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A lot of the books I picked for this list I read during my late teenage years when I was that edgy 16 year old goth kid. I have always planned to go back and reread these books for nostalgic reasons because that time of my life was amazing and I want to see if these books are as good as I remember, now that I am a 29 year old edgy goth adult.
1.Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
“Koushun Takami’s notorious high-octane thriller is based on an irresistible premise: a class of junior high school students is taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are provided arms and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left standing. Criticized as violent exploitation when first published in Japan – where it then proceeded to become a runaway bestseller – Battle Royale is a Lord of the Flies for the 21st century, a potent allegory of what it means to be young and (barely) alive in a dog-eat-dog world. Made into a controversial hit movie of the same name, Battle Royale is already a contemporary Japanese pulp classic.”
I don’t have a Battle Royale problem, YOU have a Battle Royale problem because you haven’t read it yet. If you have been on my blog before you will know that this is probably one of my favourite novels of all time. I spend most of my time throwing this book at people’s heads because I want everyone to read it.
Unlike other books on this list I only read this book last year but I need to read it again because I have been craving it since I finished reading it the first time.
2. Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
Summary from GoodReads.com:
“There’s a killer on the loose who knows that beauty is only skin deep, and a trainee investigator who’s trying to save her own hide. The only man that can help is locked in an asylum. But he’s willing to put a brave face on — if it will help him escape.”
I first read this book when I was 17 years old and I adored it. So much so that I dressed as Hannibal Lecter that year for Halloween and have seriously considered adding a deathead moth to my tattoo collection. Across my shoulders maybe?
When I first read this book I borrowed it from my school’s library. I never checked it out. I would just visit the library every day and just read a chapter of The Silence of the Lambs. It has been so long since I have read book I have always wanted to revisit it.
3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
Summary from GoodReads.com:
“At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.”
I first read Frankenstein when I was 11 years old, and I read it again when I was 17-18, and even though I have already read it twice and seen countless adaptations of it I have always planned to go back and read it for a third time as an adult. I never seem to get around to though. Maybe sometime I will take this classic on a spin for a third time.
4. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
Summary from GoodReads.com of Interview with the Vampire:
“This is the story of Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey through mortal and immortal life. Louis recounts how he became a vampire at the hands of the radiant and sinister Lestat and how he became indoctrinated, unwillingly, into the vampire way of life. His story ebbs and flows through the streets of New Orleans, defining crucial moments such as his discovery of the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her with the last breaths of humanity he has inside. Yet, he makes Claudia a vampire, trapping her womanly passion, will, and intelligence inside the body of a small child. Louis and Claudia form a seemingly unbreakable alliance and even “settle down” for a while in the opulent French Quarter. Louis remembers Claudia’s struggle to understand herself and the hatred they both have for Lestat that sends them halfway across the world to seek others of their kind. Louis and Claudia are desperate to find somewhere they belong, to find others who understand, and someone who knows what and why they are.
Louis and Claudia travel Europe, eventually coming to Paris and the ragingly successful Theatre des Vampires – a theatre of vampires pretending to be mortals pretending to be vampires. Here they meet the magnetic and ethereal Armand, who brings them into a whole society of vampires. But Louis and Claudia find that finding others like themselves provides no easy answers and in fact presents dangers they scarcely imagined.”
This is the sequel to the world famous novel The Interview with the Vampire. When I was a teenager this was the vampire series to read. Instead of Twilight we had this homoerotic masterpiece. I reread the first novel on a whim a year or two ago and planned to reread the rest of the series but I just never got around to it. Hopefully some day I will.
5. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Summary from GoodReads.com:
“Patrick Bateman is twenty-six and he works on Wall Street, he is handsome, sophisticated, charming and intelligent. He is also a psychopath. Taking us to head-on collision with America’s greatest dream—and its worst nightmare—American Psycho is bleak, bitter, black comedy about a world we all recognise but do not wish to confront.”
I first read this book when I was 19-20. A boyfriend at the time bought me it because I was obsessed with the film at the time. Seriously, my friends and I would just communicate in American Psycho quotes. It has been years since I’ve seen the film or read the book so I have always wanted to give them a visit again.