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Summary

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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  • 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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  • Julie Bergstrom
  • 04-04-20

BOO-Fu@#ing-HOO!

Ms. Bateman berates us at how bad we treated her when she was famous and how bad we treated her when her fame dropped. If you want to get ferociously yelled at and insulted for hours on end, listen to this book!

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  • The Bliss Broker ⚡
  • 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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  • 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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  • ProfessorGuy
  • 14-04-21

Unique analysis

Justine’s analysis of that ineffable phenomenon of fame is extremely thorough, rigorous, honest, and heartfelt. Her experience within fame and without gave the reader a unique perspective. Justine’s un-memoir is second to none in its quality and relevance. She clearly cares that any one of us who reads/listens to her work find their own voice and contribution to our world. Thanks, Justine, for being unabashedly you and for sharing your life with us here for the betterment of humanity.

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  • Christopher Caldwell
  • 22-04-20

Loved this book

i was aware that Justine Bateman was talented as an actor and director, but after listening to her audiobook , it's clear she is also a very intelligent woman. The way she was able to convey her experiences with such authenticity and emotion pulled me in. i finished this in one day. I loved this book for many reasons. Mostly I enjoyed that Bateman narrated it herself. She is a gifted writer and I hope she writes another book on her observations about life, because I'll buy it immediately.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-20

How many times do you need to say F***?

I didn't like this book. I was expecting too, but was very disappointed. I couldn't even finish it.

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  • Frances deVries
  • 22-07-21

Captivating audible book & great life insights

I really loved Justine Bateman's Fame. It held my attention throughout and had some pretty deep psychological & life insights. Her experiences are something everyone can identify with, even if you've never achieved any fame. A lot of interesting thoughts on social hierarchies, people-pleasing, and what's the real meaning of life. Really interesting take on fame being something projected back out onto the famous person and out of their control. It was a pretty fascinating take. I got a lot out of it that I can apply to my own life... how I can deal with looking older and not getting as much attention, dealing with my current identity crisis and coming out the other side.

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  • Tiffany
  • 22-05-21

A Highly Intelligent Take

This was an illuminating and honest raw book that I had underestimated. It was so well written and had me change my way of thinking about so many things in regards to celebrity culture. Absolutely fascinating revelations and deeply thought out observations and concepts expressed by Justine Bateman.

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  • liz rosbrugh
  • 11-07-20

Awful

Requested a return. Senseless blather, painfully narrated by an extremely irritating voice. Don't waste your time.

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