Glamorama, Bret Easton Ellis, REVIEW

*** ½



Cover of "Glamorama"

Cover of Glamorama

Author: Bret Easton Ellis

 First Edition: 1998 Alfred E. Knopf

This edition: Viking Vintage Contemporary, 2000

Original language: English




“The author of American Psycho and Less Than Zero continues to shock and haunt us with his incisive and brilliant dissection of the modern world.  In his most ambitious and gripping book yet, Bglamorama bretret Easton Ellis takes our celebrity obsessed culture and increases the volume exponentially.

Victor Ward, a model with perfect abs who exists in magazines and gossip columns and whose life resembles an ultra-hip movie, is living with one beautiful model and having an affair with another.  And then it’s time to move on to the next stage.  But the future he gets is not the one he had in mind.”



“Sliding down the surface of things”



Meh… Good satirical period piece, it really captures the 90s in New York.  A little long-winded, far-fetched, too much sex and gore- kind of like the 90s in New York…  The name-dropping every two pages achieved the desired effect of making the reader extremely annoyed with Victor.  It is kind of a precursor to Facebook and other social networks that make people believe that other people actually care what song they are currently listening to, what they just ate, or what they just saw that is supercool (Laura likes this!)- I’m not saying that I don’t do it too- I’m just saying that Glamorama predicted it…



Cover of "Zoolander"

Cover of Zoolander

Is Derek Zoolander a copy of Victor Ward?

Even though I thought Victor was pretty goofy, I really didn’t see THAT much of a similarity.  I mean, how much of a range of personality did 90s male models have to begin with?  Anyway, Apparently BEE did see more than a similar take on a stereotype in Derek Zoolander, and reportedly took legal action.  When asked about the suit in a 2005 BBC interview, BEE stated that he was unable to discuss the case due to the terms of an out-of court settlement.

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