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American Psycho

American Psycho

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With an introduction by Irvine Welsh, Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho is one of the most controversial and talked-about novels of all time. Then again, I was repulsed by the gory, visceral ugliness of its violence and misogyny and offended in large part by the poor quality of its writing and construction, which I suspect Ellis would find considerably less flattering. Probably much more than a Black woman gets”, he said in response to the claim that bigoted trolls are barred from platforms when they target marginalised groups like Black women. And yet, even after almost 36 hours have ticked by, the only word that keeps bubbling up to the surface of my consciousness is.

As described by the critic Jennifer Krause in her intertextual analysis of the novel, which relies on the work of postmodern theorist Fredric Jameson, Jameson "blames the schizophrenic's ills on the incoherence of postmodern media and capitalistic consumption". The suit gives off an impression that he’s a businessman, and the well themed colours tell us of his style. One of the great puzzles at the heart of American Psycho is that Bateman frequently shares his murder fantasies with people around him. One supposes that the last freethinking men of ancient Sumer, lamenting that cuneiform had ruined their political discourse, must have longed for the good old days of throwing rocks at each other’s heads.The lines blur so extensively that it’s possible to assume — and some have — that none of it is real, that it’s all a pornographic, violent power fantasy from a man who may not be a mass murderer or may not exist at all as anything other than a yuppie boogeyman, the worst of the worst.

American Psycho doesn’t really break through the tedium until Bateman’s mask of sanity begins to slip. American Psycho premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival where it was touted as the next Fight Club. Bateman is less a man than a malevolent spirit defined by the labels on his designer clothes, his perfect body and face, the impossibly expensive, exclusive restaurants he frequents, and the soulless, glistening mainstream pop he not only champions but critiques, or rather extols, in three separate manifestos on three of his favorite artists: Whitney Houston, Genesis, and Huey Lewis and The News.

This, combined with sex, violence, drugs, and other desires of the id, is how Bateman enacts his sociopathic violence in a superficial world. we need to follow a traditional model of literature which presents the good contrasted against the bad (i.



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