In Hollywood, fame can be found on every corner and behind any door. You just have to know where to look for it. Nineteen-year-old Madison Parker made a name for herself as best frenemy of nice-girl-next-door Jane Roberts on the hot reality show L.A. Candy. Now Madison's ready for her turn in the spotlight and she'll stop at nothing to get it. Sure, she's the star of a new show, but with backstabbing friends and suspicious family members trying to bring her down, Madison has her work cut out for her. Plus, there's a new nice girl in "reality" town—aspiring actress Carmen Price, the daughter of Hollywood royalty—and she's a lot more experienced at playing the fame game... When the camera's start rolling, whose star will shine brighter?
Filled with characters both familiar and new, Lauren Conrad's series about the highs and lows of being famous delivers Hollywood gossip and drama at every turn.
Lauren Katherine Conrad, often referred to as "L.C.", is an American television personality and an aspiring fashion designer. She is best known for being featured in the MTV reality series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and for her spin-off show, The Hills, which follows her personal and professional life as she pursues a career in the fashion industry. She earns an estimated $1.5 million annually for her television appearances, fashion line, and product endorsements.
I have never read Lauren Conrad’s L.A. Candy series. To be totally honest, I considered them somewhat autobiographical considering Conrad’s well-televised history and the concept matter. And, being brutally honest, I never cared much about either show she was on.
It was only after I saw my sister-in-law ravenously reading her books that I thought I would give them a try, and I feel like I owe Ms. Conrad an apology. I judged her books based on pre-conceived notions of who she was as a person, and I was wrong. The only reason I’m acknowledging this is because I have a sinking suspicion that I’m not the only person to feel this way.
While I doubt this series will win a noble prize, The Fame Game is fun. It’s very much a feel-good, don’t take things too seriously kind of book. It’s very much in the same vein as Gossip Girl, The Lying Game, and Pretty Little Liars. These are all series that have developed a strong fanbase because they are just good, guilty-pleasure fun.
I found myself genuinely enjoying Madison and following her exploits throughout the book. Yes, some of the situations were over the top and somewhat ridiculous, but it made me laugh and smile frequently. Conrad has a knack for writing amusing, vivid characters. And I’m a sucker for the exploits of a celebrity-esque world. You have to admit, if ever there was a case to me made for “Write what you know,” Conrad has that down cold.
The writing is a bit green at times, with Conrad having a habit of flat out telling a situation versus letting it unfold before the reader, but that is a thing that comes with time. I have no doubt if I went back and read her first series, I would see quite a bit of growth as a writer.
I really hope other people will set aside their preconceptions of this author (and other celebrity authors) and give this book a fair shot. I can admit that had there been an unknown author name attached to this book, I would have more than likely picked this up before now. Shame on me for that. But shame on you if you feel the same way I did and you don’t give this book a shot. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
I really enjoyed this book, after reading the La Candy books, I enoyed this book out of all the ones she has written. I feel like its the best book she has written so far and her writing has improved a lot. I really liked the character of Carmen, and i enjoyed madison a lot more. She seemed a lot more human than just an evil villian who was out to get anyone who stole her limelight. While i did see the cliffhanger coming, I really enjoyed this book and I cant wait for the next one. These books are my guilty pleasure.
The Fame Game is a wonderful story about 4 ladies who are cast to be in a "reality" TV show called The Fame Game. There are many characters, supporting actors if you will, helping to make the story believable.
There is Hollywood romance, the rich (and not so rich) and famous (and not so famous) in the story. The reader gets an inside view into what's real and what's not real in the world of "celebuspawns." Readers will find characters they love, some they'll hate, and some that will confuse the hell of them them.
As I read the story and had my predictions as to who would do what and to whom celebrity status would be given, which relationships would work and which would not, I found myself not too accurate. The ending has a twist that I am still pondering and asking myself, "Why on earth..."
If you love lots and lots of allusions to stars such as Simon Cowell and TV reality shows such as American Idol, you'll love this book and you'll have familiar with many of the people and places mentioned in the book.
Vacation reread and while I did enjoy it I think this one stayed with me more than the La candy read as I remembered most of the plot, which was a shame. Madison was a bit annoying in this one and she was also confusing at times with how she acted. Didn't like they added the dad already. Luke was meh. Also wasn't a fan of Carmen in the end. The ending.. Madison please.
