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rank 4146
word count 10387
date submitted 16.08.2010
date updated 15.05.2011
genres: Fiction, Popular Culture, Comedy
classification: moderate
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Unfamous

Emma Morgan

Everyone's intrigued when a celebrity sidekick publishes her memoirs - apart from the tabloid hack who originally wrote them... So whose improbable tale is true?

 

When celebrity sidekick Stacey Blyth gets her memoirs serialised, everyone's intrigued - what's so special about this scrawny blonde also-ran? The answer: she's the heir to an immense fortune. Or so she says... A tabloid hack who befriended her on the showbiz circuit is sceptical - she thought she was Stacey's official biographer and her blogged recollections of their time spent together, piecing together Ms Blyth's murky past, don't exactly tally with the excerpts in the papers... So is Stacey Blyth the richest girl in the world - or an absolute fabulist?

Complete at 65,000 words - available now from Amazon's Kindle Store: http://amzn.to/mFsHSk

 
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a-list, amnesia, celebrity, inheritance, memoirs, rehab, tabloid

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Miss Wells wrote 1436 days ago

This is fabulous. Great voice. Incisive satirical prose. Wonderful how you’ve got so much intelligence into a novel ostensibly about superficiality. A splendid and very funny indictment of the times in which we live. I'll be coming back for some more of this. Big thumbs up from me.

J. Moore wrote 1441 days ago

I like this a lot. I just kept reading and reading. The character is funny, her voice is unique; I can really pick up her supercilious attitude in the way she talks. Yet there's a real Caulfieldesque cynicism in it too. Awesome. Entertaining and engaging, this sounds satirical more than anything. Anyone with contempt for celebrities (or even fascination of them, I suppose) should read this. Loved it. Backed.

J. Moore
Vigilante

D K Willis wrote 1412 days ago

Emma, Your book takes off like a rocket. The humor and style allows the reader to be immediately drawn into your story. It is beautifully crafted. I found myself chuckling and then laughing out loud. It's also a fascinating glimpse into a world some of us have only imagined. Good job. Backed with pleasure.

JREdwards wrote 1173 days ago

Really enjoying this- would love to see more of this up. Incredibly humorous (I'm much more of a book than TV person, but for a while somehow ended up working in the showbiz and music industry, and the narrator's voice, especially in the first chapter, completely cracks me up- I've met Elton John- brilliant!)
I'm very impressed with the manner you pull off the superficial tone without making it sound cliched, or sounding like this you're this way yourself.

Jewels Diva wrote 1281 days ago

Interesting! You're not Stacey are you?

Backed.

Jewels Diva

Life and Death Adventures in London.

Pia wrote 1288 days ago

Emma -

Unfamous - Great title. Stacey's voice is surreally intriguiging and drew me right into her story. It's a sub-culture I am only familiar with through the media, yet the threads you weave captured me. Your style of writing works brilliantly, the irony bites. Came back to refresh an earlier comment and rate this with a handful of stars. Pia (Course of Mirrors)

fletcherkovich wrote 1343 days ago

Emma-


I admit this book has a very strong inquiry about life, its purpose and where it leads us. Every angle of this book is full of psychological substance that would encourage the reader to keep reading and dig out the mystery that covers it. The opening scene beautifully draws a stable foundation of the book’s aim and the way the author describes the introduction really leaves a good picture that symbolizes the nature of contradictions in life. Good intentions. Characters are manipulated well together with great dialogues. The plot is weaved together with the substantial thematic emphasis. I believed that your book just deserves the praise and the claps. I appreciate reading a high quality product of literature. I tried backing it but then it cant register. I am sorry. Anyways, good luck to you and your writing career.

FLETCH

Kaimaparamban wrote 1343 days ago

Hi Emma, Your subject in this novel is seem to be a new one. You are explaining a mind of a lady, not a physical body. Outputs from heroine's mind is conversating with readers.

Joy J. Kaimaparamban
The Wildfire

Sly80 wrote 1394 days ago

You've got the voice of Celebrity off to a T - a smarter Jordan with a better sense of humour (even if it's mostly unintentional) 'it's as cold as boiling water is hot'. Famous and amnesic, an interesting combination. Hm out of one hospital, into another. I wonder why. Rehab! An excellent place for a gossip, and Stacy can gossip and bitch for England. Oh, so it's not Stacy who is the heiress...

A switch to Chiara and another version of the truth. Reading this, I am convinced that you, Emma, must have similar expertise to know so much: professional clipping services, Google alerts to Blackberrys (music and film writer, I see). Sadly, the Golden Goose got gutted, and we arrive back at the hospital where we started.

