Personally, I love to read but unfortunately I rarely have time to pick up any books these days. I still have Survivor by Palahniuk still sitting on my shelf where it has been for like a year. When I used to work at my old job, I used to bring books with me to work and during breaks I would catch a few pages here and there - and sometimes when we ran out of work, I could have like two hours of reading time before we had more lumber to stack (worked at a saw mill). These days though, just not enough hours in the day. So, a while back I picked up my second Bret Easton Ellis book, American Psycho and am just now getting around to reading through it and am enjoying it immensly. My first book from him, Less Than Zero, was a little more difficult to enjoy. Truthfully, Less Than Zero left me depressed for like a week after originally reading it Looking back, I’ve grown to truly respect and admire it for that but at the time the lack of ANY character development and no full circle revelation into the hidden depths of these shallow characters just sent shockwaves through my system. It was a horrifying tale of debauchery that never presented any moral tale; and you just don’t go into stories expecting that.
American Psycho seems to be heading into a similar direction, but I find the comparison between this shallow man with deep and horrifying obsessions and his fellow coworkers who are just as shallow but don’t even had a hidden dark side to fall back on - quite interesting. Patrick Bateman is a character who is admittedly shallow and is devoid of all feelings, but unlike his fellow coworkers he can move between the crowds and put names with faces - actually recognize people and is able to make mental notes about his surroundings. He’s like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Oh well, what does everyone else think? Any fans?