I am normally not one to like Reality Tv Shows, mostly I find them idiotic and silly, but for some reason I love them when they are a setting in a book. :)
We got 4 girls, but only 3 POVs (which I found too bad, because I would have loved our fourth girl to also get a chance to shine). All girls have something special. We got 2 girls who want to be actresses and one who wants to be a singer. I am not sure what Gaby wanted, but it seems to involve stuff like interviewing celebrities and talking to people.
My favourite characters would have to be Kate and Carmen. Especially Kate. Kate was really the girl-next-door, the girl trying to make it, the girl still pure and innocent. While Carmen was already deep into the world of Hollywood and the workings of it. I really liked their friendship, though I was sad when a certain event happened that caused cracks to form. Out of all the people I didn't expect Carmen to be like that. I would expect such behaviour from Madison or Gaby.
Madison was the most annoying character, and at times I really liked her, but at other times I got sick of her attitude, her I-am-amazing-and-everyone-else-sucks-tude. I got quite tired of her whining and complaining. Her family situation just seemed weird and it didn't fit. Maybe because I haven't read the first series and I only see Madison in this one, but it all just seems so plastic, so fake. And I was glad I was right about Madison's dad. Too bad Madison didn't notice until it was (again) too late.
The show itself and the whole reality thing around it was interesting and fun. I really hope the girls will make it and won't fall for all the fake and treacherous things that surround them.
We also got various side-characters. Some of them awesome, and some (like Kate's boyfriend) annoying and horrendous. But they make the book even better, they add that dramatic element that makes it more like a reality tv show.
I will be sure to read the rest of this series, and I will also be getting the first series too. Because I want to know what happened there.
An unsolicited Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.
The Fame Game starts off with Madison Parker, a character also in Lauren Conrad's other books L.A. Candy. She gets offered a spot on a new reality show called The Fame Game about four girls trying to make it big in Hollywood. Her fellow cast-mates include Gaby, Kate and Carmen. Carmen is the daughter of celebrity A-listers, and Madison just can't handle the fact that she is up against a star whose star burns brighter than her own.
So I haven't read L. A. Candy and I don't plan to. I'm not one to read books that are full of Gucci one liners and so-called friends stab each other in the back trying to get ahead. I've watched The Hills, and yes it was entertaining but the TV show was a lot better than reading a book about people's exploits. I couldn't help but cringe as I read. There was very little plot. I only wished Madison was as bitchy as she sounded, and schemes herself into being the spotlight. Sure her father who abandoned her and her sister who messed with her life came back into her life was entertaining but it wasn't enough.
Every character except sweetheart Kate were into designer clothes, cars and trips and had no ounce of kindness. Although Carmen is kinder than most she still did something shady enough to not gain my trust. I'd like to say I'm gunning for Kate Meyers to be the star and still be true self while not letting fame and fortune faze her.
The writing is decent to say the least. We get into each of their heads including producer Trevor who wants nothing more than a hit reality show and money in the bank. I'm disappointed at the lack of back stabbing and scheming just because the blurb at the back hinted there would be. Lauren Conrad is definitely immersed in how reality shows are made and you can tell her own experience had shadowed what her characters go through.
Ok, so i read this book because i have read the past three in the series and I had been a fan of the books when i was younger so when i saw this had been brought out I jumped at the opportunity. The book had a similar style of writing as the previous three and although i enjoyed the light read, the book didn't do it for me as apposed to the others in the series. I don't know whether this is to do with being older and having read more books in the meantime but i just didn't get into it as much as I hoped. Despite the disappointment in it, I did prefer the two main characters in this book better. I also thought the ending wasn't that great and i don't believe the story was rounded off well but i'm guessing they're going to be bringing out another book in the series which I know I will have to read just to see what happens.
This is truly embarrasing...but I love, absolutley love, Lauren Conrad's books, so far. All of them. The LA Candy series, and now this one. It must be because she knows so much about the world behind reality TV, or something, because I ate this book up. I read it in basically one day, loving the new characters and still hating Madison, and being annoyed by Gaby. I really do miss Jane and Scarlett, but I LOVE Kate, the singer-songwriter in the book. She's the most down-to-earth; the most likeable. I do, however, like how the book is basically done from Madison's perspective because it makes it hard to completely hate her, and a book is no fun when you hate the main character. This book was really good. I really liked it, maybe a little more than LA Candy. But, still. It's a great read. You should read it, for sure
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the Fame Game series. I haven't read the LA Candy series so I met Madison for the first time here. Although I think she was a very one dimensional character, she does develop throughout the book and even further in the rest of the series. I liked the idea of each character being quite stereotypical because I think we relate to them well under these circumstances. Watching MTV and other reality shows will present you with these four basic character types quickly and the introduction of them in the book helps the audience to connect. I think their development takes the book a little further than what you'd watch on The Hills or The City etc and that's interesting to see.
