The list of “who” to include would be very long and boring, because every author I’ve ever read has shaped me in some way. But the one, above all else, without a doubt, that has shaped my dream of writing is Bret Easton Ellis. I know, gasp! I didn’t select Austen, Dickens, or Harper Lee.
Ellis is my all-time favorite. His writing is so direct, smart, and dark. His characters are mesmerizing. I’ve talked about characters and the importance of liking them; however, some of Bret Easton Ellis’ characters are so twisted that there is no way one could possibly like them. If you know his work, then you know I’m thinking of that handsome, designer suit wearing Patrick Bateman. But even as disgusting as he was, I still had to learn more about him. I didn’t want to. I tried several times to resist him. Many occasions, I said out loud, “I don’t want to read this book!” I didn’t want to like it, but something (hint: the writing) kept me coming back. I simply couldn’t resist him. To me, that’s magic!
At the risk of writing lengthy book reviews pretending I could have done it better (which I wouldn’t dare), my favorite novel of his is Less than Zero and then the subsequent, Imperial Bedrooms.
P.S. Less than Zero is also my favorite Christmas movie. (wink, wink)
I can only aspire to write characters as well as Bret Easton Ellis.