Ewers alike to perform for him like puppets in order to save his fortune But it is much than thisElton weaves in a huge cast of characters populating the novel with an array of colourful contestants the blingers clingers and mingers but not necessarily singers including a desperate girl on the edge who wants it so much a loved up duo which happens to include a vocally talentless blind man an aging male stripper and a couple of teenaged bimbos one of whom suffers an eating disorderSome serious issues hide underneath the mockery Including The Exploitation Of the exploitation of people the isks of the pursuit of fame and how one should never trust the media for a fair Fat Lives representationAiding Simms in his judging of the talentless masses are a Britishocker whose sex change has made him into Beryl Blenheim a Sharon Osbourne esue eality television star and mother of the year to a pop star wannabe teenage daughter with a failing album and Rodney Root a former music mogul who longs for publicity and fame while suffering from being "the boring third judge Hosting is Keely a perky pretty shoulder "boring third judge Hosting is Keely a perky pretty shoulder the failed contestants to cry on a mish mash of Cat Deeley and Kate Thornton hosts of So You Think You Can Dance and X Factor espectivelyNow I do A Southern Moderate in Radical Times: Henry Washington Hilliard, 1808-1892 really like this book So much in fact that I got through the 464 pages within a day laughing out loud several timesAs someone who used to love these talent contests and whoecently by way of the latest series of X Factor in the UK has become very disillusioned with the idea I felt validated by this book It made so much sense was funny smart and bold Though out the idea I felt validated by this book It made so much sense was funny smart and bold Though out 2006 this book covers so many issues that were Iran raised in the just finished X Factor series such as voteigging judges keeping in talentless unpopular contestants to keep in controversial and editing to make contestants seem better or worse to the audience Which is why everyone who loves X Factor should Tagebuch read this book as it points everything out but in a way that won t make loyal fansush to defend the showThe pacing is brilliant hooking the eader in with a glimpse of a character called Shaiana crying her eyes out on an episode of Chart Throb with Keely cajoling her into uttering those clich d phrases I want it so much It s my dream Then introducing us to Calvin and his plot line then to Beryl and her US fly on the wall TV show a la The Osbournes and to desperate Rodney Root trying to cling to fame Then we meet the crew behind the scenes esearchers and assistants Emma Trent and Chelsea who go through the task of finding the blingers clingers and mingers for the show Just as you think too much is going on it switches back to Calvin s storyline or to HRH the Prince of Wales or to the esearch team Then some contestants get their stories introducedDespite sounding like all these characters and their threads are all over the place they do all come together It s seamless at times and I often. Writes the ules But this year as he sits smugly in judgment on the mingers clingers and blingers whom he has pre selected in his carefully scripted “search” for a star he has no idea that the ules are changing The “real” is about to be put back into “reality” televisio.
review Chart ThrobI Deconstruction in Context: Literature and Philosophy read this book atecommendation from my Dad and was surprised to find myself Hoffnung Mensch really enjoying it I loved the idea of finding out what supposedly goes on behind the scenes of talent shows and the characters wereeally developed and interesting I particularly enjoyed that there wasn t a particular hero to the story and it explored each characters faults and good ualities However I found the ending very unsatisfactory as I felt it was a frustrating way to tie up the book and it left me a bit cold I would ecommend this book to Reality Television Fans Whose television whose won t be shattered by the amount of behind the scenes manipulation in this X Factor satire If you eally believe that the X Factor is a talent contest which the best singer will win you may like to skip this book especially if you see Sharon Osbourne as a lovely motherly person who hates to send any of the contestants home Although Ben Elton has made the female judge on the Chart Throb panel a transsexual ex ock star with a drug addled wife and twin step daughters who like to annoy her by calling her Dad instead of Mum Beryl s mannerisms and comments to the contestants are totally Sharon OsbourneI wouldn t say that this is one of Ben Elton s best books as it was epetitive and the story dragged at times but I found it very funny and didn t spot the final twist coming at all Ever seen American Idol Well this book surely gives you an inside on how eality tv works Very educational making you wonder why you waste all that time inging to vote for your favourite This book is essential The Witch who was a princess reading for everyone in the world who has ever watched and enjoyed aeality television talent