Glitterati by Oliver K. Langmead
5/17/22; 288 pages
Glitterati by Oliver K. Langmead is a highly recommended satirical, allegorical dystopian novel.
Simone is one of the beautiful people, the Glitterati. The Glitterati
are at the top echelon of society, the extremely wealthy leisure class
who all closely follow the rules of fashion. They ardently follow the
daily couture magazines on trends, the rules of what to wear on each day
of the week, and how to act in every situation. No one wants to be one
of the unfashionable or ugly people. The pinnacle of the top of the
Glitterati would be to set a new fashion trend.
Then several disconcerting events happen to Simone and his wife Georgie. Simone has, shudder, a nosebleed at fellow fashionista Justine's party and he asks her to make sure there are no pictures of it. Justine instead takes this incident and steals it, using it to set a new trend. The second event was when Georgie and Simone find a child in their garden. The creature, as they are unsure exactly what this is, is dressed in another shudder, denim. They shoo it into their greenhouse for the time being but have to deal with her more later.
The vapid Glitterati are living in a weird dystopian world of their
choosing and their concerns are so removed from any reality it is
farcical. This is actually a humorous novel throughout the majority of
the plot and you will find yourself laughing at the absurdity. Within
the narrative Glitterati is also a satire which becomes
allegorical as it exposes uncomfortable truths about a wealthy ruling
leisure class that is disconnected with all reality, like children, and
are totally consumed with themselves, fashion, and appearances.
Character development is present, as Simone goes through a drastic
change which is a major part of the denouement. I was actually surprised
at how much I enjoyed this novel by the end. The introduction to the
Glitterati and their obsessions was interesting and funny, but I did
wonder where the plot was going to go as their lives were too silly and
tedious to hold your attention throughout a novel. Readers should keep
reading until they reach the event that changes things and results in
real depth to the character of Simone; it will be obvious.
Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Titan Books.