I’ve thought a great deal about just how to describe the thrill of my happenings Tuesday night.

I legitimately cannot find the words, and was too shaken and rattled TO TWEET. YEA.



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Most people know Sir Ellis (as he SHALL HENCEFORTH be referred) as the author of classics such as Less Than Zero and The Rules of Attraction.

Sir Ellis is making the rounds for his latest work, Imperial Bedrooms, which was placed on shelves June 15th. Click here for more about his recent piece, which is the “continuation” of Less Than Zero. Click here for more about the glory that is Bret Easton Ellis, and all about his fabulosity and epicness. CAUSE HE TWEETS TOO.

American Psycho ROCKED MY LIFE. I read it this past spring and tired everyone I came across with elaborate exclamations of its epicness.

During the Q&A, Sir Ellis said that he started out writing the book to make a “sweeping indictment of Wall Street,” and he “spent a lot of time with these Wall Street guys,” but the book “devolved into something else”. The “book started from [his] feeling incredibly lonely, alienated and isolated… entering the world of adulthood and [his] being very disappointed about being an adult…worshiping things [he] thought were bullshit.” It came from “feelings [Sir Ellis] had about slipping into that lifestyle–the attraction of yuppie culture–materialism, really, and conformity about ‘I need to do these things to become an adult.'” He addresses how controversial the book was and how he didn’t think it was controversial (I AGREEEEEEE) and how frowned upon and misunderstood it was, and that he never really spoke about the novel. He says, “but its odd, and I feel that this book has become accepted enough” for him to address things that he initially tried to diffuse and felt so “uncomfortable talking about.”

Knowing that Sir Ellis spent most of his career snorting cocaine off of models in New York and LA, I was assuming his reading and signing to be mostly him, wearing Ray Bans, while I bowed at his feet begging to breathe the same air.

thank you, nymag article, for the pic

WELL. Turns out Andrew McCarthy, who starred in the film “adaptation” (novel and film had few similarities) of Less Than Zero, made a surprise appearance to moderate the chat, Q&A, and leave before the signing. I know and love him not from the Brat Pack, not from Pretty in Pink, but OBVI from his wonderful work as Victory Ford’s love in NBC’s LIPSTICK JUNGLE! Which was canceled all too soon and tragically for me to cope with, and seeing as I am far from within the age demographic targeted, I was not among the furious women who sent NBC execs tubes of lipstick in protest of the show’s cancellation.

*Note that Kim Raver, a star of Lipstick Jungle, and Bonnie Hammer, NBC top dog, ARE BOTH BU ALUMS*

Well, sitting in the fourth row in the Barnes & Noble, gazing longingly at one of few favorite authors of mine WHO STILL LIVES (I mourn for Oscar Wilde), I swore I recognized this lanky blonde in Manolos. Trying to place the face, I was very proud when I recognized THE AUTHOR OF LIPSTICK JUNGLE, THE AUTHOR OF SEX AND THE CITY, THE CREATOR OF THE CHARACTER CARRIE BRADSHAW: CANDACE BUSHNELL. The woman single-handedly transformed every female of my generation with that character, no question.

Naturally, after the Q&A, when the book signing began, I shook until Greg finally pushed me to GET THE FOLLOWING…

and then Sir Ellis was AMAZING and so great in taking every single question, and signing every single book, and so obviously the adult that his young 20-year-old partying self wouldn’t expect! He signed all of the books I dragged for him and personalized them according to my wackjob demands, and HE WAS GLORIOUS AND SO KIND AND I LOVE HIM, and though I could never do the experience blogging justice, KNOW THAT BRET EASTON ELLIS WAS CHARMING AND BRILLIANT AND GENIUS.

end. love.


Interview magazine had more EPIC quotes from Sir Ellis, including some faves:

On the movie adaptation of Less Than Zero: I was 22, I really wasn’t paying attention. I knew a couple girls who had slept with the director and that’s the only thing I knew about the movie. I had no idea what was going on on-set. I had two friends of mine that had slept with Marek Kanievska. I was like really? You did? But I was lost in my own world, going to parties, I really wasn’t that interested. Before it came out I got a call from Marek and his assistant said, “Marek wants to meet you for a drink because he knows Fox is showing you the movie tonight.” I said okay. Sure. I’m gonna meet Marek and go to another party or something. He asked to meet at Nell’s at like five in the afternoon, which is not a good sign. So I walked in to Nell’s at five in the afternoon and there’s Marek, really, really drunk. He’s the only person in the place, slumped over the bar.

McCarthy interjects: You should have seen him on the set.

Ellis continues: Well, that might have been why when I stood over the table and he looked up at me, he said, “I’m so sorry. So sorry.” I said, “What are you sorry about, dude?” He said, “No, the movie didn’t work out, I just want you to be prepared when you see it later tonight.” And I said, “Oh. Oh.” I remember [the orignal] script opening with a bunch of parachuters dressed like Santa Claus’ jumping out of a plane and parachuting into L.A. That gave me pause. But it was more faithful to the book than the ultimate screenplay that was used. ”


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38 responses to “BRET. EASTON. ELLIS.

