The song inspired the title of Bret Easton Ellis' novel Imperial Bedrooms
, a sequel to Ellis' earlier novel Less Than Zero
, whose title was borrowed from Costello's song "Less Than Zero
." The author told the NME
August 7, 2010: "Once I figured what (main character) Clay would be doing and realised it was a Hollywood novel, the main myth of Hollywood and how it runs on exploitation and that then I was going to delve into sexual exploitation, it was a no-brainer. I wanted to use an Elvis Costello song and boom - it was 'Imperial Bedroom,' I added the 's'. It was the perfect title."