21 Sep

Fame by Tilly Bagshawe, 2011

The captivating FameI don’t know what to say about Tilly Bagshawe’s Fame. There’s just so much wrong with it – the writing, the plot, the cover, the blurb. But it’s a trashy beach read, so what did I expect? Wuthering Heights?*

It’s all very Jackie Collins-esque. Set around the filming and promotion of a Massive Hollywood Movie, the book is populated with several apparently jaw-droppingly gorgeous film stars, powerful directors, bitter wives, and a quiet but determined girl who doesn’t know how beautiful and wonderful she truly is. There are sex scenes in which women orgasm at a single touch, and, conversely, romantic scenes in which couples get engaged before even making it to first base.

There’s also writing like this:

“All you need to be fighting for is your strength,” said Dorian soberly, marvelling for the thousandth time at Sabrina’s limitless ambition. Even with a broken heart, and having just emerged from a coma, she was thinking about her next career move.

See? A coma! And a plucky comeback from a coma! That’s the mark of a quality read if ever there was one.

By the way, the blurb doesn’t seem to be about this book – I don’t think whoever wrote it has actually read Fame. It mentions three – yes, THREE! – events that aren’t in the book. Come ON Tilly Bagshawe! Did you really sign off on this? You, who wrote the following sexy, sexy passage?

Her hair spread out across the bedspread like an arc of peacock feathers, and her breasts rose and fell beneath the delicate lace of her bra like two ripe peaches quivering on a tree.

(Ah yes, the peacock-feathered quivering peach tree. I know it well.)

Also, the woman on the front cover doesn’t resemble anyone in the book.

But Fame is what it is. Yeah, it’s trashy, but I admit I was compelled to make it to the end so I could find out what the hell happened to the characters (and yes, it was just as odd as I’d hoped).

So… well played, Tilly, well played.

*This is an in-joke, as the movie they’re filming is actually an adaptation of Wuthering Heights. The 0% of my readership who have read Fame would know that.

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4 Responses to “Fame”

  1. Aimee Scott (@aimks) September 21, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    That coma quote seriously has to be the worst writing I have ever read. Also I can’t see where the asterisk refers to, am I just overtired?? And 0% of your readership has read Fame or Wuthering Heights. I’ve read WH 🙂 Six times 🙂 🙂

    • literatechicken September 22, 2011 at 12:04 am #

      Well, that’s embarrassing – I left out the first asterisk, then made that final sentence a little ambiguous. I’ve now edited it to reflect what the hell I meant. And what I meant is that 0% of my readership have read Fame – I knew SOME (ie, you, Miss Aimee Scott) would have read WH!

      And that coma quote was actually sparkling compared to some of the other passages (and plotlines)… I couldn’t resist quoting it here though.

  2. M.J. Hearle September 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Brilliant review! I’m almost tempted to pick it up myself. Either the author of Fame is a comic genius or wrote the book with crayons on butchers paper.

  3. Aekb October 18, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    What a great review! I actually laughed out loud while reading it! (Not such an amazing thing until you consider that I was at a food court…by myself. People tend to look at you when you’re sitting alone and start laughing out loud!)

    –The American Inner-West Dweller

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