The term is first attested in 1980, when it was used as a fairly neutral demographic label. As his life progresses his hatred for the world becomes more and more intense. Ellis is an american dickens, holding a mirror up to the face of. American psycho, vintage books, new york 1991, isbn 0679 735771. American psycho author bret easton ellis tells us where patrick. If you want to watch a movie showing a privileged yuppie s psychological breakdown, watch vampires kiss 1989, starring nic cage. After 25 years im occasionally and increasingly asked by readers of a book i published in 1991 called american psycho later made into a movie in 2000 about where its narrator, patrick bateman. Ellis most famous novel is probably 1991s american psycho. Telltale signs of the modernday yuppie the new york times.
He did not come out of me sitting down and wanting to write a grand sweeping indictment of yuppie culture. Like other works which critique and lampoon 1980s yuppie culture, such as tom wolfes the bonfire of the vanities 1984 and oliver stones wall street 1987, american psycho. The novel is really about my loneliness, my alienation. American psycho deserves a second look san antonio. American psycho author bret easton ellis reflects on 25 years of patrick bateman. The observer notes that while some countries deem it so potentially disturbing that it can only be sold shrinkwrapped, critics rave about it and academics revel in its transgressive and postmodern qualities. The book is an interesting dive into yuppie 80s culture. A much livelier, more expansive version of american psycho can be found in the 1989 psychodrama vampires kiss, in which a solipsistic yuppie nicolas cage copes with his alienation from 80s. American psycho is a novel by bret easton ellis first published in 1991. American psycho s examination of 1980s yuppie culture became the subject of scrutiny amongst conservatives and liberals alike. Yet the patrick bateman we see is goodlooking, rich, and charming. Bret easton elliss american psycho, this article discusses the efforts of the makers of the.
The one line in american psycho that will completely. Like the novel, the film american psycho can be seen as an ultimate portrayal of. American psycho ist ein roman des usamerikanischen autors bret easton ellis. American psycho is maybe my favorite movie, but the book sucks shit. Mary harrons american psycho is a searing satire of yuppie culture and the excess of the 1980s. The book and the movie are both stories about capitalism and yuppie culture, but only the movie examines the way it fuels a broader societal ill. Bret easton ellis is a very, very good writer and american psycho is a beautifully controlled, careful, important novel. Receiving endless packages of hate mail, including a few death threats, ellis found his booked banned in several countries. In the book, bateman is stalked by anthropomorphic product mascots, driven mad by the overcommercialized landscape. Throughout american psycho, we lose touch of reality as batemans tells us his gruesome tale of drugs, murder and other transgressions. The bret easton ellis novel american psycho, a dark, violent satire of the me culture of ronald reagans 1980s, is certainly one of the most controversial books of the 90s, and that notoriety fueled its bestseller status.
American psycho by bret easton ellis books the guardian. Alison kelly of the observer notes that while some countries deem it so potentially disturbing that it can only be sold shrinkwrapped, critics rave about it and. American psycho and the undying vitality of yuppie scum a retro. It is the story about the archetypal 80s businessman. The filming of bret easton ellis bestseller novel american psycho caused a. In american psycho, bret easton ellis imaginatively explores the incomprehensible depths of madness and captures the insanity of violence in our time or any other. Norman mailer vanity fair american psycho is a beautifully controlled, careful, important novel. After watching this film and reading the book, the notoriously ambiguous ending has left me wondering. Based on the controversial novel, the film offers a sharp satire to the dark side of yuppie culture in the 80s, while setting forth a vision that is both. Of that dashing yuppie psychopath, author bret easton ellis said following the book s release, it was very clear to me when i started writing that this was going to be a character who was so obsessed with appearances that he was going to tell the reader in minute, numbing detail about everything he owns. Yuppie short for young urban professional or young, upwardlymobile professional is a term coined in the early 1980s for a young professional person working in a city. Patrick bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s manhattan.
The novelists function is to keep a running tag on the progress of culture. American psycho stands out to me, not only because of its quip attitude toward yuppie culture during the 1980s, an excellent timepiece for modern day writers to resource, but also because you can feel the character, the crazed loon, desperately trying to be normal even though he is anything but normal, till the end when he finally snaps and. Although this is a simple point, one of the great pleasures i find in this book is that i really dont know what to expect with each page. Request in american psycho, the other yuppies constantly refer to patrick bateman as a loser. As film adaptations of books go, the movie american psycho released in 2000 is fairly spoton. Armani, patrick bateman embodies the 1980s yuppie cultural environment. He is also a psychotic killer who rapes, murders and dismembers both strangers and acquaintances without provocation or purpose.
The story is told in the first person by patrick bateman, a serial killer and manhattan businessman. Why the politics of american psycho are shockingly relevant. In 1991, bret easton ellis satirical novel american psycho caused a minor. The blurring of history and fiction is a common sign of a post modern narrative and in american psycho there are many references given to the times of the american yuppie culture.
Book club contact meet the writers 20 years later, american psycho remains a relevant indictment of yuppie culture. Theres no specific plot or real formula that american psycho follows. In american psycho, ellis attains the rank of a master satirist, viciously skewering a culture that reduces life to power lunches, armani suits, personal hygiene, and video stores. Tony soprano, walter white from breaking bad, hannibal lecter who predates american psycho here are the most significant pop culture characters of. Twentyfive years after american psycho was published as a bloody lampoon. The psychology of the american psycho charlotte maguire. For a split second, patrick suggests a psychopathic yuppie jackson pollock wearing a werewolf grimace as he stands triumphantly over a freshly splattered canvas. American psycho is a novel by bret easton ellis, published in 1991. Bret easton ellis american psycho plunges the reader into a world of late 1980s yuppie ism.
I have just read a book that has all at once captivated, disgusted and intrigued me. As brilliantly as the movies visual style evokes a world spat out by a vanity fair art director, american psycho remains a onejoke satire of materialism and soullessness. Yuppie stands for young urban professional and was a common lifestyle of the young, rich and powerful in and around the 1980s. Based on the controversial novel, the film offers a sharp satire to the dark side of yuppie culture in the 80s.
Bret easton ellis 1991 book american psycho offered a rather. He is also a psychotic killer who rapes, murders and. Why the politics of american psycho are shockingly. Its an indictment of a society that values economic prosperity over any sort of.
He works on wall street, has a pretty girlfriend, and spends most of his life in trendy restaurants and clubs. American psycho offered a chilling look at 80s yuppie culture and cemented christian bales transition from child star to one of hollywoods greatest contemporary actors. In particular they wonder where the wall street yuppie and serial killer. I wasnt part of the yuppie culture of the america of the 80s. Ultimately, the film exists as a snapshot of a particular cultural. Ive been known to be both a picky reader and a finicky film critic, and even i think the movie version of bret easton ellis novel, published in 1991, is faithful to the text its based on. Ellis claims that he was not trying to take down yuppie culture when he sat down to write american psycho he claims that patrick bateman was born from his own darker impulses but thats the way it turned out. The novelists function is to keep a running tag on the progress of the culture. American psycho is bret easton elliss third novel, released in 1991. Patrick bateman christian bale is a wall street yuppie, obsessed with success, status and style, with a stunning fiancee reese witherspoon. If you want to read one of the funniest, darkest and most quotable books of the last few decades, read american psycho. Yuppie is a slang term denoting the market segment of young urban professionals. American psycho author bret easton ellis tells us where.762 271 1559 151 1361 162 627 154 1118 1561 237 1182 84 35 1520 1557 486 125 1070 841 470 1220 876 156 716 1389 66 1202 872 159 865 1085 522 1466 263 1468 1101 328 680 1336 1302