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Bret Easton Ellis: I write about me, not the 1980s

17th June 2010

Bret Easton Ellis has stressed that he writes for himself, not to be the poster boy for the 1980s.

In an interview with Reuters, the author disputed critics' opinions that his most famous books, such as Less Than Zero and American Psycho, are about the narcissism of the decade, explaining: 'They were actually about myself.'

However, he pointed out that the 1980s have returned to pop culture, citing the revival of some of the decade's styles on catwalks and remakes of films such as The Karate Kid, and suggested this could attract readers to his latest effort, Imperial Bedrooms.

'The people who came of age in the 80s are now controlling the culture and I think that is why you see a lot of 80s influences everywhere,' Ellis told the news provider.

Imperial Bedrooms, the author's seventh novel, follows the stories of Less Than Zero characters Clay, Blair and Julian as they reach midlife. Despite its loyal following, Ellis said that he 'didn't take [reader's expectations] into consideration' when crafting the book.

In a recent interview with the Independent, the author said that he does not view his latest novel as a sequel to Less Than Zero but as a way of exploring the character of Clay 20 years later.

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