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review 2016-08-15 09:40
Guillaume Superstar
Wie Tom Cruise Mein Leben Stahl - Guilla... Wie Tom Cruise Mein Leben Stahl - Guillaume De la Croix

Wow in diesem Roman bekommt das Wort Fiktion eine völlig neue Bedeutung nämlich im Sinne von Wahnwitz. Der Ausdruck Wahnwitz ist übrigens wortwörtlich zu nehmen, es handelt sich um eine Mischung aus unbegrenztem Größenwahn und irrsinnig(e,) witzige Vorstellungskraft.

Dem französichen Autor Guillaume de la Croix, einem pummeligen fad häßlichen Normalbürger, fällt es eines Tages wie Schuppen von den Augen: Tom Cruise - dieser elendige Gauner - hat ihm sein Leben gestohlen. So strengt er in den USA einen Prozess wegen des Identitätsdiebstahles an (in Amerika kann man ja jeden für alles verklagen). Es sieht zuerst selbstverständlich sehr schlecht für ihn aus, aber ein über alle Zweifel erhabener Überraschungszeuge (mehr kann ich nicht verraten, ohne zu spoilern) tritt auf und bestätigt das Verbrechen. Somit gewinnt Guillaume de la Croix den Prozess und führt fortan das Leben von Tom Cruise noch viel glamuröser als dieser.

"Wenn die Natur dem Menschen zwei Hände gegeben hat, dann sicher, um mir zu applaudieren" La Repubblicca Mai 2011

"Neulich bittet mich ein Mann auf der Straße um ein Autogramm, aber er hat weder Stift noch Papier. Ich auch nicht. Damit er dennoch ein Andenken an unser Zusammentreffen hat, schlage ich ihm richtig eins in die Fresse. Er war begeistert!" MTV News Now Oktober 2010


Der Roman ist aber nicht nur klamauk-witzig und dada, sondern er entlarvt durch die wahnhafte Überspitzung des American way of life auch viele Probleme der heutigen USA und unserer modernen Mediengesellschaft: Die abgehobene Überheblichkeit der Superstars, die unzähligen Schönheitsoperationen, die Amigo Truppe der Filmindustrie, den Jugendlichkeitswahn in Hollywood, das mit keiner Vernunft zu beschreibende Merchandising (z.B. Silikonschwanz mit Guillaumes Gesicht, Kaugummi mit Guillaumes Spermageschmack...), die zahlreichen Mordanschläge auf Celebrities, um selbst berühmt zu werden, die Part-Time Berühmtheit der Unterschicht in den Reality Shows, der doppelte Tod von Hollywoodlegenden, wenn sie zuerst vergessen werden und letztendlich richtig sterben usw...usf...

"Amerika macht mich träumen - nicht aber die Amerikaner, die aus dem Kapitalismus eine Religion, aus dem Individualismus eine Tugend und aus dem elektrischen Stuhl eine Lösung gemacht haben."

Ich lese ja oft und gerne sehr schräge Bücher, aber dieses reiht sich bei den begeisterten schwarzhumorigen Irrsinnspunkten ganz vorne ein. Ich freue mich sehr, dass ich manchmal einfach in einem offenen Bücherregal nach einem Titel greife, der mich durch seine Abgedrehtheit spontan anspricht und es immer wieder wage, zuzuschlagen, obwohl ich auch sehr oft danebengegriffen habe.

Fazit: Absolute Leseempfehlung von mir, aber sicher nicht für Jedermann. Alle, die so wie Dr. Seltsam kichern können, MÜSSEN das Buch aber unbedingt lesen.

PS: Dieses Mal möchte ich mal den Ersten Satz des Buches zitieren, denn es ist absolut notwendig :-):
"Ich danke allen Wörtern, die so freundlich waren, in diesem Buch zu erscheinen; alle anderen können mir gestohlen bleiben."

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text 2015-12-10 18:03
And boy is she trouble!
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology - Rebecca Paley,Leah Remini

On chapter 5...so hilarious and eye-opening to the world of Scientology and what goes into a 'religion'- if you could even call it that!

 

Remini is a fast-talking girl from Brooklyn, NY and she wrote this tell-all so everyone knows what the real deal is about Scientology and their obsession with Tom Cruise. 

 

Can't wait to get home from working and continue reading!

