Bret Easton Ellis’ seventh novel Imperial Bedrooms will be released on June 15 2010. It is the sequel to his first novel Less Than Zero and picks up presumably 25 years after the original. The usual suspects are still alive: Clay, Blair, Julian, Trent, and Rip. Just not very well. It turns out, middle age is even more joyless and depraved than adolescence.
Then when you open the book, riffle through the pages a bit, things start to get even worse all seemingly due to one young, impossibly gorgeous yet utterly untalented actress –– Rain Turner.
Rain is kind of like a post-modern Helen of Troy, a sort of femme fatale wreaking havoc all over the greater Los Angeles area. In tribute to her, to whet your appetite and hold you over until June, we’ve put together six of the best Bret Easton Ellis’ quotes on sex and love. Here’s to Rain Turner…
Less Than Zero (1985)
Clay, did you ever love me?
I’m studying a billboard and say that I didn’t hear what she said.
I asked if you ever loved me?
On the terrace the sun bursts into my eyes and for one blinding moment I see myself clearly. I remember the first time we made love, in the house in Palm Springs, her body tan and wet, lying against cool, white sheets.
Don’t do this, Blair, I tell her.
Just tell me.
I don’t say anything.
The Rules of Attraction (1987)
Tonight. I’ve spent all afternoon in a bath full of scented water, preparing, cleansing, soaping, shaving, oiling myself for You. I have not eaten in two days. I wait. I am good at that… Wait for that final moment. A moment so filled with such experience and longing that I almost do not want to witness its occurrence. But I’m ready. One fine day you’ll want me for your girl, my radio cries. That’s right. Tonight.
American Psycho (1991)
While I kiss and lick her neck she stares passionlessly at the wide-screen Panasonic remote-control television set and lowers the volume. I pull my Armani shirt up and place her hand on my torso, wanting her to feel how rock-hard, how halved my stomach is, and I flex the muscles, grateful it’s light in the room so she can see how bronzed and defined my abdomen has become.
The Informers (1994)
And then finally her young perfect body is naked and she looks up into eyes that cloud over completely, black and bottomless, and she reaches up, weeping with disbelief, and touches my face and I smile and touch her smooth, hairless pussy and she says, “Just don’t give me a hickey,” and then I scream and jump on her and rip her throat out and then I fuck her and then I play with her blood and after that basically everything is okay.
At first I was confused by what passed for love in this world: people were discarded because they were too old or too fat or too poor or they had too much hair or not enough hair, they were wrinkled, they had no muscles, no definition, no tone, they weren’t hip, they weren’t remotely famous. This was how you chose lovers. This was what decided friends. And I had to accept this if I wanted to get anywhere. When I looked over at Chloe, she shrugged. I observed the shrug. She mouthed the word Take… a… hike… On the verge of tears — because I was dealing with the fact that we lived in a world where beauty was considered an accomplishment — I turned away and made a promise to myself: to be harder, to not care, to be cool.
Lunar Park (2005)
Though Jayne had fallen in love with me and wanted to get married I was simply too preoccupied with myself and felt that the relationship, if it kept running its course, would be doomed by summer. Besides her neediness and self-loathing, there were other insurmountable obstacles: namely drugs and, to a lesser extent massive alcohol consumption; there were other girls, there were other boys; there was always another party to get lost in.
Imperial Bedrooms (2010)
Imperial Bedrooms will be available at your local bookstore 15 June, 2010. You can preorder it on Amazon.com now.