  1. nice read, liked it very much

  2. Bret Easton Ellis rocks!

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  7. American Psycho was a FANTASTIC book, but I was very disappointed by the movie… then again a lot had to be toned down to keep it merely an ‘R’ movie I guess

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  13. How exciting! American Psycho is one of my all-time favorite books and films.

    Despite how nervous or somersault-happy you were in your mind, I bet you kept your cool…and looked very pretty while doing it.

  14. SO Jealous! I always loved American Psycho, and thought it was a misunderstood book!


  15. rather jealous ! bought imperial bedrooms and i cannot wait to get through it 😀

  16. Just wondering, what is it that you really love about the book? I havent really met anyone that loves it, just curious.

    I really liked the ideas in it, and I found it really funny in some parts, but unfortunately my stomach is too weak for the gore.

  17. Oh your description has inspired me. Im going to go out and buy a copy of American Psycho as soon as I can! I’m an avid book reader, and please continue sharing!

  18. I envy yoooou.
    What do you think of the film adaptation of American Psycho?
    I enjoyed it, but obviously, found it tame when compared to the graphic detail and complexity presented in the novel. But then making such a graphic film probably would have taken the audience’s attention away from actual meaning of the tale.

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  20. Thanks for the post! Got into Ellis after becoming obsessed with the American Psycho film in college in NYC. First book I read thereafter was Less Than Zero (best thing, in my mind, since Hemingway or Fitzgerald). Though I’ve read and like all his work since, I haven’t loved it. Hoping this new book has the magic of his early stuff! Thanks again.

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  23. I’m a HUGE fan of his too

  24. I met him too. He was here in LA last week.
    I also reviewed Imperial Bedrooms.
    Love love love him :).

  25. Mr. Ellis is on my to read list. Thank you for sharing!

  26. Loved you post! I am jealous… Andrew McCarthy! (and Candace Bushell… how about scoring a hat trick on your trip to Barns and Noble..) and of course Brett Easton…. I loved Less than Zero- and I loved the movie as well. I definitely want to read Imperial Bedrooms…

  27. Hi Valentina!
    Your post about Bret Easton Ellis came up when I went onto WordPress recently and I saw your name and knew I recognized you! I don’t know if you remember, but we met in high school – I went to Warwick and our drama club came to see Cornwall’s shows! I love your blog, and I’m super jealous Mr. Ellis!
    Keep it up!
    Valentina 🙂

  28. skinneejay

    You’re so lucky you met Mr. Ellis. I love his novels. They seem to be an attack on hedonistic and nihilistic societies – the kind that indulges in drugs, sexuality, materialism without any sense of morality. I’m glad somebody wrote about these subjects. Can’t wait to read “Imperial Bedrooms”. I love LTZ.

  29. yes! maybe the most epic day of all time! you win! also i may be the absolute most jealous person ever.

  30. This seemed like a sign, my copy of American Psycho arrived yesterday and I have started to read it. It’s part of the reading list for my Gothic module at Uni and I have high expectations for this novel! You’ve increased the anticipation here, well done to you for meeting him 🙂

  31. michaiahvosberg

    I was talking with a close friend and owner of Everday Joe’s in little old Ft. Collins, CO, and we were discussing authors. I mentioned that when it comes to emulating tones and writing styles, I sometimes write in the style of Chuck Palahniuk.
    My friend has a slightly more professional career in the writing business, penning articles for music magazines like Paste. He mentioned that when he finds himself writing in a style not his own, it tends to be that of Bret Easton Ellis (or Sir Ellis, as you pointed out).
    Since then I have scoured the libraries and book stores looking for his fiction. I knew of course that he wrote American Psycho, but I came across a few other surprises, like Rules of Attraction, and Glamorama, which was the loose inspiration for Zoolander.
    It seems that the best authors out there are the ones that refuse to cater to the mass population. There are famous novelists out there that have their cult following, but it’s not a household name. I have yet to read a Harry Potter book, but I still know who JK Rowling is.
    Sir Ellis is not a household name, nor should he be, if it’s at the cost of lowering himself to the watered down tripe of pop culture.
    It’s nice to see outspoken fans of those that actually have literary prowess.

  32. I’m going to subscribe to your blog… not because you’re hot- because you are.

    Not because you’re hot and you have excellent taste in authors- because you are and you do and it’s rare to find such hotness and such good taste in a delicious brunette flavor such as yourself.

    But because you have the enthusiasm of fandom I do not.

    And by subscribing to your blog you will be able to tell me about things in places I would have been myself if not for my jaded above it all attitude I think prepares me to be B.E.E. one day- rather than flocking to him in adoration the way I did to Chuck Palahniuck once (how embarrassing.)

    You make it look good though- so thank you for being there, blogging about it, being so cute and having that good taste! Great pics!

    Keep it up! Keep listening to your friend too- great great pics!


  33. I can’t believe I missed it D: I am such a big fan of his work. American Psycho was an absolute existential marvel (although it was more disturbing to me than Stephen King’s work). Lucky you!!! I hope he comes back to NYC soon.

  34. American Psycho was disgusting.
    fascinating at times, but mostly disgusting.

  35. I’m so happy for you! Bret Easton Ellis is one of my few favorite authors too! =)

  36. Allison Huyett

    One heart or two? Maybe five for you. lol

  37. I’m a big fan as well — very exciting!

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