Is Animal the American Psycho’s Controversial New Novel for the #MeToo Generation?

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Author Lisa Taddeo’s controversial new book Animal has been hailed as American Psycho for the #MeToo generation.

Lisa Taddeo, 41, of Connecticut, made headlines in 2019 when she released the nonfiction book Three Women, which she wrote after spending thousands of hours interviewing dozens of women about their sex lives in eight years.

She has now written her first fiction book, due out in the UK on June 21, and follows ‘depraved’ 36-year-old Manhattanite Joan, who is filled with animal bloodlust after a traumatic childhood.

The “hypnotic and horrifying” book features graphic scenes, including the rape of an elderly woman, a forced abortion, and a late miscarriage in which the mother-to-be is covered in blood, holding the fetus in her hand.

Author Lisa Taddeo's controversial new book Animal has been hailed as American Psycho for the #MeToo generation

Author Lisa Taddeo’s controversial new book Animal has been hailed as American Psycho for the #MeToo generation

Critics have compared the “cruel” novel to American Psycho thanks to Taddeo’s depiction of a smooth Manhattanite who revels in bloody violence while describing their hatred of the opposite sex.

Bret Easton Ellis, 57, of Los Angeles, published American Psycho in 1991, and it wasn’t long before the novel — which focuses on psychopathic Wall Street banker Patrick Bateman who picks up women and then butchers them after sex — was hailed by feminists about the around the world was criticized. the globe.

A feminist campaigner focused on the book’s graphic descriptions of sexual violence, labeling it a “how-to novel about the torture and mutilation of women,” while authors criticized it as nothing more than misogyny porn.

The 'hypnotic and horrifying' book features graphic scenes including the rape of an elderly woman, a forced abortion and a late miscarriage in which the mother-to-be is covered in blood and holds the fetus in her hand

The ‘hypnotic and horrifying’ book features graphic scenes including the rape of an elderly woman, a forced abortion and a late miscarriage in which the mother-to-be is covered in blood and holds the fetus in her hand

Meanwhile, Taddeo’s novel begins with an equally creepy scene when Joan’s married boss, with whom she has been having an affair, storms into a restaurant where she is dining with another man and shoots herself.

It begins: “I drove myself out of New York City where a man shot himself in front of my eyes. He was a voracious man, and when his blood came out, it looked like a pig’s blood.’

Towards the end of the second chapter, Taddeo teases the ending of the novel, writing, “I had no idea what it would be like in California…I knew I’d be rabid…

“There were many paths my journey could take. I didn’t think any of them would lead me to murder.’

Every husband cheats in the novel, and every adultery is followed by fatal injury or horrific death.

Taddeo describes Joan as a wolf, while the men in the novel are “crabs crawling around with their pincers outstretched.”

In another moment similar to Ellis’ novel, Joan reveals how she was paid thousands of dollars by a Wall Street trader to kick him in the testicles.

She flees New York to Los Angeles in search of a woman named Alice, who later turns out to be her half-sister and who she hopes can help her cope with her childhood trauma.

She arrives in California and rents a house from a strange man named Lenny in the Santa Monica Mountains before landing a job at a local health food store.

American Psycho, which was turned into a 2000 film starring Christian Bale (seen), was published in 1991 and immediately sparked outrage among feminist groups

American Psycho, which was turned into a 2000 film starring Christian Bale (seen), was published in 1991 and immediately sparked outrage among feminist groups

However, her experience in the city makes her a “depraved” animal, at odds with California’s juice cleanses and ashtanga yoga classes.

Taddeo describes how she once “envied people who judged her,” writes Taddeo: “I bet most of those people hadn’t experienced a percent of what I had experienced. But I lost my mind when those people called me a sociopath.

“Some even said it as if it were positive. I am someone who believes she knows which people should be dead and which should still be alive. I am a lot of things. But I’m not a sociopath.’

She begins to reminisce about every interaction she has had with men, including her father, and says she “craved men who lived happy lives, whose [she] would never be a part’.

In the end, she decides that “all the men present are stand-ins for ex-men.” And all the men are stand-ins for our fathers.’

Joan describes that she was “marked at ten”, while Taddeo wrote that her mother taught her as a child that “we are all monsters, we are all capable of monstrosities”.

