Bret Easton Ellis’ books have had mixed results when transferred to the world of cinema. The Informers, for example was a very forgettable film. And while I haven’t seen Lunar Park yet, according to most accounts it’s quite terrible. But you also have American Psycho, by far the most well-known of the lot. It’s a fine film with a star-making turn by Christian Bale in the lead, even if it pales in comparison to the brilliant novel. The real gem of Ellis adaptations is 2002’s The Rules of Attraction, however. Directed by Roger Avary, it takes great liberties with the novel’s tone and turns it into something superficially (that’s the keyword right there) resembling a normal college comedy, only much darker and scathing. It’s a highly enjoyable film, and one I’d urge anyone to check out. Underseen and underrated.
It’s also Ellis’ own favorite among the adaptations of his books, which is the reason why Roger Avary was originally set to direct the movie version of another Ellis novel called Glamorama. Sadly, this never materialized. It’s a shame, because it’s right up there with American Psycho as my favorite Ellis novel. A nasty but funny satire of the celebrity-obsession that was culture in the 1990s (and onwards), it follows male model Victor as he tries to get by in his career and personal life. The story eventually turns into something different and quite surreal, the details of which I shouldn’t spoil here. Glamorama is among the sharpest writing Ellis has produced, and I’d bet anything that Avary would have been able to turn it into something special as a movie. Ellis himself seems pessimistic about it ever being made. I hope he’s wrong.
Obviously there’s no videos to post of an unmade movie, so have a Rules of Attraction clip instead. At least it’ll let me include the lovely Shannyn Sossamon somehow in this 50 Day Movie Challenge.