- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers; Revised ed. edition (September 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552999458
- ISBN-13: 978-0552999458
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One house, ten contestants, thirty cameras, forty microphones, one murder… and no evidence. A Number–One Bestseller in Britain, Dead Famous is a killer of a read from Ben Elton—Reality TV as you’ ve never seen it before. Ben Elton’s television credits include The Young Ones, Blackadder, and The Thin Blue Line. He is also the author of a string of best–selling novels, including Popcorn, which won the Crime Writers’ Association Golden Dagger Award, Blast from the Past, and Inconceivable.
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Added to this, however, is a satirization of the ubiquitous generational division (young, beautiful contestants, each wanting their 15 miutes of fame; young, hip police officers who have watched the show and believe they know the suspects from what they've seen on T.V., and a curmudgeonly older lead investigator who is out of touch with pop culture) as well as a biting social commentary on reality television in general. On the premise of the program, Elton writes, "Marvelous! ... An opportunity to spend an entire evening watching someone you don't know being asked to leave a house you've never been to by a group of people you've never even met and of whom you'll never hear of again. It's hard to imagine a more riveting scenario." On the people who are in the show and who produce the show, Elton writes, "It's Stockholm Syndrome, you know ...When captives fall in love with their tormentors ... and begin to rely on them, to trust them. I mean, how can that girl not have realized that as far as we're concerned she's a prop, and extra, to beused, abused and utterly misrepresented as we see fit?"
The structure, the premise, the writing and the portrayal of both contestants in and producers of reality television all warrant five stars. This was my first Ben Elton book, but if this is at all indicitive of his work, I will be sure to read more by him. I highly recommend _Dead Famous_.