American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis Review

So, I’m not going to lie…I’ve been debating whether or not I’m going to review this book, and have (well, obviously) decided that I’m going to. I don’t intend on being overly critical because that’s what I feel people want me to be or overly generous because I’m not going to lie, I did not enjoy 1/2 of this book. Why did I decide to read it? Simply because I wanted to read it before a) watching the movie and b) because it was such an overly discussed and judged book I wanted to read it myself and judge it accordingly. Someone once told me that in order to be able to criticise and have an opinion on a certain object or thing, I must allow myself to first be exposed to it and then I have the right to make my own judgement on it.

So I have and I will.

If you are into thrillers, horror, mystery or psychologically inciting books then give it a go, I’m not fully recommending it to you as someone who enjoyed it but as someone who thinks it would be something you’d be interested in it. Here is a blurb to see as to whether this book is really your cup of tea:

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated, intelligent. He works by day on Wall Street earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. His nights he spends in ways we cannot begin to fathom. He is twenty-six years old and living his own American Dream.

If you haven’t read it and yet still want to spoil the whole thing for yourself, carry on reading, but if you don’t, go out, and check it out for yourself before reading further.

Review:

American Psycho, now where to begin. I personally had been reading this book really slowly because being the uni student I am, I am always running around doing assignments and class reading and don’t have as much time to read as I’d like. So after having spent a week reading a few pages every other night I finally sat down one night and dedicated more than an hour to read. That was one mistake I must first press upon. Do not, read American Psycho during the night time, especially if you’re like myself and have an overly working mind. The beginning of the book was extremely enjoyable to me and I still have no idea why. The writing was light and carefree, there were no heavy plots of subplots that I needed to stress about and I continued on in my merry way until I hit a quarter of the way in and it took a turn for the more terrifying route.

I mean okay, I had information before hand, I knew this book was based on the mind of a psychopath so I guess I knew what I was to expect but never did I think these scenes that were included in this book were going to be as violent as they were. I have to admit I can’t fully analyse them as I couldn’t stomach reading a lot of it and had to skim through quite a few.

My main problem was, I enjoyed other characters in the story such as Evelyn, McDermott, Timothy Price and even Luis and Courtney. All these characters were people that were stuck inside this world that Bret Easton Ellis was attempting to portray based upon ‘today’s world’. A lot of reviews I’ve read have stated this book has ‘affected them to a point in which it means it must have been a good book.’ Yes, I agree, I’ve definitely been affected, but that’s not to say that I still feel it is a good book. The writing was consistent as was the first person narration and the character of Bateman stayed throughout the novel and yet every time there was a sense of some comfortableness with him he switched.

Another comment which was another thing brought up in reviews was that, he tended to target women. This was another thing I noticed and yet I still did see the male coworker, boy and animals that were affected so I’m not sure how much I support these arguments.

Basically, this book left me really considering a lot of things in life and not really in the sense that I wanted it to. Bateman, obviously was not a favourable character 3/4 of the time and yet I guess that could mean Bret Easton Ellis did exactly the job he set out to do, to expose these though-processes and ideas into our minds as well. It was well-written, I give it that, and some people have interest in reading books in this genre style, I just happen to not be one of them.

Language/Style: 7 points
Originality: 7 points
Characters: 5 points
Plot: 6 points

Giving this book a total of 25/40 points.

I don’t really have a finishing comment to say on this post. I just have this blog to record my opinions on the books that I read both for myself and for you guys that read them as well. If you have an opinion on this book that you want to say or discuss write it down below:)

Favourite Part: All it comes down to is this: I feel like shit but look great.

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