Todays' Mini Reviews post focus on books versus TV shows. One book (LA Candy) is inspired by a reality show (The Hills), the other book I review has made the opposite journey and has been made into a TV show (Lipstick Jungle).
LA Candy - Lauren Barnholdt
As a new fan of The Hills, I couldn't resist reading LA Candy! And - surprisingly - I really enjoyed it! LA Candy is of course heavenly influenced by Lauren Conrad's personal experience in the reality TV world. Jane and Scarlett's story is very similar to Lauren and Heidi's story. Unimaginative perhaps - but also very fascinating. While reading tons of questions like "Did this happen to Lauren too?" and "Who in The Hills is X supposed to be?" popped into my mind.
Even if you aren't a The Hills fan, this book offers a great insight into the reality TV business, and it leaves you wondering just how much in the shows are actually "reality" and how much are set up by the producers?
Rating: 3.75 of 5
Lipstick Jungle - Candace Bushnell
I haven't watched the TV show Lipstick Jungle, so I can't say whether the show stay true to the book or not. I can say however, that Lipstick Jungle offers an interesting insight to the life of successful business women. What does it take to be on top? How much are you willing to sacrifice to become successful? One thing is certain - staying on top is much harder than getting to the top! Just ask Nico, Wendy and Victory - all women, New Yorkers, ambitious, successful and powerful - but not perfect, they all have problems like everyone else...
Rating: 3 of 5