However, I think there are a few characters that needed a lot more development, like Gaby. Her involvement seems pointless and silly.
What can I say. I did not like this book. I have read the L.A. Candy series. I liked those books but this one is a total failure in my opinion. Nothing really happens in the book and the story is pretty much the same as in L.A. Candy. Like I said nothing really happens, only at the 10 or 20 last pages something interesting happens but then the book is finished all of a sudden. I know that this is part one but still, this is not a good way to end a book. Furthermore I think the book is really unoriginal and predictable. I can't recommend this book and I don't think I wil be reading the second part.
Starting this book off, i thought it would be more like the first book, L.A. Candy. I was a little bit disappointed to find out that Jane, the main character of the first series of books, wasn't even in it, but the villain, Madison,the most hated character in the first series, was one of the main characters. I don't think that it was a good idea to write out Jane because she was the most relatable. Though The Fame Game disappointed me a bit, it was a good book and full of entertainment. It was another Lauren Conrad book about the start of a reality show created by Trevor Lord of Pop T.V. Overall, I thought the book was good.
Ik heb er voor gekozen om dit boek te DNF'en. Waarom? Ik heb sowieso al een deel gemist door de eerdere serie niet gelezen te hebben. Ik ben niet zo geïnteresseerd in het verhaal en kan het me niet zo schelen wat er met de personages gebeurt. Het is niet dat het verhaal slecht is, helemaal niet, maar ik weet nu al dat ik dit boek toch ga raten met een rating van max 3*. Waarom zou ik het dan toch uit gaan lezen en kostbare tijd aan dit boek besteden??? Ik wil liever een boek lezen waar ik echt benieuwd naar ben en dit boek hoort daar niet bij. Jammer.
I've been a fan of Lauren Conrad since Laguna Beach and I loved The Hills--it was my guilty pleasure. I even went to her book signing for L.A. Candy in Austin, TX. Her books are entertaining fluff. It's much like watching Reality TV in that it doesn't require much thought and is entertaining. I love how she provides an insider's behind-the-scenes look at the world of "Reality" TV. I also like that she made Madison more human in this book. I look forward to reading the rest of the series
As I haven’t read the previous trilogy, “LA Candy”, I didn’t really have a baseline to work with in terms of how to handle/what to think of Conrad’s writing. I was pleasantly surprised – though I feel this might have needed one more draft to work on the “showing, not telling” part of the technical area of things, but otherwise I found this to be quite the readable little morsel of how things work in Hollywood. Though this departs from my usual fare, it was definitely a fun read, and for those who aren’t a fan of reality TV, well, this book will teach you a few things about how it really works.
If anything, I found myself wondering as I read, how much of this is autobiographical in nature? From the blurbs of “LA Candy”, I have the feeling that the first trilogy was most likely autobiographically based, but this time, I wondered – is Conrad really personifying herself more than ever within the character of Madison in this new series? Is she really writing how she’s felt about being in reality TV in more detail than before, more brutally than before? Conrad pulls no punches and really plunges us into Madison’s POV, very nicely set as a 3rd close POV in terms of writing. I have to hand it to her – had she decided to use 1st person, it would have been a lot harder to switch around to all of the different characters and their pieces of exposition, so this was quite well done. She was able to shift to each character as needed
I guess you could say that I had low expectations, because I was dealing with an unknown quantity – I’d watched some of “The Hills”, heard of the shenanigans that happened with her roles on reality TV, but I’d never really read her writing. This was a very pleasant surprise – Conrad, with said experience of this bubble within Hollywood, does not spare the reader any details, does not handle them with kid gloves, and really gives us as the audience the real meat we crave in terms of details of what really goes on behind the scenes. When she wants to use her sensory language, she can use it pretty well. However, I feel like she still needs to work on that department because there was a fair amount of telling that went on in a good chunk of the book.
“So Usagi”, you say, “Why give it four out of five stars? You HATE chick lit! WTF?”
Well, dear reader, simply for the entertainment value. The final few chapters were a great payoff to the telling that did go on, so much so that I was actually pretty satisfied with the end product. Even though there was some serious work needed in the sensory language department (but that can only come from learning from one’s craft, I suppose?), this book was such a guilty pleasure and so fun to read (and not to mention educational) that I wound up enjoying it way more than I thought I would. I have the feeling that this would make a great vacation or beach read this summer, and it’s nice because there’s no deep thinking required – you’re just going along with Madison and the other girls for the ride. And sometimes, as much as I hate to admit it, is very much needed. Plus, Conrad doesn’t spare her reader and she really tortures her characters – and I love it when authors aren’t afraid to do that.