 

-Adria

Source: www.amazon.com/Troublemaker-Surviving-Scientology-Leah-Remini/dp/110188696X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1449770513&sr=1-1&keywords=troublemaker
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text 2015-02-20 02:09
A Moment of Silence for a Fallen Friend #whenbindingsfail

This is a common problem with this edition of insomnia, but it doesn't hurt any less. 

 

I'll always remember the good times we had. Goodbye, dear friend.

 

(plays funeral march)

 

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review 2013-11-17 06:55
The Great White Hope
This Wicked Game - Michelle Zink

Voodoo? More like fucking doo-doo.

My reviews usually follow a pattern: introduction, summary, analysis of characters/settings/plot. Fuck that shit. I am so incandescent with anger that I can hardly think straight right now, much less formulate a fully analytical review. You want a summary? Look at the fucking summary on the book's page. I'm not gonna fucking bother because the problem with this book goes beyond that.

But in brief: the characters are nothing offensive, nothing special, lacking in personality, development, complexity; in essence, they lack essence.

The plot is dull, full of fucking holes, because at the very end I still can't figure the fuck out why the hell the special-snowflake that is our main character is so bloody special in the first place and why the hell her powers came out of freaking nowhere when throughout the book she's been all "Nooooo, nooooooooo, I don't want anything to do with voodoo, despite my heritage as the great-great granddaughter of Zee Great Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau." Despite having such a grand fucking heritage, she's still completely moronic and Too Stupid To Live, wanting to rush off to visit a woman who wants to buy some freaking Panther Plasma (you heard me right, Panther Plasma) to create some kind of Avada-Kedavra-related spell. Ok, so the woman wants to use this plasma whose only purpose is to be used to KILL SOMEONE, let's just go running off to fucking visit her before consulting the adults.



But the stupid characters and the hole-ridden plot are the least of my complaints about this book. Here we go:

Let's start off with two definitions:

Misappropriate: /transitive verb/
1. to put to a wrong use.
2. to apply wrongfully or dishonestly (dictionary.com)

Example: This book misappropriates the traditional folk religion of Voodoo by twisting it into a form that is fucked up beyond recognition in order to make the religion fit into the plot.

Whitewashing: (slang) the entertainment industry's attempt at making ethnic characters more appealing to the white, money-spending masses by making exotic characters less ethnic and more "white." (urbandictionary.com)

Example: This book whitewashes the entire traditionally Haitian/African-based Voodoo religion by making every single practitioner white, or if not white, so mixed as to appear merely "exotic-looking."

I am absolutely aghast at the rampant amount of cultural and religious inaccuracies and inconsistencies within this book.



New Orleans? What New Orleans: This book takes place in New Orleans. You might have heard of it. It's a city in Louisiana, valued because of its cultural heritage, its mishmash of culture. It was also absolutely devastated, ravaged, destroyed, gutted to the ground thanks to a little event known as Hurricane Katrina some 10 years ago. The city is still recovering. It is still a mess. Not that you'd know from reading this book.

I read books based on the South for the atmosphere. There is no atmosphere in this book. Besides some name-dropping of places, besides the mention of the heat, besides for like...2 paragraphs of some broken-down places in New Orleans, this place might have taken place in Wichita, Kansas, for all I know. But wait! It still could be Wichita, Kansas. They've got hot summers and poor areas, too! There is absolutely nothing in this book that makes the city of New Orleans into a real place for me. As for the poor? What poor? The people in this book are the rich few, the privileged few of New Orleans. They're voodoo guild leaders. They just happen to be millionaires, driving Range Rovers and Lexus and Mercedes and blue SUVs living in their plush, posh mansions on First Street and taking their yoga classes.

New Orleans is an extremely diverse city: you wouldn't fucking know it from reading this book. Let me refer you to this page on New Orleans' cultural diversity (boy, I'm just a fountain of fucking education tonight, aren't I?). To sum it up: White: 22%, black: 60%.

And then let's see how diverse this book is: OH, WAIT, IT'S NOT. From what you can tell about this book, the characters are like....99.754% white, and the rest are a mix of "exotic" golden, caramel skin, chocolate-colored eyes. Not a single fucking black person to be found anywhere within 500 miles of this book. Everyone is blonde, red haired, chestnut-haired, copper-haired.

“Just about,” Claire said. A strand of her long blond hair fell forward. She tucked it behind one ear and continued transcribing the woman’s list.

Well, that is such an important sentence. I would never know what happens with the plot if Claire's blonde hair didn't fall over her shoulders. Claire is just so, so pretty!

