The Rules of Attraction - Bret Easton Ellis

The Rules of Attraction

By Bret Easton Ellis

  • Release Date: 1998-06-30
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 91 Ratings


From the bestselling author or Less Than Zero and American Psycho, The Rules of Attraction is a startlingly funny, kaleidoscopic novel about three students at a small, affluent liberal-arts college in New England with no plans for the future--or even the present--who become entangled in a curious romantic triangle. Bret Easton Ellis trains his incisive gaze on the kids at self-consciously bohemian Camden College and treats their sexual posturings and agonies with a mixture of acrid hilarity and compassion while exposing the moral vacuum at the center of their lives.

Lauren changes boyfriends every time she changes majors and still pines for Victor who split for Europe months ago and she might or might not be writing anonymous love letter to ambivalent, hard-drinking Sean, a hopeless romantic who only has eyes for Lauren, even if he ends up in bed with half the campus, and Paul, Lauren's ex, forthrightly bisexual and whose passion masks a shrewd pragmatism. They waste time getting wasted, race from Thirsty Thursday Happy Hours to Dressed To Get Screwed parties to drinks at The Edge of the World or The Graveyard. The Rules of Attraction is a poignant, hilarious take on the death of romance. 

The basis for the major motion picture starring James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Jessica Biel, and Kate Bosworth.


  • College through a mirror darkly

    By scorpion8989
    Loved the characters in this one. Paul was my favorite.His obsession with Mitchell and the way Mitchell sought to hide their relationship was one of the saddest and elegiac parts of the book. Hated Sean with a passion. He was one of those terse, dull characters who always seemed to mistake being inarticulate and crude for cool and brooding like James Dean or something. Lauren was an interesting mix, a little too passive for my tastes, always wanted her to show some backbone, to be a little more active in the way she approached her relationships. That scene with the Reaganite in the beginning was a perfect way to demonstrate it from the outset. Her relationship with Sean was boring, both of them were the least interesting people in the book. I always wanted to see the relationship alluded to between her and Paul instead of just hearing about it. Otherwise, the book was ok. Movie sucked though.
  • Great book...

    By Mr.Bopp
    The movie was just as great. I hope iTunes adds it at some point.