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Day XIII - A Fictional Book 
26th-Mar-2010 05:28 pm
Arya
So right now I'm ready Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk, but I think I'll write about Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis instead.

In case you don't know who this author is, his most famous novel is American Psycho.

I'm not as huge of a fan as Bret Easton Ellis as I am of other authors. I say that meaning Palahniuk, Irvine Welsh, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, etc. have all written at least one book that I'm in love with. I enjoyed reading Ellis' books, with Less Than Zero being one of the most depressing books I've ever read and American Psycho being the only book to make me almost lose my stomach contents, but I wasn't in love with any of them.

Then I read his newest novel, Lunar Park. I wasn't really sure what it was about in all honesty. Once I enjoy at least one book by an author I'll usually just try and read all of their work out of principle. The book opens up with a autobiography about Ellis' life, which pretty much agrees with all the bad reviews/press his books have received, as well as describing himself as a pretty horrible person.

The book itself is fictional, but what we can assume are the true autobiographical parts in the prolouge of the book, has a chilling recounting of writing American Psycho, his most controversial book, and probably one of the most controversial books ever written. He talks about how he wrote it initially to help with the demons of his father, but how he felt like he was possessed while writing the book, and it would not let him sleep at night unless he did a flurry of writing. Once the book was finally finished, he was able to sleep once again. (Eluding to being possessed by Patrick Bateman I'm assuming).

The book depicts Ellis as married, with a child of his on and step-children. He just got through rehab (for the 2nd, 3rd?, time) and was newly married. As the book progresses, depicting the absurdity of suburbia, he's confronted by monsters and demons of his past, which are slowly driving him insane, and later it starts to threaten his family's lives and not just his own. Its interesting to read his style, with a bit of a Stephen King horror twisted into it. I don't know, it was beyond what I was expecting and pretty damn chilling and creepy to read.

The unfortunate bit is if you haven't read, or at the very least seen the movies based on his books, you lose something in the translation.

But, man, now he's up there with Palahniuk, Irvine Welsh, Neil Gaiman, etc. for me.

Day 01 → Your favorite song
Day 02 → Your favorite movie
Day 03 → Your favorite television program
Day 04 → Your favorite book
Day 05 → Your favorite quote
Day 06 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 → A photo you took
Day 10 → A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Day 15 → A fanfic
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobby of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Comments 
27th-Mar-2010 09:51 am (UTC)
Oooh I've wanted to read Lunar Park for awhile--if only because I'm a huge fan of Porcupine Tree's Fear of a Blank Planet which is loosely based on the book. /nerd
27th-Mar-2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
Porcupine Tree's Fear of a Blank Planet?? I have never heard of this! Now investigating :D
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