NOTE: To illustrate the post, I’m using images from the film adaptations of Bret Easton Ellis’ novels. These often stray far from the source material and are used here only as a visual reference.
7. Here’s something fun: Clay has a note on his door saying “Rest in Peace Called.”
“Rest in Peace” is a misunderstanding of Rip, his dealer from Less Than Zero.
8. Next is American Psycho, in which Patrick Bateman is revealed to be a serial killer.
Or is he?
9. Patrick meets up with his brother Sean and also runs into Paul Denton and Victor Johnson. All three are characters from The Rules of Attraction.
And they all attended Camden, where Vanden, a minor character in American Psycho, goes. Vanden was mentioned but not seen in Less Than Zero and The Rules of Attraction.
11. Now things get even more complicated. One of Patrick’s victims is a woman named Allison Poole, who is a character from Jay McInerney’s novel Story of My Life.
Jay McInerney and Bret Easton Ellis were both considered part of the literary “Brat Pack” of the ’80s. McInerney dated Rielle Hunter — yes, the woman who had an illegitimate child with John Edwards — and he based the character of Allison Poole on her in Story of My Life. And then Ellis killed her off in American Psycho.
14. And one chapter of The Informers is comprised of letters to Sean Bateman from The Rules of Attraction.
He has a lot of fans.
18. Ellis published Lunar Park in 2005. The main character is — wait for it — Bret Easton Ellis.
Hey, he’s the guy who wrote all these novels!
19. Someone is committing murders in the style of Patrick Bateman from American Psycho. Detective Donald Kimball investigates.
In the novel, Bret has a hard time distinguishing reality from fiction. At first, he doesn’t even realize that Detective Donald Kimball, who is investigating him in “real life,” is a character he created in American Psycho.
20. Bret also hangs out with Jay McInerney, lives next door to Mitchell Allen, and once dated Blair.
McInerney is, of course, a real-life writer, who created the character of Allison Poole that reappears in Ellis’ books. Mitchell and Blair are from The Rules of Attraction and Less Than Zero, respectively. In the narration, Bret even mentions that Mitchell dated Paul Denton.
21. Ellis’ most recent novel, Imperial Bedrooms, is a sequel to Less Than Zero. Once again, the protagonist is Clay.
And now we’ve come full circle! (One minor complication: The Clay in Imperial Bedrooms isn’t the same as the Clay in Less Than Zero, who was apparently a fictionalized version of the real Clay, as depicted by a writer friend of Clay’s. It’s confusing. I know.)
24. Did you get all that?
Just go back and reread all of Ellis’ novels and this post. Shouldn’t be too hard to keep track of everything.