Ellis received death threats in the wake of the book's publication — and some stores refused to stock the novel due to its controversial content

Ellis received death threats in the wake of the book’s publication — and some stores refused to stock the novel due to its controversial content

At another time, Joan wonders “why men aren’t better at taking out their eyes, saying ‘there are a hundred such minor rapes a day.'”

She rebels over her growing dependence on Alice, realizing ‘real power came from not caring about anyone’.

The violence builds to the climax of the novel, where Joan conspires to commit a gruesome murder.

Harriet Tyce, bestselling author of Blood Orange and The Lies You Told, said, “Dark, hypnotic and horrifying, with a central protagonist in Joan demanding your deepest empathy despite every transgression, it’s brilliantly written and skillfully done.”

Meanwhile, bestselling author Jojo Moyes said, “I don’t think there is a writer alive who writes about the inner lives of women with the raw truth and intensity. [Taddeo] is doing . . . Fearless, sexy, sassy and simply forensically observed. She’s extraordinary.’

Sam Baker described it as “ablaze with rage and beauty,” saying, “You captured all the rage that every woman has suppressed all her life.

Mary Gaitskill will eat your heart.’

The author of American Psycho has since said that his controversial novel “wouldn’t be published today” because it “would be too problematic.”

At the time, The New York Times called the novel “idiotic and sadistic,” with some stores refusing to keep it in stock at all.

Despite initial criticism of the novel, when it was made into a film in 2000, the reception was mostly positive – and it received rave reviews from film critics and onlookers alike.

The big-screen version proved so popular, it’s now being used as the basis for a new TV show, which is currently in development – according to Deadline.

Controversial author Lisa Taddeo was ‘swallowed with grief’ for years after her parents’ deaths – before driving eight YEARS across the US to write a non-fiction book about the sex lives of three women

Lisa Taddeo, 41, was born to Peter Taddeo, an Italian-American physician, and Pia, a fruit stall cashier from Italy in New Jersey.

Her father died in a car accident when she was 23 years old, and her mother developed cancer a few years later.

After earning a degree in fiction from Boston University, she moved home to be her mother’s caregiver.

She recently told The times: ‘My whole twenties are just completely swallowed up by black, death, sadness. When my mother died I was 28 and in many ways all alone in the world.’

Lisa Taddeo, 41, was born to Peter Taddeo, an Italian-American physician, and Pia, a fruit stall cashier from Italy in New Jersey.

Lisa Taddeo, 41, was born to Peter Taddeo, an Italian-American physician, and Pia, a fruit stall cashier from Italy in New Jersey.

At first, she felt it was easier to suffer alone in empty hotel rooms, “take an Ambien and pass out” before moving to Manhattan, where she said she was “huge, hugely depressed.”

Lisa worked as a journalist for many years before being offered a book deal by an editor who saw her piece on table hosts and the “half-whore economy.”

She began writing Three Women in 2011, traveled across America and spent thousands of hours interviewing various people who could be featured in the book.

She began writing Three Women in 2011, traveled across America and spent thousands of hours interviewing various people who could be featured in the book.

She also interviewed Rachel Uchitel, who was embroiled in the Tiger Woods sex scandal.

She began writing Three Women in 2011, traveled across America and spent thousands of hours interviewing various people who could be featured in the book.

In the bestseller, she explores the desires and sex lives of three women, but she spoke to more than 30 during the research process.

Lina, a housewife in Indiana, has ten years of a passionless marriage when she embarks on an affair that quickly consumes everything and changes her life.

Sloane, an entrepreneur in the Northeast, is married to a man who loves to watch her have sex with other men and women.

While Maggie, a high school girl in North Dakota, begins a relationship with her married English teacher and unsuccessfully takes him to court.

It took her eight years to complete the book, which writer Elizabeth Gilbert calls a “literary masterpiece.”

She previously admitted that at the end of her two-year publishing contract she had “thousands of words of nothing” and needed more time.

During her time travel, she met her husband Jackson Waite, 38, who accompanied her on the road and she became pregnant with her daughter Fox.

During her time travel, she met her husband Jackson Waite, 38, who accompanied her on the road and she became pregnant with her daughter Fox.

Fortunately, Lisa’s editor was okay with the publication delay, so she continued to meet with different women until all the elements of the story came together.

During her time travel, she met her husband Jackson Waite, 38, a screenwriter who accompanied her on the road and she became pregnant.

It was published to critical acclaim in 2019 and won the non-fiction narrative book of the year at the British Book Awards.

The family now lives in rural Connecticut.

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