left a comment, I always love meeting other Joe Reids.

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