Less Than Zero

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Less Than Zero
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Written by: Bret Easton Ellis
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First published: 1985
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Bret Easton Ellis' first novel. Less Than Zero was written when Ellis was 19 and was published in 1985. It was loosely adapted into a film in 1987.

Clay, the protagonist, is a bisexual college student back home in L.A. for the winter break. He comes from a pretty rich family and during the course of the novel, goes to a lot of parties, has a lot of one-night stands and does a lot of drugs. The story itself is a fairly frightening take on the amorality of the 1980s party scene.

A sequel, Imperial Bedrooms, was published in 2010. Less Than Zero was made into a film in 1987, and a television series in 2018.

Tropes used in Less Than Zero include: