We have been in Beverly Hills shopping most of the late morning and early afternoon. My mother and my two sisters and me. My mother has spent most of this time probably at Neiman-Marcus, and my sisters have gone to Jerry Magnin and have used our father’s charge account to buy him and me something and then to MGA and Camp Beverly Hills and Privilege to buy themselves something. I sit at the bar at La Scala Boutique for most of this time, bored out of my mind, smoking, drinking red wine. Finally, my mother drives up in her Mercedes and parks her car in front of La Scala and waits for me.
--Bret Easton Ellis, Less Than Zero
Tedious? Check. Overrated? Check. Pretentious? Check.
Well, no one will say that Bret Easton Ellis isn't an authority in this area.