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review 2018-10-30 09:40
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American Psycho - Harald Hellmann,Clara Drechsler,Bret Easton Ellis

„American Psycho“ von Bret Easton Ellis ist einer der weltweit umstrittensten Romane aller Zeiten. In Deutschland erschien das Buch 1991, 1995 setzte es die Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien auf den Index. Über 5 Jahre war es nicht frei erhältlich, bis der Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch (KiWi) vor dem Oberverwaltungsgericht gegen die Indizierung klagte und gewann. In Australien und Neuseeland müssen Käufer_innen bis heute mindestens 18 Jahre alt sein. Ellis erhielt Morddrohungen, wurde massiv angefeindet und musste sich Misogynie und Sadismus unterstellen lassen. 27 Jahre später ist die Aufregung abgeebbt und „American Psycho“ hat seinen Weg in die Popkultur gefunden. Obwohl er ein Geschöpf der 80er Jahre ist, treffen die vom Protagonisten Patrick Bateman verkörperten gesellschaftlichen Entwicklungen den modernen Zeitgeist. Bateman ist eine Ikone, ein Halloween-Kostüm. Höchste Zeit, ihn kennenzulernen.

 

Patrick Bateman verbirgt sein wahres Gesicht nicht. Er hat es nicht nötig, sich zu verstecken. Perfekt in der belanglosen Unpersönlichkeit seiner Existenz eingerichtet frönt er seinen abscheulichen Neigungen, ohne fürchten zu müssen, entdeckt zu werden. Er mordet. Er foltert. Die dünne Fassade, die seinen Wahnsinn von seinem Leben als erfolgreicher Banker an der Wall Street trennt, reicht aus, um sein Umfeld zu täuschen. Geblendet von seinem makellosen Körper, seinem teuren Haarschnitt, seiner vollendeten Garderobe und dekadenten Restaurantbesuchen vermutet niemand, was Pat Bateman in Wahrheit ist: ein Schlächter, ein Psychopath. Niemand ahnt, dass sich mitten unter ihnen ein Monster in der Sicherheit der Anonymität eingegraben hat…

 

„American Psycho“ ist Bret Easton Ellis‘ Kritik an der kapitalistischen Wertentleerung in den USA der 80er Jahre. Der kontroverse Autor gestand lange nach der Veröffentlichung seines Skandalromans, dass dieser in vielerlei Hinsicht autobiografisch ist. Er lebte in den 80ern selbst in New York und befand sich damals in der paradoxen Situation, Teil einer Gesellschaft sein zu wollen, deren Ideale er ablehnte. Sein Protagonist Patrick Bateman personifiziert die Albtraumvorstellung seiner selbst; er ist eine Figur, mit der er sich identifizieren konnte, obwohl er sie fürchtete. Ich respektiere Ellis‘ gerechtfertigte Missbilligung und die persönliche Note, dank der „American Psycho“ entstand. Dennoch frage ich mich, ob dieses Buch in dieser Form tatsächlich nötig war. Es ist menschenverachtend, brutal, widerlich und wenn es nicht gerade Brechreiz provoziert, langweilt es und liest sich wie besonders dreistes, langatmiges Productplacement. In der unerträglichen Ich-Perspektive des reichen, attraktiven Investmentbankers Pat Bateman quälte ich mich durch seitenlange pedantische Beschreibungen materieller Güter, durch unbedeutende Essen mit austauschbaren Narzissten, durch den Alltag eines Mannes, dessen Dasein völlig von Oberflächlichkeiten bestimmt wird. Eine Handlung im herkömmlichen Sinne war für mich nicht erkennbar. Weder hat „American Psycho“ einen richtigen Anfang, noch ein befriedigendes Ende. Ich zappte auf der ersten Seite in das Leben von Pat Bateman hinein und am Schluss wieder heraus. Dazwischen litt ich sehr unter der leidenschaftslosen Monotonie seiner inkonsequenten, distanzierten Litanei und gerade, als ich dachte, schlimmer könne es nicht mehr werden, begannen die Morde. Natürlich wusste ich, dass Bateman einen Dachschaden hat. Die angespannte Aura aggressiven Wahnsinns, die ihn umgibt, war nicht zu ignorieren. Aber was ich seinetwegen zu erleben gezwungen war, werde ich ihm niemals verzeihen. Pat Bateman ist mehr als ein psychopathischer Serienmörder. Er ist ein abscheuliches Monster. Die Mord- und Folterszenen in „American Psycho“ sind das Furchtbarste, das ich jemals lesen musste. Ich wünschte, ich könnte sie aus meinem Gedächtnis löschen. Mich erschütterte nicht nur die kreative Grausamkeit des Protagonisten, mich verstörte auch Bret Easton Ellis‘ Inszenierung der gewalttätigen Abschnitte. Der Autor arbeitete mit sehr harten Kontrasten, sodass das Buch ständig zwischen einlullenden Belanglosigkeiten und explosiven Gräueltaten schwankt. Batemans Gewaltpotential durchläuft dabei eine alarmierende Abwärtsspirale, seine Verbrechen werden von Mal zu Mal dreister, intensiver und abstoßender. Es wirkte, als wollte Ellis den größtmöglichen Effekt erzielen und auch noch die letzten Leser_innen aus ihren Komfortzonen katapultieren. Er musste immer noch einen draufsetzen. Neben diesen plastischen und plakativen Schilderungen spielte es für mich beinahe keine Rolle, dass sein Protagonist ein sehr komplexer, widersprüchlicher Charakter ist, der all das symbolisiert, was in unserer Gesellschaft schiefläuft. Ich verstehe, was er darstellt. Ich begreife, dass Ellis zunehmende Anonymität, Isolation, Konsumorientierung, Maßlosigkeit und Gleichgültigkeit anprangert. Ich erkenne seine Absicht. Doch wer solche Mittel verwendet, muss sich nicht wundern, wenn die Botschaft negativ überstrahlt wird.

