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Dead Famous by Ben Elton

Dead Famous (original 2001; edition 2001)

by Ben Elton

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Title:Dead Famous
Authors:Ben Elton
Info:Bantam Press (2001), Paperback, 279 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:fiction, reality tv, satire, murder, mystery, england

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Dead Famous by Ben Elton (2001)


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I wanted to read this novel because Ben Elton, co wrote Blackadder which is one of my favourite tv series ever so when I saw he had written a book, I thought I would give it a go. I don't read a lot of contemporary novels as I like to escape when I read, so reading about the *real world* isn't escaping, in my mind.

Like the summary of the book says, the plot is based around a reality tv programme, where ten contestants are constantly on camera, being watched by the public. This is very much like the tv series Big Brother, and in essence this book is taking a swing at reality tv shows like this one.

The plot was alright, the author kept the killer a secret until the very end of the novel, although I had guessed who did it about two thirds of the way through. There are also enough background information about the different characters, so that anybody could have been the murderer, they all could have had motives to do it. Also Elton doesn't give away who was murdered until about half way through the novel, which was clever, but was a bit annoying as it felt like the novel was written in a secretive way, which took away from the story.

The 10 contestants in the house were all right as characters but I felt they were all a bit cliched and weren't really like people are in the real world. The police detective was a likeable character but his constant moaning about the people in the tv programme was a tad grating at times.

Overall this is an ok novel that I probably won't read again but if you like contemporary detective novls with a reality tv series, this one is for you.
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  ACascadeofBooks | Oct 5, 2016 |
This book was super topical when Big Brother was first on screen and is some brilliant social commentary. I love Ben Elton's way of writing: He can make you see the POV of even the most unlikable of characters - people you would never chose to associate with can suddenly be people you feel compassion and sympathy for - in this case the shallow and vapid contestants on Big Brother style show "Peeping Tom".
Fast paced and entertaining. ( )
  SashaM | Apr 20, 2016 |
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17/06/08 not sure I'll finish this book

18/06/08 I did finish the book. It's pretty good as a whodunit, but the characters drove me crazy although I did learn some new British slang - who knew "bog" was slang for toilet?! We left North American before the whole reality tv fad started so although we've occasionally watched some episodes of the French versions, we've never really gotten into it and I have trouble understanding the appeal of either being on or watching such a show. ( )
  Susanna.Dilliott | Apr 23, 2014 |
While it is a bit dated I did enjoy this book despite not particularly liking any of the characters. Unfortunately it would appear I have read it previously as I knew who had done it (and why). ( )
  SpicyCat | Jan 5, 2013 |
The characters are clearly stolen from the first couple of series of Big Brother and not in a particularly sophisticated way. The author shoe-horns his pet rants and comedy routines into the plot. I found the lampooning of a TV series desperate to get some sex in, by writing a book with gratuitous sex scenes, rather hypocritical, but then sex sells. The who-dunnit is predictable, with one character after another set up as an obvious suspect; I worked out the solution long before it was revealed. Having said that, I did like the trick of not naming the victim until half way through - it really got you to focus on the characters. So, totally trashy and unoriginal, but I did rather like it, and it made me laugh. ( )
  eclecticdodo | Jun 23, 2012 |
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With thanks to:
In the UK: Andrew, Anna, Caroline, Claire, Craig, Darren, Mel, Nichola, Nick, Sada and Tom and Amma, Brian, Dean, Elizabeth, Bubble, Helen, Josh, Narinder, Penny, Paul and Stuart;
and in Australia: Andy, Anita, Ben, Blair, Christina, Gordon, Jemma, Johnnie, Lisa, Peter, Rachel, Sara-Marie, Sharna and Todd,
Without whom this novel would not have been written.
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One house, ten contestants, thirty cameras, forty microphones, one murder...and no evidence.
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One house, ten contestants, thirty cameras, and forty microphones. Everybody knows the rules—total strangers are forced to live together while the rest of the country watches them do it. However, on day 27, one of the housemates is killed on live TV. Who is the murderer? How did they manage to kill under the constant gaze of the television cameras? Why did they do it? And who will be next?

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