So, final verdict? Give it a read. You’ll be able to read this book without having to read the previous trilogy, and it’s definitely one of those guilty pleasure reads. It’s a lot of fun, and I’m considering reading the next one that’s due to come out in November. “The Fame Game” hits stores on April 3, 2012 in North America (elsewhere, ask your local bookseller) and the sequel, “Starstruck” is due out in November. If you want something to relax with, this is the book for you. I had a lot of fun with it, so be sure and give it a try for yourself.
(posted to goodreads, shelfari, and birthofanewwitch.wordpress.com)
The Fame Game is not something I would usually pick up but I am so glad I did, it is an all round fun read. I loved all the bitching and backstabbing and also the love/hate characters. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Fame Game and I think most people will too.
The Fame Game is going to be a new reality show on POP T.V. It will bring together four girls that are trying to make it big in Hollywood. On the show will be: Madison Parker, who has been seen on L.A. Candy & Madison's Makeovers. Carmen Curtis, who is the daughter of Hollywood royalty. Kate Hayes, who is a waitress in a coffee shop and an aspiring musician. She attends open mike nights and has big You Tube hits on her song covers.And Gaby, who doesn't do very much, she was in L.A. Candy with Madison.
All four girls are thrown together and as you can imagine attitudes take over, between Madison and Carmen especially, they don't like each other at all. Kate is not used to the high life and everything it entails.
There is allot going on behind the scenes of the filming of the show, Madison's sister makes an appearance with their long lost dad, which is a complete nightmare. Kate has a love interest with a guy called Luke (who is an actor) but his agent says she will be bad for his career, so he doesn't correct the rumours that he is dating co-star Carmen Curtis. And Gaby is just Gaby, she can't do anything right and isn't really that bright.
I loved the ending of the book, Madison who I had a love/hate relationship with, I ended up really liking her character. I cannot wait to read what happens in the next instalment of The Fame Game, when the show airs and the girls are thrust into the limelight. What more bitching and lies will go on when the four girls are paired off against each other?
My favourite characters:
Kate: She is down to earth, likeable and totally relatable. She has a regular job and is working her butt off to try and make something out of her life, with her music. She is normal and not used to the Hollywood lifestyle, but could it change her in future books?
Madison: As I said before she is a love to hate character. She is the ultimate bitch and looks down on everyone and everything. But we see a crack in Madison Parker's armour and see her softer side poking through. The book really wouldn't be the same without her in it.
*Special thanks to HarperCollins for the review copy*
I've never watched Lauren Conrad on either of her reality shows and I really don't even like reality TV that much, only a select few choices. But I've been mildly curious about her books, and it was available through the library, no I would not buy this, so I decided to check it out. And I actually kind of liked it.
From the very first chapter I realized The Fame Game was full of drama, but what else can you expect from a book about reality TV right? This story is about 4 girls, and yes they are girls still, who are trying to make it in Hollywood and do it front of everyone in America by being broadcasted on T.V. Madison is one of the stars of L.A. Candy, a previous reality show also produced by Trevor Lord. Madison's own show Madison's Makeovers is not doing so well so Madison is only to happy to jump at the chance of being cast for this second series. Madison is also the girl you love to hate. She is mean and selfish and comes across as a fame whore. But underneath that facade you actually get to see glimpses of a semi decent girl who had a rough start in life. Kate is a relatively new comer to L.A. She is a struggling musician that came to Hollywood after her YouTube rendition of her own take of Cyndi Lauper's "Girl's Just Want to Have Fun", did extremely well. Kate is a beautiful and really genuine nice girl, but a little bit boring and she desperately needs a makeover if she wants to make it big. Carmen is Hollywood royalty already. She is an upcoming actress and a child of famous parents, successful singer Cassandra and big time record producer Philip Curtis. Surprisingly Carmen is not the stuck up mean girl you would expect. She is pretty down to earth but she she still needs a bit of a reality check when it comes to her friendship with Kate. And then there is Gaby. She is the ditzy sidekick of Madison who was also on L.A. Candy I believe. You can't help but want to force feed this girl with her non existent eating and knock on her head and see if it's hollow. But her part is so minor you almost forget about her character at times.
I have to say that the some of the characters were not very deep or developed all that well but then again this is just not that kind of book. It was written to provide lots of drama and it definitely did deliver.
