and why they're wrong
Attacks on the Book
Prior to publsihing Bret Easton Ellis recieved death threats and hatemail. Many books stores will only sell the books in shrink wrap. Also, some bookstores will not sell the book to anyone under the age of 18. Ellis has commented on this saying it was "cute" and adorable.
The Biggest Enemy
The book's biggest enemy are femenists. Femenist have threatened obscenity lawsuits and boycotts. Many have referred to the book as a"how- to guide to the murder and dismemberment of women." One extremist even poured blood on the books in a store.
Will it be forgotten?
Despite infamy, Gavin Smith, writer and editor of Film comment, said "it's not that good of a book" and "in fifty years time, people won't be talking about it...as work of literature." However, he does say the book "serves as good artifact of the time." Given this statement, students should be allowed to read the book before it's forgotten.
The Biggest Problem
"The sad thing about this book is that many people pass judgement without reading the book," says publisher Morgan Entrekin. Many critics have said people misread the book. It may be violent, but acoording to Mary Harron, director of the film version "[Ellis] isn't saying these things are good; he's saying these things are bad." Atress in the film version, Samantha Mathis, said that "even though it contains horrible things being done to women, it's the men that come out looking absolutely ridiculous." Despite protagonist/ anti hero Patrick Batemen's self- obsessions he isn't an idol. When fans of both the book and the mvie compared themselves to Patrick Bateman, co- write of the screenplay, Guinevere Turner said "are you saynig you're a serial killer or are you saying you're a dork?" The bottom line: it's not as awful as people are making it out to be.