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LEONORE FLEISCHER
Fame


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Sphere, London, 1980
(price: 1.50; 256 pages)

dedication: For Helen, and it's about time, too


The blurb on the back:

They were SINGERS, DANCES, ACTORS, and they came from every walk of life, from park Avenue to Harlem. Each had his own private barrier to overcome, but they were united by a common dream. This is their story, the struggle of inspired kids and of everyone who strives to be the best, to achieve stardom and FAME.


A generation of western youth grew up watching Fame on TV. Not my generation, of course - we thought it was crap - but some other generation. This, however, has nothing to do with the TV series, since it's the novelization of Alan Parker's 1980 movie that was the first entry in the field. The film got the critical plaudits, but never excited its audience like the Kids From Fame did.

I'm waffling a bit now, but that's 'cos there's really nothing to say. Leonore Fleischer delivers a novelization of Christopher Gore's screenplay, and it's unreadable. Or, to be more precise, no one would ever bother reading it. It's too bloody long, apart from anything else.

The Kids


ARTISTIC MERIT: 1/5
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE:
1/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT:
1/5


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Annie
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