So out of anticipation for The Bling Ring’s wide-release this weekend, I purchased Nancy Jo Sales’s book that was inspired by her Vanity Fair article that went on to inspire the film.
Inspiration all around.
I’m about half-way done with the book and I highly recommend it.
Sales reflects on her 2009 search for the “Bling Ring” – a bunch of teenagers who managed to burglarize Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom, and others. She includes interviews with Nick Prugo (allegedly one of the master-minds) and Alexis Neiers (a one-time E! reality star on “Pretty Wild), as well as other high schoolers with ties to the “Burglar Bunch.”
In between these interviews, Sales questions not only questions these teenagers, but society as well. She goes all the way back to the Revolutionary War, when teenage rebellion in America began. By analyzing each era and each generation, Sales seems to be getting closer to her final interpretation of these perps.
The most interesting tidbit of history I’ve learned so far is the 1924 murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks by 19-year-old Nathan Leopold and 18-year-old Richard Loeb, who believed “themselves to be Nietzschean supermen, above the law.” Apparently, Loeb said after his arrest, “This will be the making of me” (100). Sales examines such examples of “bad rich kids” in relation to the Bling Ring, continuously wondering where it all went wrong.
I haven’t finished yet, but I encourage everyone to pick up a copy!