Places from talented author Simon Plaster, is her latest satirical novel featuring a small town reporter, Henrietta, who is from the actual little town of Henryetta, Oklahoma. In Spots, Henrietta travels to Oklahoma City, where the novel is mainly developed, to report on the days leading up to a television awards ceremony in which awards are given to the best actors / actresses from TVC or television commercials, also known as “Places.” Because of this, in addition to Henrietta and her mother, Wynona Sue, many recurring characters from Plaster’s other novels in the series do not appear in Spots, but that is more than made up for by their cast of new characters, including those of famous commercials. , as William Shatner, the insurance girl, Flo, and the two guys who are currently in commercials for Sonic.
The plot of Places revolves around the shenanigans and intrigues associated with award-seeking actors and actresses in Oklahoma City, when the Academy of Television Business Arts and Sciences is forced to move its annual awards ceremony from Las Vegas to OKC. Henrietta, who is now a reporter for OKC’s Tinseltown SCENE newspaper, wants to get a scoop that she hopes will win her a Pulitzer Prize.
In addition to the usual gossip and rumors circulating, and the rivalries that exist between TVC stars, such as one that Plaster writes between Flo and her nearly identical sister, Chloe (Clo), who is in commercials for Transgressive Insurance Company, there are rumors. about a plan to assassinate at least one of the TVC stars, but which one, Henrietta wonders, could be the first to die? Could it possibly be Flo or Chloe, maybe, or the bald man from insurance commercials who seems to know a lot about what people do, or maybe one of the Sonic guys, or even Jimmy Mayhem, Colonel Sanders or William Shatner? ?
Deano DeBoffo is also one of Spot’s main characters. He is a famous Hollywood producer / director and wants to create a docudrama that is basically a long commercial, called “What’s in your wallet?” A part of Spots’ plot involves his efforts to convince some of the TVC actors gathered at OKC to sign up with him to participate in the movie he was planning.
Places is a highly entertaining satirical romp that pokes fun at award shows and actors / actresses featured in some of the most famous television commercials of recent times. It’s probably a novel that young and old adults would most enjoy, as Plaster also references many old commercials that many adults will fondly remember, such as those by Alka Seltzer, with phrases like, “That’s a spicy meatball!” and “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is!”
I found the infighting between many of the TVC stars very funny, and also every time Simon Plaster wrote scenes that included Jimmy Mayhem. Plaster has written, with Places, one of his best satirical novels so far. Will Henrietta’s reporting for OKC Tinseltown SCENE earn her the Pulitzer Prize she feels she so handsomely deserves? Who is behind the rumors and the apparent attempts to kill the TVC stars? check Places to find out! It is an entertaining satirical novel that I highly recommend, along with other Plaster novels featuring small town reporter Henrietta, as mmm, Ticks: a climate change tail and a girl, and Hogback!