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Dead Famous - Ben Elton
Dead Famous
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Ben Elton's Dead Famous brings together his talents in comedy and crime writing to produce a hilarious and devastating novel on the gruesome world of reality TV. Peeping Tom productions invent the perfect TV programme: House Arrest. Its slogan is: "One house. Ten contestants. Thirty cameras.... show more
Ben Elton's Dead Famous brings together his talents in comedy and crime writing to produce a hilarious and devastating novel on the gruesome world of reality TV. Peeping Tom productions invent the perfect TV programme: House Arrest. Its slogan is: "One house. Ten contestants. Thirty cameras. Forty microphones. One survivor." This is all a clever parody of the massive TV hit Big Brother, with its vain, ambitious contestants with their: tattoos and their nipple rings, their mutual interest in star signs, their endless hugging and touching, and above all their complete lack of genuine intellectual curiosity about one single thing on this planet that was not directly connected with themselves. However, Elton adds a clever twist to this very funny send-up. On Day 27 of the programme, one of the housemates is killed live on TV. Everyone in the country has a theory about the killer, "indeed the only person who seemed to have absolutely no idea whatsoever of the killer's identity was Inspector Stanley Spencer Coleridge, the police officer in charge of the investigation". Coleridge is an old fogey from the 1950s, who has to learn quickly about lesbians, piercings, blow jobs and the seductions of TV fame before he can crack the case. Elton's wicked parody of the housemates is brilliant, the murder fiendish in its ingenuity, and the ending wonderfully over the top. Dead Famous is great fun, and even has some social comment thrown in for good measure. --Jerry Brotton
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781448167524 (1448167523)
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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Olga Godim
Olga Godim rated it
0.0 Reality TV - DNF on page 69
I seldom like books written by male writers. They are usually emotionally distant, and this book was no exception. Just the opposite, it’s so distant that there was no protagonist. I didn’t care for anyone in this book. It’s supposed to be a murder mystery, but by page 69, when I stopped reading, I ...
Tami
Tami rated it
4.0 Much british (black) humor - great!
This was a recommendation from a friend and a good one. It was a great and very entertaining read. It was a persiflage on television (reality TV), on the slow descent of all things cultural and it was hilarious and crass and gripping. Will check out the other books by this author for sure - gr...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
5.0 Dead Famous
Exactly what you would like to do with some of those reality tv programes, there's a murder in one of those big brother houses.
Lotus wild over sakura
Lotus wild over sakura rated it
4.0 Dead Famous
Interested in sophisticated fun? You, hubby, girlfriends?The more the merrier. Get in touch with Tristero, throughWASTE only, Box 49.Its funny how Pynchon does not scares me anymore. He is not the tentacled Cthulhu (thanks Mr. Lovecraft for my insomniac exhibits) I thought he was. I guess Gravity’s ...
Kiwiria
Kiwiria rated it
I was completely fascinated by this book from the very first page. A murder committed in a "Big Brother"-type environment would have seemed impossible to achieve - and certainly very easy to solve - so how could it make for an interesting book? Yet Ben Elton manages to pull it off. I had great diffi...
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