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Fame Junkies: The Hidden Truths Behind America's Favorite Addiction

Fame Junkies: The Hidden Truths Behind America's Favorite Addiction - Jake Halpern A book about our obsession with fame. In other words, you read this to satisfy the same curiosity that made Halpern write the book in the first place.I picked this book because the blurb said Halpern looks into the psychology of our interest in fame and that's the part that interested me. The book is light on that part - Halpern spends a few pages arguing that celebrity worship is a form of addiction and moves swiftly on to anecdotes about the fame industry itself - stage schools, pension homes for elderly actors and cattle calls for wannabe child stars.It's mildly entertaining to read about the antics of Rod Stewart's biggest fan and to hear about the lengths some parents will go to in trying to fulfil their tot's ambition to be the next Britney Spears, but really this is Discovery Home and Leisure territory rather than serious psychology.