Comments: 5
Supernatural Ministry 5 years ago
if someone chooses to comment on this amazing spoiler, I think they were given several paths to take.

for one thing—based on what I'm gathering from this extensive report—the story seems to exploit human nature to the point that it becomes a horrific crying shame, without being a formulaic horror novel.

also, most of us tend to blame others for the causes of our problems, which is human nature at its best. so it seemed interesting how you came to the conclusion that the people around the main character did seem to play roles in his breakdown. because I get the impression that the book's main character does blame anyone for his breakdown. instead, he seems to simply takes out revenge on them.

this is just a whim, but what if he did choose to blame others? would that have psychologically displaced his bent for destroying their lives?

but still, it does seem that the social environment and its pawns became a sort of chemical abuse that led to the protagonist's 'self' destruction. because it sounds as if the more he got involved with it—and tried to perfect it—the worse he became. kind of like striving for the perfect buzz, but then drinking until literally becoming green in the face.
Supernatural Ministry 5 years ago
guess what I'm also saying is: he could pull off the business world, but maybe he was better off a humble street vendor. I dunno, maybe even a tube busker with a banjo. because it seems as if, the closer you get to the top—solely by means of human nature—the worse it gets. there must be a better way.
I don't think Bateman blames the people around him for his murders, but I think Ellis is trying to point out that yuppies of the '90s were too self-absorbed to recognize the danger and the warning signs that Bateman was giving. Bateman murders because he can, because there's no one in his world that actually cares about prostitutes or homeless people, because there's no one who will take the time out of focusing on their own lives to realize that there's a murderer in the room and that murderer is pretty obvious about it. Bateman doesn't play a role in his breakdown because Ellis isn't trying to make Bateman that kind of character. Bateman's role in the novel is to be a window into the "high society" of New York socialites and affluent businessmen, and then to show the devastating effects that living up to these standards and scrutinies does to the psyche.

Bateman didn't want to destroy the lives of the people he socialized with; he wanted to BE them. But he can't be them, can't have their lives or the ease with which they live them, so he takes his frustration out on prostitutes and homeless people, the kinds of people that those in his class position don't care about, the kinds of people who are impressed with his affluence. The regular people that Bateman hangs around with aren't always impressed by him because there will always be other people with better business cards, better apartments, better tans, so he searches for people who can recognize how much better he is than them and then dominates them in the worst way possible.

To me, Ellis is mostly making a social commentary on '90s businessmen through Bateman's character and the interactions he has. It seems like Ellis is pointing out that the richer you are and the more powerful you are, the more of a horrible person you are, especially in the society in which Bateman lives. Psychopaths like Bateman can make it to the top because they are psychopaths. Maybe Bateman would have been better off a street vendor or a busker and he might not have murdered anyone, but that's not what he was born into and that's not what he chose. He wouldn't have wanted to be either of those things anyway because his character wouldn't be able to handle the lack of recognition from upper class people.

I actually didn't read this book around the time I posted this review on here, but a few months ago so my memory might not be as fresh. I apologize for that and for this long comment!
Supernatural Ministry 5 years ago
don't apologize, that was smashing! (in a good way)
Thanks! I really appreciated talking about it with you. :)