I don't remember much of what happened in L.A. Candy so I have nothing to compare this to. BUT, I just love to be reminded of the MTV reality TV life and I could read this with Natasha Bedingfield's Unwritten playing on loop.
This was a reread because the next two books (which I haven't read! I couldn't get my hands on them back in 2015) are on their way.
I remember ACTUALLY being pleasantly surprised by how good Lauren Conrad's writing was. And that opinion still stands today!
Reading this was refreshing.
[1st - 13/1/15 - 14/1/15]
Just like the L.A. Candy trilogy, I think it is an OK book.
Rating: 3/5 stars
This series is a spin-off to Conrad's previous trilogy, having Madison Parker (L.A. Candy's bitchiest villain) as the main pro(?)tagonist. Just like the rest, it bears a strong resemblance to Laguna Beach or The Hills. Nothing so dramatic throughout this first book, just the same as the previous ones. Slightly disappointed on how the book promised a "more devious" plot and it did not happen. It's more of an introductory book, establishing the arrival of three new characters on the series/casts of the show, The Fame Game. It needed more drama, surely.
I might consider L.A. for my third year in university this coming August (the other being London).
Okay i will admit that Lauren Conrad's book were my guilty pleasure. In my defense, with the mid term exam coming up and my unsuccessful attempt to digest the first chapter of Foucault's Pendulum, The Fame Game is a total thirst quencher.
So, Madison, the arch enemy and the antagonist villain from the previous installment of L.A Candy is back with a new show. Her antagonistic nature brings her worst side when POP TV wants her in a new reality TV, the Fame Game which was more 'realistic' than its predecessor, L.A Candy. In Fame Game world, tabloids and gossips column does exist and of course, the manufactured scandals were still there.
I was absolutely amazed by how easy it is to read and I spent half a day--or a night, reading this. Probably my biggest guilty pleasure of the year (though it's only april) :)
I won the Uncorrected proof version of this book, and it just came in the mail. I can't wait til I have the chance to read it!
After reading -
This work was written beautifully. The characters were very well developed as well as the setting. I was nervous reading this because I didn't read "L.A. Candy" But this was really easy to follow and I enjoyed it.
I only gave this book three stars based on:
1. Writing Style 2. Idea 3. Character development
Other then that I didn't have much to say. I like the idea about the book and what Lauren was trying to get at. It gave you some insight about the behind the scenes of reality T.V., instead of what we get to see on the screen. All in all this is just something that didn't catch my interest.
Well, thanks for listing it for $1.99 so I could read it HarperCollins, but it was as I expected, just Lauren Hill rehashing The Hills in a "fictional" way. The characters were flat and the plotline was boring as well as predictable. The foreshadowing was so heavy that it left nothing up to the imagination. About half the book is all place names and product names and designer clothes and descriptions of clothes... like we get it. You like fashion, but this is a book, it's supposed to be about people and events, not what they're wearing every second. So boring. I wanted to like it. I love reality TV, I thought it was going to be a good fictional behind-the-scenes type of book, but there was only a little of that, not enough to get me to ever buy another one of her books, ever.
This book started off fun but halfway through it was clear this is basically a rip off of L.A. Candy. I also thought this would follow Madison's life in more detail but then again, it follows the 'nice girl' Kate (our new Jane). Not that I would like to know more about Madison, because she is truly stupid, dumb and too full of herself. I'll probably finish the trilogy, but I'm not that eager to do it right now.
Initially I thought I would not be into this series as much as LA Candy because I couldn't stand Madison. Surprise, surprise, I'm hooked again. Nobody is too deep, we have no rocket scientists here but come on, it's a book about life on a reality tv show. Anyone bashing the book obviously didn't read the dust jacket. Another fun, easy read. And who knew? I actually don't totally hate Madison anymore. Nice job, Lauren.
Ik had niet verwacht dat ik "The Fame Game" zo leuk zou vinden als ik het vind. Ik kwam vlot door het verhaal heen. Daarnaast kwam het verhaal sneller op gang dan "L.A. Candy". Ik had ook niet verwacht om Madison Parker sympathiek te gaan vinden, maar ik ben haar aardig gaan vinden...
Reality or not? There's so much to say about how far you're willing to go for FAME. This story situates around four women; Madison, Carmen, Kate, & Gabby. They each are seeking to be famous but at what cost? Throughout the story, you'll see how each thing we take for granted; relationships, love, family, privacy, & forgiveness, are lost to each character.