Bret Easton Ellis Calls Nobel Prize Winner Alice Munro "Overrated"
Bret Easton Ellis, author of American Psycho and already a literary curmudgeon at age 49, has a new twitter victim. He was apparently not pleased at yesterday’s announcement that 82-year-old Canadian author Alice Munro had won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Ellis took to twitter early this morning, where he called Munro “completely overrated.” An hour later, he expanded on that sentiment:
Alice Munro was always an overrated writer and now that she's won The Nobel she always will be. The Nobel is a joke and has been for ages…
— Bret Easton Ellis (@BretEastonEllis) October 11, 2013
As The Independent noted, this is not Ellis’ first twitter outburst. Last year, he used the medium to label David Foster Wallace “tedious, overrated, tortured, pretentious,” and he wasn’t very kind to Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, either. He does, however, love the blind auditions on NBC’s The Voice.
There’s been relatively little reaction to Ellis’ tweet, beyond an “amen” from Christian Lorentzen, who panned Munro’s latest collection in the London Review of Books. The outcry for the David Foster Wallace situation was far greater, but maybe this is the result of loudly going against the grain once too often.
I doubt Alice Munro is on the Internet seeking solace, but Ms. Munro, if you are, we have something you might like: Paste gave Ellis’ last novel, Imperial Bedrooms, a fairly harsh rating of 0.0.
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