showSeriously If you love them it will open your eyes to how foolish you have been in trusting them and if you are already a sceptic you will enjoy the fantastically witty way in which Elton Little Shop of Horrors: 8 Selections from the Musical: Easy Piano rips into themChart Throb is name of the most populareality TV talent contest on the air in the UK as our novel opens The mastermind behind it Calvin Simms is Simon Cowell but meaner manipulative and savvy He has a bit of a problem He has just gotten married to a southern belle who eveals she wants a divorce as soon as they eturn to his mansion from their honeymoon Of course being an expert gold digger she plans to take him for at least half his wealth and he is having none of it So he makes a desperate deal He will give her ALL of his money if he fails to manipulate the public into crowing a person of her choice as the Chart Throb winner in the upcoming series But if he can make the hapless person win she gets absolutely nothingDakota his money minded wife sees an opportunity and takes it choosing one of the most hated men in Britain as her winner He just happens to be His Royal Highness the Prince of WalesAs you might expect this story is of this series of Chart Throb in which we see a master manipulator at work getting contestants and vi. Ben Elton is about to put the “real” back into Reality TV in his biting satire of one of today’s most popular cultural phenomena the TV talent show95000 hopefuls Three judges Just one winner And that’s Colin Simms the genius behind the show Colin always wins because Colin. ,
Found that as I was starting to grow tired with one scene the next chapter would take me back to something interestingSome things did bother me though Firstly the name dropping of people such as Simon Cowell Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh though necessary to show that the characters were not these people but parodies characters were not these people but parodies them took me out of the story a bit at first I found myself wondering what happened to them to me out of the story a bit at first I found myself wondering what happened to them to these Jeden výdych koňa replacements bigger than them I mean it s a little difficult to think of anyone being Mr Nasty but Simon Cowell and he s not exactly going to go away even if his TV shows lose in theatings But that aside the parodies are so well done I can forgive Elton this little thingAlso as it was Eleanor, Quiet No More released in 2006 2 full years before Saint Cheryl Cole became a judge on the X Factor I can forgive the lack of Cheryl Bashing Ieally would have loved to see him ip into her though as she is perfect for parodyingThe ending was so full of twists I was almost left confused Almost In the end it finishes both surprisingly and predictably if that is even possible It s ather clever As was the characterisation of HRH The Prince of Wales Close enough to the What It Takes: Fighting for My Life and My Love of the Game real thing to be funny but different enough and flattering enough to prevent an angry Royal I bet even he laughed at himself if he everead this bookOverall the comedy was perfect as you come to expect from such a celebrated comic as Ben Elton With Blackadder The Young Ones Maybe Baby and We Will Rock You to his name it is inevitable that he will create enough laughs He does get his point across thoughHe Luftwaffe Fighters 1945 (Topcolors) really gets it to hit home just howidiculous Revenant reality television talent shows are So aftereading this a book given to me as an unexpected Christmas gift and devoured within a day of me Pumpkinflowers receiving it I will most definitely be giving ben Elton s other novels a goEntertaining thought provoking and just so very very funny Aftereading Chart Throb by Ben Elton I don t think I will ever be able to watch a Wonderful Memories of It's a Wonderful Life reality tv series again I feel kind of dirty and want to cry Itings so true that it is almost upsettingThe story Green Eyed Envy revolves around the producer of a hiteality television show similiar to Idol or X Factor The book focuses on the manipulation used to make the show such a success the scripting of events the frankensteining of interviews the general lack of conscience exhibited by the staff of the show as the exploit contestant after contestantThe manipulation of the CHARACTERS WAS HORRENDOUS AND YET I STRUGGLE TO BELIEVE was horrendous and yet I struggle to believe it is The A-List Diet Fitness Plan really fiction I am kind of left with the feeling that that must be the way it is and that sickens meI am fast becoming a fan of Ben Elton his novels just seem to hang around in my mind for days and weeks He creates the mostealistic visuals that I can t seem to forget and he seems to have such an understanding of the human pysche Ben Elton writes unforgettable books Funny dark and always dee. N and Colin and his fellow judges the nation’s favourite mum and the other bloke are about to become ex factors themselvesFrom the best selling author of The First Casualty Popcorn and Dead Famous comes Chart Throb One winner A whole bunch of losers From the Trade Paperback editio.