The Informers by Bret Ellis August Book Club
I'm glad that everyone who voted for this book is real excited to discuss it.
I went on Amazon to see what some other people thought about it. I read the bad reviews first because they are always funnier.
"The characters are so self-indulged and vapid that it is hard to connect with any of them. Even the promise of an occasionally interesting scene was always a let down; cool bars, wealthy homes, even the beaches of Mexico were all numbed out by empty conversations and lack of character arc."
"As I read "The Informers", I thought I had mistakenly picked up a really bad copy of a "Beverly Hills 90210" script. This is vapid, humorless writing."
"Guys and girls who are all uniformly rich, drug-addicted, bird-brained, big fans of sunglasses, blond, tanned, gorgeous shuffle around doing nothing, perhaps to portray the meaninglessness of life. "
"Obviously written before Ellis' first book, LESS THAN ZERO, these stories have little depth or structure. They're mostly character sketches, and very rough ones at that. One of the worst stories involves a vampire that goes to see a psychiatrist (yes, really)"
What would you say is the plot of the Informers?
What, if any, larger point do you think Ellis is making with this book?
By any chance do we have anyone who lives in L.A., or did in the 80's? How does the book mirror/distort reality?
Are characters who are bad people difficult to connect with? Does it ruin the enjoyment of the book?