3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant but repetitive.,
This review is from: Chart Throb (Paperback)
If you have ever been a fan of any reality TV show, escpecially X-Factor, then you'll find that this book a brilliant read. I can't watch X-Factor anymore beacuse Elton completly shatters all the illusions that Simon Cowell and his producation company try to create. The actual fakeness behind 'reality' TV is uncovered throughout this satirical novel. Sharon Osbourne is shown to be a completely psychotic, egotistical, surgery obsessed, cow. Louis Walsh is made out to have no backbone- only ever doing and saying whatever Simon Cowell tells him. Simon Cowell himself is a pompous idiot who thinks the public are a bunch of morons because he can make them believe anything. Once you've read this- you realise its all true! X-Factor (or 'Chart Throb') is shown to be completely scripted, and the winners are shown to be pre-picked. The contestants are picked because of their desperation or lack of mental normality, rather than their musical talent. Elton goes through the whole X-Factor experience and picks it apart piece by piece.
The only criticsm about this novel is that once Elton has told you it is all fake and that the contestants are all picked for their moronic value, he then goes on to tell you this over and over again. Many paragraphs and pages are a waste of time because he has said them many times before. With the repetition cut out of the novel it would be half as long and would become more concise and to the point rather than just going over the same point over and over again. Still a very funny and quite eye-opening read though!