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Dead Famous - Ben Elton - Bogormen
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Dead Famous - Ben Elton
Title: Dead Famous
Author: Ben Elton
Genre: Suspense
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 382
Date read: July, 2009

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?

I was completely fascinated by this book from the very first page. A murder committed in a "Big Brother"-type environment would have seemed impossible to achieve - and certainly very easy to solve - so how could it make for an interesting book? Yet Ben Elton manages to pull it off. I had great difficulties putting it down, and was completely taken aback by the ending... which, granted, wasn't all that likely, even if it was plausible.

The atmosphere of "Big Brother" was spot on (at least as seen in the Danish version), which is actually the sole reason for the one star taken off - I always felt kinda dirty or voyeuristic watching that show, and Ben Elton managed to achieve the exact same result from me reading... to which I guess I should say "Well done!"

Perfect for a quick summer read... but now I feel like rereading "Guilt by Association" by Gilbert Morris, as "Dead Famous" reminded me quite a bit of it... that's not a bad thing though.

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From: bookwormwhit Date: July 3rd, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
'm intrigued by your review, I'll have to keep an eye out for this one. Also, I felt the same way about the American version of Big Brother, I always felt embarrassed by purposely intruding on people's private moments.
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