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Dead Famous By Ben Elton Dead Famous One house ten contestants thirty cameras forty microphones one murder and no evidence Dead Famous is a killer read from Ben Elton Reality TV as you ve never seen it before

  • Title: Dead Famous
  • Author: Ben Elton
  • ISBN: 9780552999458
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dead Famous By Ben Elton One house, ten contestants, thirty cameras, forty microphones, one murder and no evidence.Dead Famous is a killer read from Ben Elton Reality TV as you ve never seen it before.
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    1. Cass on said:

      I am laying in bed, wedged firmly in between my two sleeping daughters and one husband desperately wishing I owned this book in ebook form Alas, I bought the hard copy and it is sitting in the lounge room where it will have to remain, unfinished, until tomorrow Can you tell I have enjoyed the book I have heard it said that Ben Elton becomes repetitive in his books I have to agree, but I enjoy it, I love it He has a way of mocking types of people by caricaturing them in his writing He makes them [...]

    2. Karschtl on said:

      The cover says One house Ten contestants Thirty cameras Forty microphones One survivor You think Big Brother You re right Here it s called House Arrest , produced by Peeping Tom Productions You know from the beginning that one of the inmates will be killed on day 27 But you have to wait until page 200 to find out who will it be and how Normally you would think that a murder in a house full of cameras is easy to solve cause the whole thing must be on video But it is possible, which makes work for [...]

    3. Tanja Berg on said:

      Ten contestants are put in a big brother style house, participants in a TV program called House Arrest After a while one of the candidates gets murdered We know this from the first page, but who gets killed isn t revealed until half way through Despite the cameras it s not obvious who the killer is.The characters are vivid and realistic The house mates all have strategy to win the half million pound money prize for various reasons They all want fame and to advance their careers in TV or as actor [...]

    4. Olga Godim on said:

      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 still didn t know who was murdered Why should I care The story follows two plotlines The first plotline is a filming of an imaginary reality TV show House Arrest Ten people are trapped in one small house [...]

    5. Marina Finlayson on said:

      A highly entertaining comment on society s current infatuation with reality TV, this novel features a Big Brother type show with the addition of a real on screen murder At least half the housemates have a motive, so the curmudgeonly old detective assigned to the case has a tough job ahead of him It s a clever whodunnit, and the final scene where the detective reveals the murderer with some prime time television theatrics of his own is great fun.

    6. Hannah on said:

      Ben Elton successfully combines his talents in writing comedy and detective fiction in Dead Famous As a person who watches very little TV, I hadn t the faintest clue what Big Brother was when I read this book years ago, so I just found myself amused by the idea that so many obnoxious people could have been packed into the same house How little I knew I found the interactions between the contestants extremely interesting, particularly the hatred that they managed to mask for the people they had t [...]

    7. Audrey on said:

      Chloe met Layla at the door of the limo She looked rock chick stunning in black leather trousers and a black leather bra, while Layla looked hippie chick stunning in a tie dye silk sarong and cropped silk singlet The women hugged and kissed as if they were long lost sisters instead of complete strangers, one of whom was paid to talk to the other one Synopsis How could it be possible to get away with murder in an entirely sealed environment, every inch of which was covered in television cameras a [...]

    8. Alex on said:

      Ben Elton s ear for satire is frequently made of tin Maybe people in the UK speak as his designated vapid characters do, but they all speak exactly the same as each other, and most of what they say is foreign to Australian ears But Dead Famous comes before the excesses of the likes of Chart Throb or Blind Faith, and is therefore only marginally unbelievable It s not too hard to suspend disbelief, except in frequent jarring moments like one character calling semen bollock champagne.Dead Famous wa [...]

    9. Annika Astradsson on said:

      This is a book about people in a reality show 10 people airheads are locked into a house filled with cameras and one of them is murdered there, and still no one sees the identity of the killer I ll admit it s a good plot I ll admit I really like everything negative this gives Ben Elton an opportunity to say about reality shows I ll even admit I like his way of writing And though I do enjoy ironic books and films where silly, egotistical people are knocked out of their inflated opinion of themsel [...]

    10. Maria Elmvang on said:

      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 difficulties putting it down, and was completely taken aback by the ending which, granted, wasn t all that likely, even if it was plausible.The atmosphere of Big Brother was spot on at least as seen in the Danish v [...]

    11. Mike Mckeon on said:

      Fun intelligent read A murder happens unnoticed in a sealed Big Brother style house broadcast live He really delves into the psyhces of the characters, those who hate reality shows, those who love them those who sign up to be on them.

    12. Jeeves Williams on said:

      If Dead Famous were a Subway sandwich, the meat would be a murder mystery, and the sauce would be the sprinklings of Elton s renowned style of satirical wit and ironic humour And by heck, is this a delicious sandwich So scrumptious in fact, this being my first taste of a Ben Elton BLT, I rushed to the bookstore halfway through to get all the other flavours Now my bookshelf is weighed down by every one of his sarcastic stories, from Stark to Meltdown.We re presented with a detective, Chief Inspec [...]

    13. Simon Taylor on said:

      Ben Elton turns his dark wit to Big Brother and its spawn with his dramedy Dead Famous The premise is as you would expect a handful of strangers being filmed in a house 24 7 with evictions occurring on a weekly basis The twist somebody inside this CCTV rigged house manages to get themselves murdered.The novel is structured in such a way that it takes advantage of the omnipotent time stamps which pervade the genre there are no chapters, only days and times respective to how long the competition h [...]

