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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
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Dec 28, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: own, books-read-2012
Read from April 08 to 14, 2012

I have read every single Libba Bray book including the first in her new series ‘The Diviners’. She is hands down one of my favourite authors. Everything she writes, though ridiculously diverse in genre, is amazing, quirky, and funny but also deeply reflective. Beauty Queens is probably her funniest book, but its also probably one of her most reflective as it lays out there a laugh-out-loud, cutting critique of our obsession with reality TV, celebrity and image. A group of teen beauty queens find themselves crashed on a ‘Lost’ like island, and quickly things descend into the female version of ‘Lord of the Flies’. Even funnier is the quirky little asides throughout the book about the expectations of the studio putting on the beauty contest. As the reality of the situation becomes apparent, the girls, like their male ‘Lord of the flies’ counterparts either rise or fall. It’s the kind of book you almost can’t describe, you simply have to tell people to read it. The characters are diverse, and their reasons for being the beauty contest in the first place are equally so. Perhaps most fascinating/horrifying is the attitude of the TV studio and their involvement in the whole thing. It all seems too terrible to be true, but after reading some of which has come out over the last few years, and the impacts of music/movie/TV studios etc on people like Britney and Kesha, I’ve come to appreciate that in fact, its probably not far away from what really happens. A very, very, very funny book for some important reflections on the society we live in (okay at least here in the West!).

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