Wicked comedy with an 'insider' feel to go with the themes of identity theft, gossip columns, fashion and celebrity - a hilarious world of lies and disguise, and one about which we need feel no guilt laughing our heads of at its superficial stupidity. I can see this being a best seller ... backed.

Possible nits: You can use till rather than 'til. 'I hsd angered'.

Gavin Lane wrote 1397 days ago

Hi Emma,

I like this very much. Your colloquial prose is accurate and easy to relate to, though not in a crass observational way. The jerky, tabloid intertextuality and stream-of-consciousness style you employ could take you into cliched 'chick-lit' territory, but, from what I've read so far, you avoid this nicely. I like that you don't take an age to get cracking with the story (mainly because I'm not a fan of reading reams of exposition on my laptop:) and the themes you're hitting upon interest me and have certainly influenced my work. Having read the first few chapters, I'm not sure if this style would pall over the duration of an entire novel, but I'll read on and comment back if I have anything to add.

Commercially speaking (soulless as it is,) I think some of your references might limit your scope for overseas readership (particularly, I noticed a Porridge reference.) Having lived in London I enjoy your style but I'm not sure how it would play abroad. But then that never stopped Nick Hornby.

Thanks for the read, and well done.

Gavin

CarolinaAl wrote 1403 days ago

You've populated this hysterical story with colorful and quirky personalities. Fresh dialogue. Wacky, thought-provoking narrative. Great voice. Tantalizing storyline. Assured writing. A fun read. Backed.

A. Zoomer wrote 1405 days ago

UNFAMOUS

Oh EM,
I love this writing from the first sentence on.

The spoof on magazines is brilliant.

I support this book with enthusiasm.

Only suggestion is to look at the title. I want the title to zing more. Infamy?
And i am thinking each chapter could read like a header in a celebrity mag.

Love it.

A Zoomer
Going Out in Style

JD Revene wrote 1405 days ago

Emma,

Great voice and intriuging opening. The delivery is chick lit style, but I get a sense there's more going on here. Excellent stuff, delivered with confidence.

One observation on the first chapter. You write:

Its as cold as boiling water is cold.

and I wondered whether the second 'cold' was supposed to be 'hot'.

Otherwise nothing to offer.

Backed

Sandrine wrote 1410 days ago

you really should get in touch with Oli (sorry for the enigmatic tweets) who puts together www.gupterpunchermagazine.wordpress.com which is the funniest (and best-written) spoof film zine ever (especially as you see to share a love of Point Break - me too).

This is very cool. If you're anywhere near the Oxford area, would you be up for reading from it some time - I run a monthly gig at the O3 gallery in Oxford Castle and I'd love to put something together dissecting celebdom.
Best
Dan

Jack Hughes wrote 1412 days ago

Hello Emma. This is a great book with an excellent narrative viewpoint. I love the way you combine the self-contradictory thoughts of the conscious with the events going on in the opening chapter. Not an easy thing to get right but you've certainly managed it. Sharp and cleverly written, a good expose on the facile nature of the pop and 'celeb' culture. Fantastic work, best of luck.

Backed with pleasure.

Jack Hughes
Dawn of Shadows

D K Willis wrote 1412 days ago

Emma, Your book takes off like a rocket. The humor and style allows the reader to be immediately drawn into your story. It is beautifully crafted. I found myself chuckling and then laughing out loud. It's also a fascinating glimpse into a world some of us have only imagined. Good job. Backed with pleasure.

J.S.Watts wrote 1412 days ago

Our Stacey is hardly a sympathetic character, at least not in the chapters I have read, but she's authentically false and shallow and very much 'now'. The story moves along at a slick pace, is stylish, polished and amusing and, I would have thought, would leap of ff the shelves once published.

J.S.Watts
A DARKER MOON

Elizabeth Wolfe wrote 1419 days ago

Dear Emma,
Love your stream of consciousness style writing! Hiking in heels - ouch! This book is fun, witty, immediate, fabulous!

BACKED
Elizabeth Wolfe (MEMORIES OF GLORY)

lionel25 wrote 1427 days ago

Emma, I read up to Chapter 3. This is a smooth read. I like how you switch between the first-person voices. Good job on that. There's a true-to-life feel about your style.

Happy to back your work.

Joffrey (The Silver Spoon Effect)

SRFire wrote 1429 days ago

This is both funny and compelling. You have a unique voice which I enjoyed listening to. Backed with pleasure, Sana x

drachat wrote 1431 days ago

This is well-written and funny at times, even though it's not a funny subject. You are brought in to the MC's issues in life with the same fascination the world has with tabloids.

