Bret Easton Ellis is the author of several celebrated books, including American Psycho (subsequently adapted into the 2000 film bearing the same title), Less Than Zero (the 1987 film starring Robert Downey Jr. was loosely based on this novel), Imperial Bedrooms, and The Rules of Attraction. In the 1980s, Ellis was a member of the revered “Brat Pack,” comprising of several young American authors deemed the new faces of literature. In a 2016 interview with The New York Times, Ellis discussed his ten favorite books, which you can find below. This post also includes a comprehensive list of novels Ellis has referenced in numerous social media posts as personal favorites.
UPDATE: In an October 25, 2018 Instagram post, Ellis revealed his next book, White, is scheduled for publication in April 2019. We also examined the favorite films of Ellis: Bret Easton Ellis – Favorite Films
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Ellis has remarked in several interviews that Didion is his favorite author.
In a September 20, 2018 Instagram post, Ellis stated that Cline’s The Girls was “one of the better novels I’ve read recently.”
With respect to The Bogarde Letters, Ellis stated it is “one of the most sheerly pleasurable books I’ve come across. So addictive that hours get lost and I find myself late to everything. Highly highly recommended.” (via Instagram post).
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