AV Club: What would be your dream screenplay adaptation, if you had access to any literary property?

Bret Easton Ellis: Actually, it would not necessarily be a good book, because I don’t think good books make good movies. A really good novel was conceived as a novel, and not as a film. I don’t see any point in trying to remake, over and over, The Great Gatsby. The book is a book that obviously works. I think it’s interesting to take ideas and material from books that aren’t very good, pulpy books and genre books, and then elevate it into a really good movie.

—Bret Easton Ellis, in interview

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About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (
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