Very well-done and happily backed
Denise

"Road to Redemption: From Cop's Daughter to Convicted Felon"

alva wrote 1433 days ago

this is fun and well written. quite fresh, compared to much of the competition. good luck!

Peter Wild wrote 1435 days ago

This unusual story flows really well - helped by the highly-individual voice of the MC. I'd lighten up on the italics, which sometimes work and other times not, but this is a book that could be enjoyably read in a couple of days. Backed with best wishes!
Peter Wild
Double Action

Eunice Attwood wrote 1435 days ago

Very funny and 'absloutely fabulous dahling! Backed with pleasure. Eunice - The Temple Dancer.

Pia wrote 1436 days ago

Emma -

Unfamous - Great title. Stacey's voice is so intriguiging it drew me right into her story. It's a sub-culture I am not familiar with, but the premise made me curious about the threads weaving on. So whatever you do, it works.

Backed, Pia (Course of Mirrors)

Miss Wells wrote 1436 days ago

This is fabulous. Great voice. Incisive satirical prose. Wonderful how you’ve got so much intelligence into a novel ostensibly about superficiality. A splendid and very funny indictment of the times in which we live. I'll be coming back for some more of this. Big thumbs up from me.

Peter Wild wrote 1438 days ago

Emma
I think this is brilliant - or at least excellent now, and potentially brilliant!
So I'm going to back it.
Peter Wild
Double Action

KirkH wrote 1438 days ago

I love the writing style and plot. This will make a great comedy story. Backed.
Kirk
"How to Steal a Lion"

J. Moore wrote 1441 days ago

I like this a lot. I just kept reading and reading. The character is funny, her voice is unique; I can really pick up her supercilious attitude in the way she talks. Yet there's a real Caulfieldesque cynicism in it too. Awesome. Entertaining and engaging, this sounds satirical more than anything. Anyone with contempt for celebrities (or even fascination of them, I suppose) should read this. Loved it. Backed.

J. Moore
Vigilante

Caroline Hartman wrote 1441 days ago

Hello Emma,
What a ramble through shallow but savvy brain cells. My heart goes out to this girl. She's not prepared for her world, but this girl is dumb like a fox. I think she'll survive. At first, I kept thinking, this isn't my thing,but I kept reading and reading, so you are doing something right. I avoid the tabloids but you've got the mentality down pat. Just great Emma. I was so busy reading that I didn't see one nit. I wish you all the luck. I hope you are published.
Caroline
KC Hart
Summer Rose

missyfleming_22 wrote 1441 days ago

I loved this!! Your main character has such an awesome voice, I really enjoyed being inside of her head. Most people love a good celebrity scandal whether they admit it or not! All the pop culture references make this so much fun. I myself love books that show the ugly/fascinating underside of Hollywood so I instantly loved this. I'm going to try and read more but for now, I'm hooked!

Missy

Bocri wrote 1441 days ago

20 August 2010
Excuse my language but what an abso--bloody--lutely brilliant opening for a book, like an all too casual Oscar putdown. With today's widespread fascination, rightly or wrongly, with celebrity and the pervasive stench of 'spin' in virtually all aspects of communication Unfamous has an immediate topicality. (Can't get over that opening! Respect!) The part about the river and coat had resonance with me in that a long time ago the only reason I didn't follow through on mine was it was November and my coat was relatively new! I digress. This prose of this work is snappy, zany to a degree and business like and does exactly what it says on the tin. Conflicting descriptions? I know, but read the novel, it is a totally engrossing read. BACKED. Robert Davidson. The Tuzla Run.

name falied moderation wrote 1442 days ago

Dear Emma

It is so good to see that your book was well recived. I have already commented and backed your book, and as at times the backing have not shown, i will back your again, just to MAKE SURE.
I do wish you the very best with your writing
Denise
The Letter

Niobrara Kardnova wrote 1442 days ago

OK, I'm really confused here. I read The Hawk and the Beast yesterday. Is this the sequel? In the tone of Stacey/Narcissa, "Well, whatever. The stories float my boat, so I won't bunch the old knickers about 'em." Both books on my shelf. Very enjoyable.
Niobrar Kardnova (Family Irregulars)

GK Stritch wrote 1442 days ago

Dear Emma Morgan,

You're so funny. Why don't you list humor in your tags? That might draw more readers to your very entertaining Unfamous.

Backed and best wishes.

