Annotated Bibliography On Teenage Wasteland

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Annotated Bibliography
Curnutt, Kirk. “Teenage Wasteland: Coming-of-Age Novels in the 1980s and 1990s.” Critique. 43.1 (Fall 2001): 93-111. Academic Search Complete. Web. 6 March 2017.
Curnutt took the popular fictional novels of the 80’s or 90’s and compared each by the recurring themes of the existential crisis each teenager experienced. With “Less Than Zero” by Bret Ellis included, Curnutt uses specific quotes from each fictional novel to give further support to the common theme connecting those novels together. The existential crisis that teenage characters are confronted with, came from lack of attention and disaffection, as Clay in “Less Than Zero” tried to confess his drug abuse to his parents and their attitude was “‘I didn’t quite …show more content…

Du Noyer gained more from the author’s perspective and purpose in the creation of “Less Than Zero” novel, as Ellis stated, “‘My main interest was...what happens when you do have all this freedom and there’s no meaning attached to it? What happens when you’ve accumulated all this stuff?...the book [basically] acts as a warning to this generation; if you’re not careful, this is where you’re gonna end up.’” To simplify it, the book was fictionally created in order to fill its readers with knowledge and awareness to not fall into a spiral of endless “promiscuity, overdoses, a murder or two, snuff-film parties and everyday consumer boom binges courtesy of mom and dad’s credit cards.” (1) Instead, it feeds the readers’ minds to give their lives a purposeful meaning and live it with a sense of confidence. Du Noyer was able to absorb the underlying role of the “Less Than Zero” novel, as a result of a personal, close up interview with Bret Easton Ellis.
Ramón Torrijos, María del Mar. “The presence of existential absurdity in Less Than Zero by Bret Ellis.” Océanide. 0.2 (July 2010) 1-5. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 6 March

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