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I'm surprised by how...
Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)18:17 UTC+1 No.5341360 Report

I'm surprised by how little I enjoyed the book American Psycho compared to the movie. It almost seems like a worse version of Taipei, by which I mean that when you read Taipei you know that the entire point of the book is the drug use and parties but when you read American Psycho the drug use and parties feel like padding between what's supposed to be a story about a serial killer.

Simply put, I don't get Book Bateman. Movie Bateman is a blatant sociopath who doesn't seem to understand his own wealth, who desperately wants to be as happy as the media tells him he should be but can only go through the motions. He only talks about how rich he is when talking to other people, to impress them, but Book Bateman tells it to you, to the reader, to himself. Book Bateman is so attached to his material wealth that I can't believe he'd risk it by killing anyone. Book Bateman doesn't seem any different from anyone else around him, and if capitalism is what's made him start killing people (which reviewers seem to think is the theme of the book) then there's absolutely no reason Van Patten or Price or anyone else shouldn't be killing people too since they talk and think exactly like him.
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)18:19 UTC+1 No.5341370 Report

>>5341360
>who desperately wants to be as happy as the media tells him he should be
I didn't get that.
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Sallad 08/25/14(Mon)18:19 UTC+1 No.5341373 Report

>>5341360
>2014
>people on /lit/ has watched movies
YOU CAN NEVER READ TOO MUCH; OR TOO LITTLE LITERATURE
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)18:20 UTC+1 No.5341380 Report

>>5341373
>2014
>people shitposting on /lit/
YOU CAN NEVER READ TOO MUCH; OR TOO LITTLE LITERATURE
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)18:20 UTC+1 No.5341381 Report

>>5341360
is he Davis?
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Sallad 08/25/14(Mon)18:21 UTC+1 No.5341383 Report

>>5341380
How was that a shitpost?


This is about literature, not a tv forum.
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)18:32 UTC+1 No.5341419 Report

>Book Bateman doesn't seem any different from anyone else around him, and if capitalism is what's made him start killing people (which reviewers seem to think is the theme of the book) then there's absolutely no reason Van Patten or Price or anyone else shouldn't be killing people too since they talk and think exactly like him.

That's the point. Any of them could be mass murderers, but due to their homogeneous and luxuriant culture there's no way of knowing.
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)18:36 UTC+1 No.5341432 Report

>>5341360
Congratulations, you just found out that adaptions can be better than their source material.

The book should be renamed "Butthurt" because that is all BEE felt while writing it. Any introspective commentary on capitalism or social standing is completely read-in.

Maybe it is a scarier thought (as opposed to some Wallstreet suit going around killing people) that so many people wish for him to share their political opinions while doing said killing.
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)18:42 UTC+1 No.5341454 Report

>>5341432

Well put. I don't think I understood the book entirely, but I enjoyed it. People look for too much social criticism of the sorts we're accustomed to from politics, and miss subtler critique.
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)19:03 UTC+1 No.5341526 Report

>>5341360
Bateman crosses the line, his friends don't. He is weaker than them and is more affected by his hollow lifestyle. He realizes that his secretary is the most beautiful girl he has known because she is still pure.

And he doesn't kill anyone, it is all in his head, have you even read the book, or even watched the movie? He risks nothing.
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)19:05 UTC+1 No.5341530 Report

>>5341526
>, Bret Easton Ellis has pointed out that if none of the murders actually happened, the entire point of the novel would be rendered moot. As with the practical theories regarding the Carnes conversation, the outbursts and the empty apartment, interpreting the murders as real is part of the film's social satire. Ellis has stated that the novel was intended to satirize the shallow, impersonal mindset of yuppie America in the late 1980s, and part of this critique is that even when a cold blooded serial killer confesses, no one cares, no one listens and no one believes. The fact that Bateman is never caught and that no one believes his confession just reinforces the shallowness, self-absorption, and lack of morality that they all have.
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)19:11 UTC+1 No.5341554 Report

>>5341530
Shut up, Author. You are dead.
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