Long Lost Review: Chart Throb by Ben Elton

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Chart Throb

by Ben Elton.

Ben Elton is about to put the “real” back into Reality TV in his biting satire of one of today’s most popular cultural phenomena — the TV talent show.

95,000 hopefuls. Three judges. Just one winner.

And that’s Colin Simms, the genius behind the show.

Colin always wins, because Colin writes the rules. But this year, as he sits smugly in judgment on the mingers, clingers and blingers whom he has pre-selected in his carefully scripted “search” for a star, he has no idea that the rules are changing. The “real” is about to be put back into “reality” television, and Colin and his fellow judges (the nation’s favourite mum and the other bloke) are about to become ex-factors themselves.

From the best-selling author of The First CasualtyPopcorn, and Dead Famous comes Chart Throb. One winner. A whole bunch of losers.

Taken from book blurb

I have extremely vague memories of this book, however I always remember it fondly. While I could not tell you much about the plot, I do remember one character arch that has stuck with me ever since I put the book down.

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How have I only just found out about this show?!

I love Ben Elton – why is this only just coming to my attention 😥😥😥 Either way I have binged the first season of this show and absolutely love it!

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Long Lost Reviews: Blind Faith by Ben Elton

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Are you a blogger who keeps telling themselves you’ll get around to writing reviews, but then don’t. Do you write ‘review to come’ on Goodreads only to let them languish for years? Well then, the blog feature ‘Long Lost Reviews‘ is for you.

The aim of the blog feature is to start tackling your review backlog. Whether it’s an in-depth analysis of how it affected your life, one sentence stating that you only remember the ending, or that you have no recollection of reading the book at all. Let’s tackle your review backlog and dig up some long lost reviews!

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Blind Faith

by Ben Elton.

Imagine a world where everyone knows everything about everybody. Where ‘sharing’ is valued above all, and privacy is considered a dangerous perversion.

Trafford wouldn’t call himself a rebel, but he’s daring to be different, to stand out from the crowd. In his own small ways, he wants to push against the system. But in this world, uniformity is everything. And even tiny defiances won’t go unnoticed.

Ben Elton’s dark, savagely comic novel imagines a post-apocalyptic society where religious intolerance combines with a sex-obsessed, utterly egocentric culture. In this world, nakedness is modesty, independent thought subversive, and ignorance is wisdom.

A chilling vision of what’s to come? Or something rather closer to home?

I remember this book having a really profound effect on me. I remember finishing the last chapter, putting down the book, and then almost deleting my Facebook account. Pretty much since this book, I have cut back on the amount of personal information I let out into the world.

While I haven’t removed my social media presence completely (I mean, hello I am writing this blog), I have dialed back my personal social media presence. Goodreads is telling me I finished this book in 2012 and no word of a lie, it has stuck with me since.

As an author Elton is either really profound or is having a snarky stab at society, in this book he does both.. I think. I cannot for the life of me tell you anything about the plot or this Trafford character, but I can tell you that Blind Faith is a satire about online oversharing and it scared me. 

Once again I cannot tell you if I enjoyed the book or if it was just the message that got to me. I rated it four stars though, so I must have liked it 😛


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