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Rate Me Red by Richie Chevat

a comic novel of the future 

Gordy has a problem. His girlfriend, Poppy Nicole, wants to meet him in REALITY (TM).

That’s the premise of the comic sci-fi novel, Rate Me Red.

It’s the year 2043 and Twitter, Facebook, You Tube, reality television and Ebay have all merged into the VidNet. Everyone and anyone can have a VidNet show, but it’s the people who are rated, not the shows, on a scale from Purple to Red.

Poppy just knows that if she and Gordy meet in REALITY (TM) , and better yet, have sex in REALITY (TM), on her show, it’s sure to boost her rating. But the prospect makes Gordy so nervous he fails to heed the warning signs of a worldwide economic collapse (caused by a bubble in imaginary toothpaste sales). Will Gordy be able to save VidNet Society? More importantly, will he and Poppy have sex in REALITY (TM)? The answers lie in Rate Me Red.

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Listed: Jan 12, 2010


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If this goes on…

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Jan 18, 2010: In the future, technology does everything for us, and human society devolves into vapid hedonism. Yup, I’ve read Brave New World, you say. Well here’s a little update to that scenario, based on a wee extrapolation of the social media, reality TV, and consumer society of today.

Imagine if how your ten thousand online "friends" rate your latest vid determined your socioeconomic status in society! Unless you want to be a Rejectionist, but they’re so earnest and boring. And everything from cities to household appliances, not to mention your friends, have corporate sponsors and are constantly advertising something. Your purpose in life is to be a good consumer and rise in the colour ratings, or at least, don’t be “unvidworthy” and get rated down, or you might lose everything.

This story is very clever! It never takes itself too seriously or preaches, yet personally I felt the sinister under the sunny chirpiness. But like the crowd pleasing upbeat entertainment that it is all about, the story keeps it light even as apocalypse looms. The main character is an unlikely hero, not the perfect player like his girlfriend, but not cut out to be a rebel either, and I found the way it all ended totally fitting.

My one quibble with the logic of the story is the idea of everyone being the star of their own reality show (or several shows) followed by thousands – but all these audience members are presumably doing the same thing while following thousands of other “stars” in order to keep up that ratio. True, the people don’t have much else to do, as most human jobs are only token, but I still had problems twisting that around in my mind and making it work out.

Overall, this story is witty, cute, and original, and will have you groaning at some “so bad they’re good” puns. A tale for our times. Now please say you like this review so I can increase my WFG helpfullness rating; it’s been looking rather blue lately 😉

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Editor’s First Impression

By Linda Schoales, editor

Jan 12, 2010: Only the first chapter is posted online but it’s over 7000 words long (about 23 pages in a WP) so there’s a lot there to start with. The rest is available for free in .pdf and various ebook formats.

It’s a typical morning in the year 2043 and Gordy is in his bathroom VidNetting with his girlfriend and his boss, deciding how to dress with help from his VidNet personal manager, and discussing his intestinal health with his toilet. The future looks busier than ever. The author has his tongue planted firmly in his cheek. Worth a try if you think texting has gone too far or you just want a good laugh.

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Go Go Gordy!

By agutelle, member

Feb 16, 2010: If you love and hate social media and wonder where the Facebook/Twitter/Buzz/Ning world is going then you need to read this book. Richie Chevat has looked into the future and imagined a world in which social connectivity has conquered the planet. Is that really so hard to imagine?

Chevat sets a dark doomsday scenario in motion and then extracts every bit of comic potential from it. The book is fast-paced, funny, and a refreshing break from whatever bit of social media [more . . .]

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A Very Funny, Pimptastic Story

By DKagan, member

Feb 11, 2010: This book is hilarious! It really had me LOL. Plus, its vision of the near future is frighteningly funny. It’s a future in which Reality has been trademarked and people seldom meet except on the VidNet which is like Facebook on steroids. Except the hero’s girlfriend wants to meet him in reality and have sex on her vid show. Everyone in this future world has his or her own vid show. This is a sharp satire and a love story. To borrow from the author, this book is Pimptastic!

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free comic novel of the future

By Richie Chevat, author of Rate Me Red

Jan 13, 2010: I’m the author ,so I won’t review my own book, but the entire book is available as a free download on the site

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