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Fame: The Hijacking of Reality by Justine Bateman

 

Entertainment shows, magazines, websites, and other channels continuously report the latest sightings, heartbreaks, and triumphs of the famous to a seemingly insatiable public. Millions of people go to enormous lengths to achieve Fame. Fame is woven into our lives in ways that may have been unimaginable in years past.

And yet, is Fame even real? Contrary to tangible realities, Fame is one of those “realities” that we, as a society, have made. Why is that and what is it about Fame that drives us to spend so much time, money, and focus to create the framework that maintains its health?

Mining decades of experience, writer, director, producer, and actress Justine Bateman writes a visceral, intimate look at the experience of Fame. Combining the internal reality-shift of the famous, theories on the public’s behavior at each stage of a famous person’s career, and the experiences of other famous performers, Bateman takes the reader inside and outside the emotions of Fame. The book includes twenty-four color photographs to highlight her analysis.

 

 

 

 


Praise:

“If you’ve ever dreamed of being famous someday, you need to read this book. If you’ve ever called a celebrity, a ‘has-been’ or a ‘flash in the pan’ on social media, then you really need to read this book. Justine Bateman has crafted the most compelling and comprehensive treatise on the nature of fame that you’re ever likely to read. Through a fearless act of self-examination, which she conducts with the scientific detachment of an anthropologist, Bateman illuminates both the short- and long-term effects of attempting to navigate the labyrinth of celebrity.”
Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One

“Justine Bateman, in a voice both empathetic and take-no-prisoners, has produced a fascinating look at the psychology of present-day fame. She traces its roots down to humble beginnings in the injured psyche of every human, hoping to find a cure for what ails us all. In these early, heady days of the ascension of social media, in which everyone seems able to fulfill the Warholian dictum of fifteen minutes, Bateman casts a sober, never overly serious eye on today’s media landscape and emerges without cynicism on the hard-won side of love and acceptance.”
David Duchovny, actor, author of Miss Subways

“The Family Ties alum has written the rawest, bleakest book on fame you’re ever likely to read. Bateman’s close-up of the celeb experience features vivid encounters with misogyny, painful meditations on aging in Hollywood, and no shortage of theses on social media’s wrath.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Bateman addresses the reader directly, pouring out her thoughts in a rapid-fire, conversational style. (Hunter S. Thompson is saluted in the acknowledgments.)…But her jittery delivery suits the material–the manic sugar high of celebrity and its inevitable crash. Bateman takes the reader through her entire fame cycle, from TV megastar, whose first movie role was alongside Julia Roberts, to her quieter life today as a filmmaker. She is as relentless with herself as she is with others.”
Washington Post

“Bateman digs into the out-of-control nature of being famous, its psychological aftermath and why we all can’t get enough of it.”
New York Post

“Instead of crashing and burning, Bateman has found a life outside the maelstrom, ably described in this sharp, take-no-prisoners book.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Razor-sharp…Rarely has anyone written so honestly about the experience of being famous. In the interest of better understanding the figures we claim to know and love, Bateman’s book is a must-read.”
Booklist

“Bateman delivers a blisteringly honest analysis of fame and her years in and out of the spotlight…Bateman’s impassioned narrative points out to those who relentlessly seek fame that rather than a blessing, it can be a curse.”
Publishers Weekly

“Justine Bateman was famous before selfies replaced autographs, and bags of fan mail gave way to Twitter shitstorms. And here’s the good news: she took notes along the way. Justine steps through the looking glass of her own celebrity, shatters it, and pieces together, beyond the shards and splinters, a reflection of her true self. The transformation is breathtaking. Revelatory and raucous, fascinating and frightening, Fame is a hell of a ride.”
Michael J. Fox, actor, author of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future



Review:

There is plenty mentioned of I, in first person narration and the collective, writing about the whole spectrum of Fame, and being famous, the pursuit of it, having it, and loosing it, and do you really need it.

Empathically taking you under her wings with satire and liposuctioned red-carpet burning writing, raw and uncensored complexities and theories, a cautionary journey through the toxic and rollercoaster Fame game.

For instance in literary world, Cormac McCarthy a great author, a prime example of an artist that shuns from Fame and interviews, and sometimes with good reason one may say.

For all it’s criticisms, love or hate Fame, it is here, and she takes you through the whirlwind.




 

Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 10 October 2018