The Book That Changed My Life: American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Bangs and a Bun (or Muireann Carey-Campbell to her loved ones) is a London-based blogger extraordinare, public speaker, brand consultant, successful marathon-runner, Wendi B Writes’ blog idol and all-round cool chick who has built up an impressive following through hard work and her hilarious Twitter feed.

How did you come across the book?

My brother had read it and told me about it, so I read it on his recommendation, when I was about 17.

Give us a brief synopsis.

Basically it’s about a high-powered businessman called Patrick Bateman.  Bateman also happens to be a serial killer, whose victims are almost exclusively women, and the way in which he kills them is particularly horrific and told in rather graphic detail.  It’s written in the first person too, which makes it all the more chilling.  You really feel as though you’re inside this guy’s head.

How did it affect you or change your life?

It’s the first book I read that actually had a real physical and emotional effect on me.  I remember having to stop reading a couple times for fear I would throw up (I’m not making this sound particularly great I know!).  When I wasn’t reading the book, I was constantly thinking about it.  It has stuck with me for years, and I’ve re-read it a couple of times.  As I’d always wanted to be a writer, I studied that book and the way it made me feel, because no other book had had that effect on me.  Bret Easton Ellis created such an epic character and told the story in such a hauntingly brilliant way, I just wish I could write half as well as him.

Describe the book in five words.

Chilling, horrifying, funny (believe it or not!), stylish, clever.

Have you recommended it to others?

All the time! For me it’s one of the classic American novels.  It’s not for everyone. I’m a fan of quite dark literature, and this is that genre at its very best.

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