Spots by the talented author, Simon Plaster, is his latest satirical novel featuring a small-town reporter, Henrietta, who is from the actual small town of Henryetta, Oklahoma. In Spots, Henrietta travels to Oklahoma City, where in fact the novel is primarily set, to report on the occasions leading up to a TV awards show in which awards get to the best actors/actresses in TVCs, or TV commercials, otherwise known as “Spots.” Because of this, other than Henrietta and her mother, Wynona Sue, many recurring characters from Plaster’s other novels in the series are not featured in Spots, but that’s more than made up for together with his cast of new characters, including ones from famous commercials, like William Shatner, the insurance gal, Flo, and the two guys who currently are in commercials for Sonic.
The plot of Spots revolves around the antics and intrigue associated with the actors and actresses up for awards in Oklahoma City, when the Academy of Tv Commercials Arts and Sciences is forced to relocate its annual awards ceremony from Las Vegas to OKC. Henrietta, who is now a reporter for OKC’s Tinseltown SCENE newspaper, wants to obtain a scoop that she hopes will result in her winning a Pulitzer Prize.
Besides the typical gossip and rumors circulating around, and the rivalries that exist between TVC stars, like one Plaster writes about between Flo and her almost identical sister, Chloe (Clo), who is in commercials for Transgressive Insurance provider, there are rumors brewing in regards to a scheme to murder a minumum of one of the TVC stars-but, which one, Henrietta wonders, could be the first to die? Will it be possibly Flo or Chloe, maybe, or the bald-headed man from insurance commercials who seems to know an awful lot in what people do, or maybe one of many Sonic guys, or even Jimmy Mayhem, Colonel Sanders or William Shatner?
Deano DeBoffo is also one of Spot’s main characters. He’s a famous Hollywood producer/director and that he wants to create a docudrama that’s basically one long commercial, called “What’s In Your Wallet?” A part of the plot of Spots involves his efforts to convince some of the TVC actors gathered in OKC to sign up with him to be in his in the offing movie.
Spots is a very entertaining satirical romp poking fun at awards shows and the actors/actresses appearing in some of the most famous TELEVISION spots in recent memory. It is probably a novel that would be most enjoyed by Young Adults and older, as Plaster also references many older commercials that many adults will fondly remember, just like the Alka Seltzer ones, with catch phrases like, “That’s one spicy meatball!” and “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh, what a relief it is!”
I found the in-fighting between many of the TVC stars to be very amusing, and also whenever Simon Plaster wrote scenes including Jimmy Mayhem. Plaster has written, with Spots, one of is own best satirical novels yet. Will the reporting that Henrietta does for OKC Tinseltown SCENE land her the Pulitzer Prize she feels she so richly deserves? Who is behind the rumors and apparent attempts to kill off TVC stars? Check out Spots to discover! It’s an entertaining satirical novel I highly recommend, alongside Plaster’s other novels featuring small-town reporter, Henrietta, like Hmmm, Ticks: A Tail of Climate Change and a Girl, and Hogback!