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Elimination Night: A Novel Hardcover – January 8, 2013
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"Sex, drugs and scandal are part of the story, as is a savage portrait of someone who could be mistaken for Ryan Seacrest...[A] fun read." — New York Daily News
"I absolutely adored Elimination Night. I loved Sasha most of all... she's the type of girl you want to be friends with. It's brilliant." — Chick Lit Reviews and News
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“Like a reality-show version of The Devil Wears Prada… with tantalizingly plausible nuggets.” –USA Today
"Elimination Night is as absorbingly entertaining as a certain televised singing competition. The anonymous author's biting roman à clef may seem fueled by hyperbolic satire, but that is the only rational response to the manic microcosm it depicts. Even a noted curmudgeonly judge from the U.K. would have to pass this full-throated send-up on to the next round with flying, hilarious colors.” –Teddy Wayne, author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine and Kapitoil
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While reading Elimination Night was a hoot, I found it difficult to connect with the main character, Sasha(Bill)King. It took almost a hundred pages to decide that I even wanted to finish the book. I loved the backstage antics of the judges, so I kept reading. Joey Lovecraft(Steven Tyler) was especially touching and wise in a ridiculous way. Joey's honesty shined like a beacon in the darkness of the giant egos that put on the show Icon. Joey knew what the game was, yet played it his way, making the show not just about making money, but helping out other singers.
Bibi(Jennifer Lopez), the star judge, was a woman so insecure about herself that she had to have people to do everything for her, including telling her if a contestant was any good or not. How come the more power a woman has, the less she relies on herself? Or so it would seem with the celebrities we read about in the tabloids. Who hasn't heard of Rhianna getting beat up by Chris Brown, and then there's Brittany, who dates bad boys as a way of life. Back the book . . .
The host of the show, Wayne(Ryan Seacrest) is a psychopath, is such a hollow, despicable character, that it's a wonder anyone can work with him. Wayne is the one character that I found hard to believe in this book. Can Ryan really be that bad? I won't give away his most horrendous act, but it's enough to make you lose your breakfast . . . for a week at least.Read more ›
Our heroine, Sasha, has taken a job as an assistant producer on "Project Icon." "Project Icon" is a singing competition which has a panel of three celebrity judges, cattle-call contestant rounds, a sleazy, well-groomed host and which eliminates final contestants by means of viewer call-in results -- sound familiar? Sasha's job as an assistant producer turns out to be a glorified low-level "go-fer" who isn't even important enough to be called by her correct name. (Everyone calls her "Bill," for perfectly legitimate reasons.) What Sasha really wants out of life is to write the "American Novel of Immense Profundity" (she has the first three sentences), and save up enough money to join her boyfriend on the beaches of Hawaii. What she gets is a manic year of dealing with the absurdity of the mammoth egos and power plays of studio bosses, horrid gossip columnists, the judges (one of whom is a paranoid movie star and another who is a aging rock legend), and a myriad of weird contestants looking for fame and fortune.
The book is not just fluff. The characters ring true. For instance, the rock legend, Joey, grows through the book from a cartoonish stereotype to a person who is relatable. The author shows his gumption at clawing his way to the top, and his determination to stay relevant.Read more ›
Ostensibly, the story is about a young TV producer who accidentally finds herself in the mayhem of an "American Idol" like program. A monumental shake up has just occurred within the program as the biggest judge has left for his own show, creating a void that must be filled by a new panel. Sound familiar? With a cast of characters that represent personalities such as Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, and Ryan Seacrest (among others), "Elimination Night" doesn't try to employ cleverness to tell its tale. The plot, such as it is, revolves around one season of the show from the selection of the new judges through the finale night. The central character is simply a stand-in to report on the craziness and nastiness and double standards associated with this type of programming. Her narrative arc is secondary to the book's main purpose.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book bored me and there were way too many details and it was hard to follow at times! It wasn't what I expected.Published 7 months ago by Morningheart
As someone who used to be a BIG fan of American Idol who thinks it has seriously lost steam and appeal since the advent of The Voice and the X Factor, reading this book was a must. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mandisa Parnell
That's what I did with this one. Disappointingly, it never did. An "American Idol" fan, I expected some legitimate behind the scenes backdrop for the author's plot, and some... Read morePublished 12 months ago by P. Finch
If you're a fan of American Idol, you will likely enjoy this book. If you're not a fan (or live in a hole and have no idea what AI even is!) skip it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by JJ Stark
Loved it. Kept me interested throughout. Great book to be on the treadmill with!Published 19 months ago by Korass
It's a hilarious, maddening glimpse behind the scenes of a hit/former hit TV show. A thinly veiled hit at American Idol, right down to the judges' characters (aging rock star =... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Colliemom 3
It's interesting but seemed kind of pointless. what was most intriguing to me was who wrote it and why it was found it the dumpster, thus written by Anonymous.Published 22 months ago by galen kohlmeyer
It was okay. Pretty close to the show American Idol. I read it over a lengthy period of time, because it was not riveting. Read morePublished 22 months ago by db