Sometimes inspiration is nowhere to be found and the idea of a challenge is just not appealing.
You might still want to think, but maybe not feel…not care…
Meet Bret Easton Ellis.
Easily my favorite author, he deals with a far too familiar voice in the depths of depravity, insolence, excess, addiction and downright immorality. How he writes it so well makes one wonder.
Part of the beauty in his work is the ability to show us how simply rotten life can be, how it goes on beyond each of his stories he presents and is ultimately the main character in every book.
The world is not always a pretty place, and he doesn’t shy away from that idea. However, it isn’t always ugly, but to truly understand and appreciate this he feels that you must acknowledge the other side.
Like everyday life, if you actually sit back and survey the situation the common threads he plays with of what is “good” and what decides ”worth” you can find humanity and positivity behind even his most repulsive characters.
To understand Jean and the relationship she shares with Bateman that differs from just about everyone else she meets is to be able to recognize purity and positivity.
Jean is a glimmering hope that Easton Ellis writes so well. There is good in the world. She is the least shallow person the Bateman character has ever encountered, hope exists.
When you’re done with his work you’re not really done. Typically, like any good piece of work, you’re left changed in some way or another.
Introspection occurs and you find yourself either worse off than you were going in, or maybe you find many more redeeming things about yourself that you just hadn’t looked towards before.
…or maybe, to you, his work is just literature…