Lauren Conrad – reality television star, fashion designer and now author?
Los Angeles is all about hot clubs, cute guys, designer … everything. Nineteen-year-old Jane Roberts and her BFF, Scarlett, can’t wait to start living it up. And when a TV producer wants them to star in a “reality version of Sex and the City,” they can hardly believe their luck. Their own show? Yes, please!
Soon Jane is television’s hottest star and she’s lapping up the VIP treatment with her entourage of new pals. But those same friends are also angling for a piece of her spotlight. In a city filled with people chasing their dreams, it’s not long before Jane realises that everyone wants something from her and nothing is what it seems to be.
Any regular readers of this blog will know I’m a fan of reality television, so when I found out Lauren Conrad, star of my favourite reality shows Laguna Beach and The Hills, was releasing a fictional book series based on a group of girls who are discovered in LA to star on new reality show LA Candy I had to try it out.
Sure, she claims it’s fictional, but the girls in the book share very similar characteristics to those that have appeared in the shows’ with Conrad and she has admitted herself she “relates” to lead character Jane Roberts. Surely then, it’s not a coincidence that the character Jane is featured in many situations and scenarios that have been encountered by Conrad herself since being in the public eye.
Many cynics will say that Conrad did have a collaborator when writing the books, but many public figures do these days. My biggest complaint about all three of the books in the series is that they provide only a quick read. (I managed to read one of them over two days) However, the reads are entertaining and enjoyable none-the-less. The popularity of the series is also shown through the amount of book sales, the first book in the series was number 1 in the New York Times Bestseller list.
It will never be said that this book series is a great work of fiction, but it is fair to say that it is filled with characters that you can relate to and a world in which you can immerse yourself in, you really do relate to the characters.
My favourite character is Scarlett Harp, Jane’s best friend, as you really see her character develop throughout the series. She falls in love for the first time, deals with friendship issues in dignified way and is supportive of the other characters. The sickingly sweet Gaby provides the light-hearted entertainment as a ditzy airhead who eventually gets sucked into the Hollywood scene. The final “star” of LA Candy is Madison, a girl desperate for the limelight at any cost, literally, as she has spent thousands on plastic surgery to perfect her look, although she doesn’t go unnoticed by all the ghosts from her past …
I would definitely recommend this book to any fan of reality television as it gives a great insight into the behind-the-scenes elements of filming reality television, such as how to shoot different angles of the same event and also the problem the girls’ have with the microphones and how they can’t ever really get away from the ever-watching producers of the show.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars
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