    14. Christian Leonard Quale on said:

      Dead Famous has an extremely promising premise You have a Big Brother like reality show with a bunch of contestants who are locked in a house and being filmed around the clock One of the contestants gets murdered on live television Considering the circumstances, this should be a very easy case to solve Turns out, solving this case is far from easy.Unfortunately I found the execution of the story to be quite flawed It s not quite a bad book, but it could have been so much .My first problem become [...]

    15. paper on said:

      This book really surprised me I started listening to it as an audiobook and at first, I hated it After the first CD 40 pages or so , I put it away in disgust, annoyed with the writing style, the characters and the author s apparent political views But, eventually, the time came when I was stuck in my car with nothing new to listen to And I was curious about the premise how could a murder mystery arise when the murder was committed under the all seeing cameras of Big Brother Peeping Tom So I put [...]

    16. Lachlan Smith on said:

      One House Ten contestants One winner shouts the narrator during the opening credits of the Big Brother like reality program House Arrest House Arrest is a program that sees ten contestants vie for the public s attention to win half a million pounds, and the show is in its third season The critics do not think that the series will last very long, but they had no idea what was in store because what the opening credits don t tell you is that, on day twenty seven in the house, one of the contestants [...]

    17. Helen on said:

      Reality tv We all know there is nothing real about it but this book lays bare the thinking behind the weekly segments of so called real life goldfish bowl existence The housemates appear to have all volunteered because they want to be famous As appears so common these days they don t want to be famous as or for anything, just famous The only one who didn t volunteer is Woggle the anarchist, who was persuaded to join by the series owner and director who wanted an irritant Woggle doesn t last long [...]

    18. trishtrash on said:

      Satisfying, smirk out loud whodunnit set in the Reality TV cradle of the Peeping Tom house, a direct and pointed send up of Big Brother A contestant is murdered under the watchful eye of thirty cameras, millions of viewers, and nine of the victim s competitors, and still escapes undetected Enter the mildly ranging to wildly disgusted detective Coleridge whose weary pedantry lifts him and his investigation nicely above the parody label, so that the reader can enjoy the mystery element as much as [...]

    19. Ben on said:

      At first, I found the book quite irritating, for the simple reason that the housemates were irritating, and so were the main characters to an extent and the person who was killed was not revealed until about page 200, which I found to be quite aggravating to begin with.However, as it developed, I understood how this added drama and tension to the novel, and it made it much interesting The book definitely became intense as it went along, concluding in an explosive and unexpected manner, for whi [...]

    20. Dylan on said:

      On one level, Dead Famous is a largely forgettable attempt to capitalize on a pop cultural fad Ben Elton s acid observations about the exploitative, cynical nature of reality television are or less true, but reality TV is an incredibly easy target and I doubt anything Dead Famous says was a new insight even in 2001 As a social commentary, it s not wrong, but it s also not all that valuable As a murder mystery though, it s pretty good The writing is fast and funny, the structure of the mystery w [...]

    21. Quentin Feduchin on said:

      I read this book so many years ago that I couldn t remember much about it In fact I wasn t aware I d read it until half way And even then I wasn t sure who dunnit.It s about a Big Brother type TV program and it s pretty excruciating The police superintendent and his staff have to watch all the episodes, and most of the stuff wasn t even shown on TV, and it s pretty horrible.But it s sexy in parts, stupid of course, funny in a horrible filthy kind of way, ugly where the show owner is involved, bu [...]

    22. Rosemary on said:

      I think you really have to have seen the early years of Big Brother and perhaps the British version to enjoy this There s a lot of sex, slang and over the top satire of the cult of celebrity, reality shows and the TV companies that produce them It s dated already the word of the day is still wicked , not awesome or even cool but it really brought back those early Big Brother series and I found it very funny in a dreadful sort of way.

    23. Cameron on said:

      Read because I m looking at reality TV in fiction The plot had its highlights, but was overly complicated, the first half of the book was way too preachy about the evils of reality TV, and it was very cheesy Not a boring book, though.

    24. Alex Robinson on said:

      Works as both mystery and scathing critique of reality shows and the society that watches creates them.

    25. Petra Prpic on said:

      I found it very disturbing but I liked the mystery of the murder.

    26. Anna on said:

      Enjoyable read, I liked the irony and the stretching of the imagination in it Found the old style detective novel ending entertaining too.

    27. Sunsettowers on said:

      Contestants are locked in a house for a Big Brother style British reality show called House Arrest But then one of them is murdered, and even though the murder itself was caught on camera, the police find themselves in the middle of a complicated, twisted case they may not be able to solve.I watch a lot of reality TV though not Big Brother , so I loved a mystery that was centered around a reality show Elton does a brilliant job of playing around with the reality show contestant stereotypes and t [...]

    28. Goldenwattle on said:

      This book got better and better as I read the ending clinching an extra star House Arrest is based on Big Brother, a show I watched less than ten minutes of, being subjected to inane people and their inane conversation, by then deciding it was a show of very boring people I would have no interest in meeting placed into a situation, which made them even boring This book supposedly satirises them I say supposedly , because satire takes something and twists it to make fun of it As far as I could s [...]

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