GK Stritch
CBGB Was My High School (featuring the famous and unfamous, too.)
Please have a look. Thanks.

klouholmes wrote 1442 days ago

Hi Emma, An amusing beginning and the jigsaw of Stacy's memory really pulled me in. I liked the "I go" instead of "I said" - very colloquial. The style and dialogue is bouncy like her, nicely reflecting. And the file they've stolen - this complicates quickly and intrigues. Shelved - Katherine (The Swan Bonnet)

Kevin Alex Baker wrote 1442 days ago

Emma,

You do a wonderful job here creating not only a voice for Stacey, but original and fun thought patterns for her narration. You've clearly got a great grasp on your character, and it shows in the powerful writing.

Nice work! Backed! Looking forward to your thoughts on Head Games!

Kevin Alex Baker
Head Games

paperbat wrote 1443 days ago

The tale made me smile. I definately like ms Blyth. Nice readable length. BACKED.
My book is a short childrens book - paperbat Adventures. Appreciate a look / backing, if you like it.
Jerry - paperbat

SusieGulick wrote 1443 days ago

You are totally fantastic, Emma! :) How can I ever thank you enough for backing my 2 memoir books? :)
God bless you. :) Love, Susie :)

Craig Ellis wrote 1443 days ago

Intriguing opening chapter, inside the head of a celebrity. It was an eye opener. a lot of tension that grabbed and held my interest. This is very well written.

Backed with pleasure.

Craig Ellis
The Sun and the Saber

Burgio wrote 1443 days ago

UNFAMOUS
This is an entertaining story. Stacey is a great main character; she’s feisty and opinionated and ready to take on all comers (liked the way she made the point she was wearing underpants for her jump into the river). The story is a walk into the world of celebrities; a world very different from my own. I’m happy to add it to my shelf. If you have a moment, would you look at mine (Grain of Salt)? I’m in 3rd place but only holding on by my teeth. Burgio

SusieGulick wrote 1443 days ago

Dear Emma, I got so excited when I saw that you had backed my memoir book, "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not." :) I really do appreciate it. :) Could you take a moment to back my other memoir book, "Tell Me True Love Stories?" :) p.s. I'll be #17 to put your book on my watchlist. :)

K.Z. Freeman wrote 1443 days ago

quite masterfuly presented, not my favorite subject and not a book I would pick up (unforuntnetly) but still, I can appriciate good writing in any genre.

Andrew Burans wrote 1443 days ago

You have finely crafted a most unique and compelling storyline and created a fascinating main character in Stacey. I do like your choice of using the first person narrative voice, it helps bring her alive. Your use of short paragraphs and crisp, realistic dialogue keeps the pace of your story flowing well. And all of this coupled with your descriptive writing makes your work a pleasure to read. Gladly backed.

Cheers,
Andrew Burans
The Reluctant Warrior: The Beginning

name falied moderation wrote 1445 days ago

Dear Emma

I have started to read your writing and must say that it is compelling. Already you have established your animated characters in my head, ( they are not leaving soon) and i feel strongly to back your book now. I do wish to be part of your climb to the top on this site. CONGRATS and I will comment more as I read more
BACKED BY ME FOR SURE.
Please take a moment to look, comment which is important to me, and back my book. if not that is OK also

The VERY best of luck to you

Denise
The Letter

Christian Piatt wrote 1445 days ago

Emma:
I always enjoy "insider" types of stories. You seem to have combined both the intrigue of showbiz with a character that commands enough sympathy to make her more three-dimensional. I wonder if you've considered gearing this toward a YA market? seems it might have broad appeal there.
Best of luck with your book. Backed.
Peace,
Christian Piatt
PULLING THE GOALIE

SusieGulick wrote 1445 days ago

Dear Emma, I love the intrigue of your celebrity & if she's rich? Great write with appealing pitching & nice crisp dialogue & paragraphs to make me keep reading. :) Hope you'll write a lot more books. :) I've backed your book & hope you'll back my 2 memoir books. :) Thanks. :) Love, Susie :)

Melcom wrote 1445 days ago

I REALLY think you're onto something here, everyone (except me apparently) wants to know about the stars and their awesome lives!!

Your writing is some of the strongest I've seen on the site and it's not often I've said that I assure you.

Brilliant work and very, very happy to shelve such amazing talent.

Melxxxx

Frank James wrote 1445 days ago

To Emma Morgan'
Haven't we all, at one time or another wondered how various 'stars' got onto our television screens. I liked this work and wish it well.

Frank James (The Contractor)

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