OH WAIT, ONE CHARACTER HAS BLONDE DREADLOCKS. THAT MAKES IT ALL OK BECAUSE BLACK PEOPLE WEAR DREADLOCKS. Just kidding. Fuck you, book. Everyone is "pale skinned," "porcelain skinned." Anyone not completely white, anyone who is mixed-race is "exotic." Any accent that is anything but American is "exotic." Fuck the word exotic. It is paternalistic, it is patronizing, it reeks of cultural insensitivity when you lump everyone whose coloring is different than you into one fucking word because you can't be fucked to distinguish them otherwise.

And blue eyes. So. Many. Blue. Eyes.

Voodoo is the religion of white people: You heard me. I didn't know whether to laugh or to cry throughout this book. Back to our theme of the day: edumacating. Voodoo is a West-Indies/African-based folk religion. Its practitioners are mostly black. "Fuck that," says this book. "Let's make all the LEADERS of the Voodoo religion into white people or else barely mixed people. Let's completely whitewash Voodoo uses to making "doll babies" (voodoo dolls) and some mild chanting and summoning." Let's also conveniently ignore the fact that so few people actually practice Voodoo as to make it barely register in the country's statistical demographics, yet these leaders are as rich as fucking TV evangelists with their millions of weekly worshippers. SCREW THE DETAILS.

Voodoo is not a pretty religion. There are many types of it, let's keep it simple and stick to traditional Haitian Voodoo. It uses music, chanting, dance, spirit possession, animal sacrifice. Yeah, animal sacrifice. Speaking in tongues? Ever watch a documentary? It's bloody, it's not clean, it's scary, and it's not something you fuck around with lightly, as this book does. This book completely whitewashes the elements of traditional Voodoo. It limits the extent of it to pretty much loas, houngans, some herbs and spells, and voodoo dolls. And a little bit of blood, thrown in for good measure.

The books? OH, THERE ARE VOODOO MANUALS. Seriously, there's African Potions and Recipes for Love and Authentic Haitian Voodoo for Health and Wellness.
The chanting? It's more like something a bunch of Wiccan priestesses would chant under a full moon:

Ancient Priestesses of the light,
Bestow knowledge clear, true, and bright
Grant me power and second sight
As I move through darkness of night.

FUCKING SERIOUSLY? IT RHYMES?

The quasi-Voodoo people in this book are the leaders of the Guild, a bunch of largely white families in charge of the Voodoo religion. They have members in Europe, Asia, all over the world.

Once a secret, old-school voodoo society, the Guild of High Priests and Priestesses had become too large for them to know each and every member.

No, Voodoo isn't a religion restricted to portions of the West Indies, the South, and some regions of Africa at all. *rolls eyes* The Guild are wealthy, they hold an annual Priestess' Ball where all the people get dressed up and all the women put on fancy headdresses. A large portion of the beginning of the book is devoted to the clothes shopping and planning for the annual Priestess' Ball instead of the actual fucking plot.

Fuck the whitewashing, fuck the cultural misappropriation, fuck the lack of diversity, fuck everything about this book. Way to take over a culture for your own use, Tom-Cruise-and-the-Last-Samurai style.

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review 2012-06-07 00:00
Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography - Andrew Morton Das war genau das, was ich mir von dieser Biografie erhofft hatte. Ich bin ja so gar kein Fan von Tom Cruise, aber die Verstrickungen des Schauspielers in die Machenschaften von Scientology interessieren mich ungemein. Diesen Fokus des Buches hat Andrew Morton mehr als übererfüllt. In nur 120 Seiten wird der traditionelle Werdegang von Cruise geschildert und dann gehts schon los mit der Sekte.

In spannender Weise wird das Konstrukt des ewig lächelnden Superstars Sekte, Filme, (Ehe-)Frauen, Einflussnahmen, Druckmittel und Medienstrategien entlarvt. Dabei wird auch ein guter Einblick in die Geheimgesellschaft Scientology ihre Geschichte und die organisatorische Struktur gegeben. Dieses Werk ist eine sehr gute spannende Mischung aus Biografie und Sektengeschichte, wobei ich keine einzige Sekunde das Gefühl hatte, es handelt sich um einen reinen Verrriss des Schauspielers. Im Gegenteil im Bereich der persönlichen Beziehungen zu Frauen ging der Autor Morton für mich fast zu milde mit Cruise um.

Fazit: absolut lesenswert!
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