Time Out described the book as “A brilliant satirical debut”, Germaine Greer described it as “A small masterpiece” and The New York Times said Twelve was “As fast as speed, as relentless as acid”. Sadly in my opinion the book in no way lived up to this hype. I found Nick McDonell’s debut to be incredibly underwhelming and nowhere near as good as Less Than Zero, a book it was constantly compared to.
This year Sundance premièred Joel Schumaker’s film adaptation of the book and the response to the film by many critics appeared to be similar to my response to the book.
The film stars Emma Roberts, Chace Crawford, Rory Culkin, Kiefer Sutherland, 50 Cent and Ellen Barkin.
Today we have the official trailer for the film and I think it looks just horrible. It takes all the things I disliked about the book and pushes them even further. Judging by the trailer the film appears to be a woeful photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy of a Bret Easton Ellis novel.
Watch the trailer embedded below and let us know what you think.