Published by Self-Published on September 13, 2013
Genres: Humour, Romance
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Miles Stevens, young actor from London. Out of work, unemployable, fired from his last job he gets the chance to star in a film of the hit novel ‘Dazzled’.
The starring film role sees him playing an angel sent from heaven to help the town of Flatrock, northern California, become a friendlier place. He falls in love with a girl called Esther.
The book has sold millions around the world. Miles wins the audition but has to get in shape and have his light brown hair bleached. In fact, the film studio seem to want to change everything about him. He needs to be breathtakingly beautiful but also able to have fiery anger and appear in a blaze of glory. It’s against the rules for him to fall in love.
The film is a great success, propelling him to worldwide Hollywood fame. But fame and wealth is not all is cracked up to be – and the sharks start to circle.
Throughout, Miles is supported by his friend, Clare, the girl next door whom he grew up with – and who is secretly in love with him.
The story is mostly set in Hollywood, and is a picaresque journey through the weird and wonderful.
Who is Miles?
A sensitive, easy-going 20 year old guy who happens to be gorgeous and talented. He’s also shy and insecure despite his ability as an actor and a musician (he plays the alto sax and loves jazz).
His beauty is almost otherworldly and he is truly beautiful, rather than handsome. He’s also slightly naïve and has to learn that hard way that not everyone is his friend.
He comes from a working class background and is hampered by dyslexia, which fuels his insecurity, becoming easily flustered. But he has a warmth and humour that draw people to him. His one blind spot is Clare – not realising that she is hopelessly in love with him – and always has been.
Who is Clare?
Short, fiery, a little overweight – sees herself as the plain, girl next door. Fiercely loyal and good at cutting through the bullshit that surrounds Miles. She’s been in love with him forever but has had to learn with the fact that he never thinks of her as a girl, but his best friend.
She’s clever and not afraid to tell it like it is, but she feels like a mongrel in a pedigree world when she gets to Hollywood to help Miles.
It takes time, but eventually he realises that she is the girl for him.
Who is dazzled?
The title is multi-layered. It refers to Miles being dazzled by the blinding light of Hollywood, fame and stardom; at times, he’s blinded to things that are important; he’s blinded to Clare’s love for him – and then dazzled by it. Clare is dazzled by Miles’ beauty, his stardom, and – eventually – his love for her.
‘Dazzled’ is also the title of the book and film mentioned in this story.
Although emotional at times, humour, love and romance are the touchstone words for this book.