 

„American Psycho“ entzieht sich einem einfachen Urteil. Es ist ein Buch, das sich schwer in Worte fassen lässt. Ich weiß, dass es als moderner Klassiker gilt und kann nachvollziehen, dass Bret Easton Ellis‘ Kritik noch heute Resonanz erzeugt. Meiner Meinung nach ist der kritische Aspekt jedoch zu schwach, um die krassen Extreme zu rechtfertigen, auf die der Autor zurückgreift und das Buch als lesenswert auszuzeichnen. Ich bin nicht gewillt, eine Empfehlung auszusprechen. Ob ihr euch diese Gewaltorgie geben wollt, müsst ihr selbst entscheiden. Vielleicht wäre „Fight Club“ von Chuck Palahniuk die bessere Wahl: thematisch ähnlich, aber harmloser und bekömmlicher.
Ich werde meine Erinnerungen an „American Psycho“ jetzt jedenfalls in einer tiefen, dunklen Ecke meines Hirns wegschließen. Ich möchte nicht länger daran denken.

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/30/bret-easton-ellis-american-psycho
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review 2018-10-23 14:21
Old School Nancy Drew Does Not Hold Up
The Secret of the Old Clock: 80th Anniversary Limited Edition - Carolyn Keene

I was just as shocked as anyone when I started to read "The Secret of the Old Clock" and found Nancy to be annoying. She and the other characters are sketched so thin and the whole story in this one was just off-putting. I also didn't think that Nancy was some great detective. She went snooping (those meddling kids) in order to find a missing will and also because she disliked the relatives who stood to inherit. 

 

"The Secret of the Old Clock" has Nancy Drew in her first stand alone mystery. Nancy is 16 in this one I think. She ends up driving along and almost hits a kid and ends up stopping to see to her. Doing that, she ends up meeting two sisters, (the Turners) who are poor and struggling to raise the kid (sorry about not remembering her name she was so unimportant though). The Turners not knowing Nancy at all tell her about the fact that they were counting on inheriting money when their rich older relative, Josiah Crowley passed away. They tell Nancy he promised to provide for them so they are confused now that he has passed, he left everything to the family he was staying with, the Topham's. 

