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Chart Throb | Paperback

Released on 04 June 2007

Author: Ben Elton | Format: Paperback

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Chart Throb is the ultimate pop quest. There are ninety five thousand hopefuls, three judges, just one winner. And that's Calvin Simms, the genius behind the show. Calvin always wins because Calvin writes the rules. But this year, as he sits smugly in judgement upon the mingers, clingers and blingers, he has no idea that the rules are changing.

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 Not Ben Elton's best!

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I'm a big fan of Ben Elton and bought this book in hardback as soon as it came out but I wish I'd saved my money as its not very good.

The book is well written and gives a good insight into shows like 'The X-factor' and 'American Idol' but to be honest I didn't find the characters or the plot that interesting.

It's passable and an OK read but i would much rather read any of his other books. Definately won't be reading this one again.

 Bit of a let down

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I've read every Elton book going and I've thoroughly enjoyed every one of them (well maybe Blast from the past was a bit of an effort to read at times) but this effort goes straight to the bottom of the pile unfortunately.

As the reviewer "below" me mentions, it is quite an interesting idea on how shows like Pop Idol and X Factor work, and it does make me wonder if it really COULD be like that (Elton clearly thinks so) but apart from this then the characters are very dull. Ironically, the characters themselves raise this point in the book.

The first and last 80 pages or so are quite interesting but the middle bits really are a bit of an effort at times.

If you didn't know, Elton has written another satirical novel based on another reality TV show - Dead Famous - and I can highly recommend that. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Chart Throb.

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AuthorBen Elton
PublisherTransworld Publishers Ltd (GB)
Year2007
ISBN9780552773768
FormatPaperback - 464 Pages