Author Birthday: Bret Easton Ellis

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Best known for American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis has a pretty extreme satirist view of the world. He loves linking novels with recurring characters and using over-the-top acts and opinions to make a point in his work.

Let’s celebrate his birthday by getting to know him a little better.

Early Life of Bret Easton Ellis

Born in L.A. to a property developer, and a homemaker. His parents divorced in 1982, when Ellis was 18. When questioned about this, later in life, Ellis would go on to explain that his father was abusive and that Patrick Bateman, the character from American Psycho, was based off of him. He later retracted the statement, saying Bateman wasn’t based on his father, but on his own pain.

Bret Easton Ellis’s Career

It was in Bennington College in Vermont where Ellis would kickstart his career at the young age of 21. He had been working on a novel for several years, titled Less Than Zero, and finally finished it. Upon publication, he achieved instant fame in 1985.

In 1991, upon the release of American Psycho, he was seen as a pariah for a time. It eventually became a cult hit, and a movie adaptation, which won him the favor of academics.

The following years thereafter was filled with setbacks as a screenwriter. The Informers (1994) was rejected at first, then adapted into a film once Nicholar Jarecki, another young screenwriter, approached him. Together, they co-wrote the script, handed it over to director Gregor Jordan, and then given horrible reviews upon its release in 2009.

About Imperial Bedrooms By Bret Easton Ellis

Imperial Bedrooms, the sequel to his debut novel was released in 2010. While he wanted to write for the adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, the job didn’t go to him. Instead, in 2012, he wrote The Canyons, released in 2013. It was critically loved, but a small financial success.

Current Works & Life of Bret Easton Ellis

Bret Easton Ellis can actively be found working on his podcast, where he interviews top writers, directors, actors and musicians. One of his most famous episodes featured director Quentin Tarantino.

When he isn’t working on that, he’s working on his next novel, Tranquil Reflections, possibly due out in 2017. He has stated, however, that he does not know if it will ever be published.

He is also working with producing partner, Braxton Pope, on something called Disappear Here. Ellis is screenwriting and directing this, but he has no idea if it will be a fil, or a web-series. He also has no idea when it will be completed.


Bret Easton Ellis is a prime example of L.A. debauchery, satire, and failure, all in one. Although he’s famous and bestselling, he has achieved greater success as an author, than as a screenwriter. With the exception of one major film, and one small financial success, his films have not done so well.

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