 

There is very little development in any character in this book. We hear how attractive Nancy is, we know that Hannah is the housekeeper/mother figure who is always making Nancy her meals. Nancy's father, Carson Drew, is an attorney and is all yes my dear you must investigate, but do be careful. 

 

I also thought it was kind of gross that you had three separate groups of people aside from the Turners who were all pretty upfront about saying that Josiah was going to leave them money. It didn't seem as if anyone even cared that the old guy had passed away to me. And the shaming of the Tophams for wanting expensive things and Nancy and her father acting as if they were low-class for having expensive things was surprising to me. I read later on that this book was a slam on the noveau-riche class and I can definitely understand that. Apparently if you don't have old money, you just don't belong. 

 

This book also takes place in the 1930s so there is some definite language that is old-fashioned. And I maybe laughed at the idea of anyone talking about how expensive it was for singing and dancing lessons. The way the book is written, the aunts were going to need thousands upon thousands of dollars for that. 

 

The ending was okay, we have Nancy realizing pretty quickly were the will ended up and then it was her somehow dealing with a gang of thieves (as one does) in order to obtain the will. Everyone lives happily ever after, except for the Tophams. 

 

 

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review 2018-10-22 20:23
First Date by R.L Stine
First Date - R.L. Stine

Here we are again with body shaming, and shaming curly hair again as well (come on, what is so wrong with curly hair R.L Stine!?)

 

R.L Stine is huge with rape culture in his teen books. Yikes. I did not notice this when I read them as a preteen/teenager. It happens three times in this book. With the boys in the car, two guys in Chelsea's workplace and that scene with a drunk Sparks. (more details below) These are terrifying real-world situation that no person wants to be in. There is also an instance where they call another girl a tramp, so we've got slut shaming, too.

 


Body shaming:

The mom going "you're attractive... if you lost a bit of weight...and put on lipstick"

Um NO... you can call a person pretty, regardless of their body weight. That is a good way to mess your kid up. I can relate to having someone in the family always bringing up weight. It is really painful when the shaming comes from the last people who should ever shame you and can leave lasting damage.

I can also relate to having someone always trying to get me to put on makeup. "Oh hey, if you just put on a little makeup." or "Here, let me show you how to fix your hair." No, mom, you might mean well, but I'm fine the way I am, thanks. I'm an adult now, so I think I can figure out how I want to do my hair or if I want to wear makeup or not. (Spoiler, I don't 99% of the time!)

 

Don't do this. If you try to force someone to change their looks (by adding makeup..etc) when they don't want to, you are basically telling them they are not good enough the way they are.

Throughout the book, her weight and looks are mentioned. There is also a scene where she compares her lunch (a normal size lunch!) to Nina's lunch of yogurt and an apple, saying "Nina is going to think I'msoooo fat, but if I only eat what she has, I will be starving!"

(spoiler show)


Rape culture:

I'm not writing this word for word... but you get it.

Boy: How about a date?
Other boy: Plenty of room in here.
*boys laugh and make kissing sounds*
Boy: We're great. We're really great.
Other boy: Bet you're great, too.
Chelsea: Leave me alone!
Boy: Aww, that's not friendly?
Other boy: Don't you want to be friendly?
Chelsea: I'm warning you!
Boy: Aww, she's getting steamed
Other boy: That's not friendly!

This is rape culture. You know what these boys are doing and what they wanted to do to Chelsea, whether they would go through with anything or not is beside the point. It is disgusting that anyone would act like this.

Also, two guys do about the same thing to her when she is alone in her workplace.

Happens again later on when Sparks tells her to "be friendly" while he's basically chasing her around her workplace, saying and doing creepy things. He is also drunk.

