Chart Throb by Ben Elton (quick review)

Ben Elton’s latest novel starts well, suggesting that his sharp and sarcastic wit will be applied to reality TV singing contests (ala Australian Idol). But it does not deliver.

Quick Summary: Promising, but gets repetitive very quickly, and dull by the end. Avoid it.

Most disapointing was the way the characters repeated the same phrases over and over, which while it may reflect the true nature of reality TV, is totally frustrating to read.

The plot was very very simple, and characterisation was not overly good; which is highly unusual for Ben Elton.

The twist at the end (which most of Elton’s books have) is not predictable, but also highly suspect.