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I like to read, as mentioned previously. You can get
some interesting and unique experiences from books. Sometimes, however, I find
a book that's too unique. The results
can be fascinating and repulsive and horrifying all at once. This happened with
the most recent book I read. The book is crazy. Not weird, but frothing-at-the-mouth-with-rabid-satire
I'm talking about American
Adequately describing everything about this book that
scares me would take a much longer blog than this one. American Psycho is a terrifying fever dream of hedonism,
debauchery, and madness. "Messed up" does not even approach the level of
adequacy for describing this book.
The story is about a guy named Patrick Bateman. He's an
impressive guy. Bateman is a wealthy Wall Street trader, good with the ladies,
physically perfect, well-liked and has everything he could ever want. There is
literally nothing difficult in his life. Patrick Bateman has it all.
However, he's also wasteful, a slave to consumerism,
misogynistic (hates women), vain, without real friends and the worst human
being imaginable. His life is empty. He bounces from one meaningless purchase
to another. The guy is so caught up in "living the life" that he forgot to make
a life worth living.
Does that make sense? Patrick Bateman's life is so good
that he has become desensitized to happiness.
Bateman has money and possessions and women, but it means
nothing to him. He's constantly bored. His stuff is useless. There is one thing
that entertains him, though, one thing that still gives a kick. Killing people.
I'll spare you the descriptions of his kills. American Psycho contains violence on a
level I never even imagined. Seriously. Dead Space, Gears of War, 100 Bullets, Kill Bill, Sin City...
these can't even hold a candle to American
Psycho in terms of gore.
The worst part is
that Patrick Bateman kills people for the sheer hell of it. It entertains him. Watching others
suffer and die in agony is fun. He is so rich and so bored of his life that the
only thing that still gives him a buzz is killing.
The violence is scary enough by itself, but Patrick
Bateman is even more terrifying because he is so plausible. I've felt that same
sense of boredom before, the overwhelming urge to do something even when you
have possessions. We've all felt it.
Bateman won. He got everything. And yet... it's not enough.
He hates his possession but tries to milk happiness from them with an obsessive
desperation. Despite having everything, Patrick Bateman is miserable.
That's messed up. Makes you wonder what would happen to
us if we got to live as well as Bateman.
is a book like no other. The anti-consumerist message is interesting, but many
people will be unable to stomach the gore. I cannot emphasize enough how
violent this book is. Read it if you dare.
Also, there's apparently an American Psycho movie with Christian Bale. Has anyone here seen it?
I haven't. Have you all read the book? If so, what do you think? If not, would
you read this?
I've been interested in the movie for awhile, but didn't realize it was a book. (Don't think I cared enough to look) But... This is really interesting me. And not in a good way.
It was a very gory book, I cringed at some of the depictions, and they certainly watered it down a bit for the movie, but it was a damn amazing movie that I think went about it well.
I thought the movie was pretty good, something that will on in my memory as a film that I'm glad to have seen. Never read the book though.
So this is the equivalent of completing Demon's Souls with a modified "nightmare" difficulty for books.
Been wanting to give this book a read for a while. Since I couldn't find a copy at the library, I picked up another one of his books, Less Than Zero. Reading that was pretty disturbing in its own way and it gives me confidence that what you are saying is true and I will have to read this soon.
I saw the movie, never read the book. After hearing about some of the stuff in the latter from TV Tropes, I don't think I want to.
It's certainly disturbing. Christian Bale is good in it. The lack of resolution is a little dissatisfying, though. It's kind of prophetic that the character he plays is named Bateman, isn't it?
What's really scary is that the author claims to have based Bateman off of his own father. Interpret that however you will.
I love this book. I mostly just thought it was very funny. The whole thing, as well as the movie, is just satire. Playing on the 80s wall street yuppie and the consumer culture that he goes along with. It's definitely in my top 3 favorite books.
Books are dangerous. The trouble with a book is that you never know what's in it until it's too late. American Psycho is that kind of a book. Bateman is a sick man, really sick. "I have all the characteristics of a human being: flesh, blood, skin, hair … but not a single, clear, identifiable emotion, except for greed and disgust.” That pretty much says it all, I think. But in the end, nothing of the horror in the book really happened outside Batemans mind. It was just in his head, and in the readers...
A friend of mine told about the horrors of the book and sounded exactly what you are saying. I have seen the movie before I won't lie: I get some really sick thrills from that movie. Patrick Bateman is a monster and evil man, but I'd be lying if I didn't say he's funny as hell.