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Fame

The Hijacking of Reality
Narrated by: Justine Bateman
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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 listener inside and outside the emotions of Fame.

©2018 Justine Bateman (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Harmony garcia
  • 15-10-18

Too brash and seemingly whiny....

I love her and get what she is trying to do, but it was just too moany and seemed ungrateful a bit.

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  • Jenniferlovesb00ks
  • 24-10-18

Struggled to follow

I was very excited to listen to this book. I thought I would get an interesting look and perspective on the author's experience with "Fame."

Instead, I got rambling, a lot of rambling. It was hard to listen to all the rambling, especially when she used 1st person, 2nd person, and tossed in 3rd person perspective, in every chapter. It was like listening to someone in a therapy session trying to describe a long (excruciatingly long) dream, or memory, they had, but couldn't quite recall. It was really difficult to listen to.

When she did slip into speaking in complete sentences, and painting a picture of an actual event or story, it was good. However, those moments were fleeting.

Not for me.

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  • R. Hines
  • 07-10-18

nothing new about fame

Justine I wish you WOULD have written a memoir, I am a fan, I think you are cool, beautiful and tough but this book
was disappointing. You probably can't remember what pre fame was like, but guess what, other people feel threatened at times when home alone or walking by themselves even if they aren't famous. Other people get special treatment that ends when they lose their looks, retire from prestigious job, move etc. It's not a revelation that some people get more attention on the red carpet than others or that some assholes treat people poorly that they view as beneath them, that happens to non famous people too. Of course it's to a different degree and being known by everyone is something most of us don't experience and can't relate to but you didn't really talk that much about the psychology of that. You did talk about your theory on the problems with getting famous when you're too young but honestly I wanted more of that.
On you hating memoirs, I love memoirs, its a huge genre for a reason, it's fun to read about someone else's life, it brings us together, helps us connect and understand each other. Why do you have to be so special that someone else has to write a biography about you before you have the right to write a memoir. Everyones life is a study in humanity.
If you don't like memoirs then don't read them, but I wish you would 've written one, it would, I'm sure have been a lot more interesting.

Following a list of fantastic memoirs
Born a Crime Trevor Noah
Shoedog
In Pieces Sally Field
I am Malala
From the corner of the Oval
A Higher Loyalty
After Perfect
I can't make this up
This is me
the last black unicorn
Promise me dad
Running man
Into the magic shop
the rainbow comes and goes
lab girl
A Million miles
Spaceman

These are only some of the wonderful memoirs that have shown me others perspectives, adventures, ways of thinking etc.
Don't short change yourself eliminating this entire genre. Astronauts, politicians, business people, etc.







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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-19

Angry, bitter, narcissistic

I was greatly anticipating gaining insight and/or learning something about fame from this book. I finished feeling incredibly numb for the angry, bitter, narcissistic author who seemed like she was using this book and topic as a vendetta against anyone and everyone who “wronged” her throughout her life. She continuously said “who cares” , “whatever” and “it doesn’t really matter.” Clearly it mattered and still matters.

I was hoping to hear something- ANYTHING- that she learned about fame that she could summarize into some overall lessons about life that she may have learned along the way. Instead, she spewed disgust on everyone and every situation as she analyzed and judged interactions and others in the exact same way that she expresses her disgust in how people have done this to her for her entire life. Sadly and disappointingly hypocritical.

Fame is such an interesting topic. I was looking forward to learning something. I learned that the author is angry and disgusted in life and humanity.

Joy is not found by validating performance- school, directing, writing, producing, scuba diving, pilot license, etc. It’s found in giving of yourself to others and the world around you. This book seemed to have been her attempt to validate her fame or lack thereof. I wish her closure of some sort and ultimately peace and happiness.

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  • Phil Evans
  • 01-05-19

Raw, fascinating, though-provoking

Since she moved on from acting, Justine Bateman has a list of accomplishments that would fill 2 lifetimes for most people... yet she is still judged by the Fame she acquired in her teens and slowly lost. That is the foundation for this book, an analysis of Fame that was a thoroughly enjoying ride for me. (I feel compelled to add, was more powerful on audio format narrated in her own voice.) While this is not a memoir, the personal memories she ties to her points are moving, and her feelings about them are sometimes raw. But that's what make the book so engrossing. Yes, it's is full of F-bombs (didn't bother me, but not for everyone), and occasionally belabors a point. But overall I found it thought-provoking and riveting. The part comparing the line of her fame to the line of how interesting a person she has become just stopped me. I found myself missing her voice & point of view the day after finishing it. An impressive work from someone who has given this a lot of thought and has a lot to say.

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  • ML Beach
  • 24-03-19

Loved it!

Thank you Justine! Beautifully written. I felt like I was riding the highs and lows of fame right along with you. I really appreciate your vulnerability and raw emotions. I felt like I was experiencing what fame feels like through your story. You really unpacked the psychology of fame.

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  • Kerry Berg
  • 01-03-19

Very entertaining! Brilliant!

loved it! Very inspiring and relatable. Her approach to fame is like nothing I've read before.

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  • Katherine Brown
  • 19-10-18

Waste of money

Someone goes into acting and then bellyaches because of the weirdos that come out. Well Duh. Lots of profanity in her book. Lots of other books out there are more interesting. Don’t waste your time on this one.

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  • Nancy Jundi
  • 26-11-18

An Exercise in Suppressed Rage

What began as a hopeful look at the circus mirror that is fame from someone who survived it quickly became a manifesto of rage and mud slinging rife with insecurities.

For as much as Bateman tried to proclaim this wasn’t a memoir, this sure was a litany of personal grievances and “what happened to me” stories that relied on expletives to fill a good third of the book.

Disappointing to say the least. I’d looked for this at my library and they didn’t carry it so I caved to buy the Audible copy. I respect anyone who goes beyond the pigeonhole, and I was eager to read her thoughts on that same idea, but instead this was a diatribe of vitriol toward fans, fellow celebs, media and basically anyone who had ever so much as taken an interest in her work.

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  • Kevin Allen
  • 25-10-18

it's not just about the famous

I was reading a memoir written by a major star. I found it fascinating but ultimately unengaging. I saw Justine on a talk show and then listened to her sample about memoirs and knew this was the book for me. I'm going to start out by saying I wasn't particularly a fan of hers. Not that I didn't get excited to see her on Desperate Housewives but I didn't really watch Family Ties so I didn't know much about her. I was really looking forward to going on the journey with her. She tells her story as a real insider. I really felt like she was pulling back the curtain and letting this mortal in. I liked her her stories about the rise and the inevitable slip. She seems to have a great perspective on her life and fame. I really feel that the things she talks about regarding fame are universal. We all play roles in our lives and identify ourselves as "something". Often our reality is very different from what we project and are perceived. I think that "Fame" is kind of a self help book hidden as a Hollywood story. Justine even hints at that in the end. I recommend this book but there are parts that feel "ugh. here we go again" but get past those because ultimately "Fame" gives these times of "fame at any cost" an interesting perspective.

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