(spoiler show)

 

Slut shaming:

Nina (The main character's oh-so-skinny friend) believes her boyfriend is going to leave her, because she sees him talking to another girl named Suki. Oh, the horrors! You know, he could have been asking help with homework, or Suki could be his friend, but no, jump straight to "he's cheating"

Nina says "Suki is such a huge tramp!" (I read another R.L Stine book that has Suki mentioned. She is kind of a stereotypical "hard rock bad girl" or maybe Goth (I can't remember) and acts/dresses differently and apparently has a reputation for sleeping around but it only feels this is so because of how Suki is stereotyped. In the other book, she is also treated the same way.)

(spoiler show)


I still love these books; yeah, I have a blind spot for them. I know they are outdated and problematic by today's standards. I'm reading them through nostalgia-colored glasses.

 

Afterthought: I just want to point out that the main character is mentioned as being "chubby" and the bad guy says she is "dark and chubby. Not real pretty but she's okay." The book talks about "fixing" her up by straightening her hair, wearing makeup and losing a few pounds.

 

These 80s & 90s teen books probably made a lot of people feel bad. Or if you were like me, you would just overlook the problematic stuff; it just went right over my head.

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text 2018-10-20 02:16
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Secret of the Old Clock: 80th Anniversary Limited Edition - Carolyn Keene

Ehhhhhhhhhhh

 

Definitely doesn’t work as an adult reader. Was it just me who got real sick of Nancy?

 

 

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url 2018-10-08 10:25
Car rental Agencies in Orlando: Peculiarities & Special Offers
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A trip to Florida by car is a dream journey! Thanks to the developed network of highways, the state is ideally suited for traveling by car. Anyway, if you decided to travel on a rented car, there are some important moments of car rental you should know for sure.

 

Car rental Companies

There are several car rental agencies in Orlando Airport. And unlike European countries, it is often more advantageous to take the car out of the office in the city, namely at the airport. In any case, it is better to book a car in advance via the Internet. The choice of rental companies in Orlando is quite large: international (Dollar, Thrifty, Hertz, Alamo, Enterprise, Budget, Avis, National, Sixt and NU Car rental), as well as many regional ones. Among the local distributors in Orlando, there are Green Motion, Routes, Payless and Fox rent-a-car.

 

International or local company?

In both cases, there are advantages and disadvantages. Local companies tend to have slightly lower prices, but on such cars, you can travel only inside the region and return it to where you took it. The international company prices are slightly higher, but you can easily take the car in one place and return in another. Well, and if something happened to the car, then you will be given a help much faster, as there is found a more developed network of hire.

 

Price

The cost of car rental in Florida varies in different companies. For example, in Florida, take Kia Ria with automatic transmission and air conditioning for rent for a week will cost you from $25 per day. Please note that it is included in the chosen rate: taxes, insurance, franchise size, mileage, and navigator. Often the cost of 5 days of rent is equal to the cost of 7 days. In addition, companies periodically hold promotions and offer discounts on rentals. So look for promotional codes.

 

What documents are needed?

Documents for renting a car in the US are as follows:

  • passport (foreign);
  • driver's license;
  • bankcard;
  • insurance.

 

Basic insurance, as a rule, includes a franchise, the amount of which can vary from 200 to 2000 dollars. Nevertheless, at any point of rental you will be offered to take full coverage of the franchise. In the event that you have booked a car without full coverage – we advise you to arrange it. This will save you from unnecessary worries in unforeseen situations.

 

Who can take a car?

Requirements for age and driving experience of the client in the US are standard. In some companies of car rental in Orlando, the hire is possible from the age of 18, others – only from 21 years, in the third – for drivers under 25 years there is a special young driver fee.

 

Offers for young drivers

Hertz offers for young drivers aged 21-24 an additional car fee of $15 for a car of economy class. For other cars (crossovers, intermediate, standard, except exclusive) – $25. Drivers from 18-21 years old must pay $41 extra per day of rent.

 

In Alamo, Dollar and National car rental companies there are so-called "golden packages for young drivers" – but on the websites of the rental offices about this there is not a word – they are available only through the dispatchers.

 

Advice! Before taking a car at any car rental, it is necessary to inspect the chosen car carefully, ask for additional equipment or other important questions, read every line in the lease contract. It is better to download GPS navigator into your phone or simple Google Maps and think of the rout beforehand!

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