Top critical review
21 May 2009
Having read 'High Society', thought I'd try another Ben Elton book.
By comparison to 'High Society' (which I thoroughly enjoyed), I found 'Popcorn' one-dimensional and rather dull. I didn't empathise or sympathise with any of the characters and just couldn't care what happened to them.
The two poor 'white trash' villains were imbued with intellect and debating skills way beyond what might be reasonably expected of them, which detracted from the book's overall credibility.
It lacked the dark humour, plot twists, sustained interest and compassion for many of the characters which made High Society such a compelling read.
'Popcorn' might have made an interesting short story, but to me it seems (over)stretched at a 300+ page novel.