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Only a slight exaggeration of the real thing!,
This review is from: Chart Throb (Paperback)
What better way to celebrate the launch of the new series of the X Factor than reading Chart Throb, a thinly-disguised satire of reality TV pop "talent" shows. With the contestants categorised behind the scenes as mingers, blingers and clingers rather than singers and clever editing used to heighten their vulnerabilities and influence the voting, the fiction is only a slight exaggeration of the fact.
As usual Ben Elton captures the zeitgeist excellently in this fast-moving page-turner with a plethora of little comments as we go showing his incredible perception. Perhaps it's a little too fast-moving as my only criticisms are that the last 100 or so pages about the televised part of the contest seem a little rushed and the twist at the end of the story is unrealistic, unclimactic and ineffective.
An uncharacteristically poor ending aside, Chart Throb is an excellent, contemporary read which only just exaggerates the modern entertainment phenomenon which is reality TV.