American Psycho/Trivia

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The book:

  • Genius Bonus: Patrick gives detailed descriptions of each character's clothes, including brand names and prices. Readers who are extremely knowledgeable about 80's fashion will notice that the outfits are clownishly mismatched.
    • There's a similar gag involving the food at the various restaurants, which go from outrageous but plausible (red snapper pizza) to outright inedible (mud soup and charcoal arugula).
      • In the film it's "peanut butter soup". You don't have to be a genius to be weirded out by that one (peanut soup, sometimes using peanut butter to speed up cooking, does exist though-- and is quite tasty).
  • Technology Marches On: Some of Patrick's detailed descriptions of his home entertainment system seems anachronistic by today's standards, especially since the point is how state-of-the-art it is.
  • Write Who You Know: Ellis has described Bateman as being based on his father.

The film:


Elizabeth: I'm not a lesbian! Why would you think that?
Patrick: Well, you did go to Sarah Lawrence.