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'A smart funny and well written take down of modern showbiz' ELIZABETH DAYCult heroine Zawe Ashton brings us a uniue look at life work and the absurdities of contemporary lifeZawe Ashton has been acting since she was six She has played many different roles from ‘cute Character Breakdown usually refers to a brief description of a character in a film or play script In Zawe Ashton's memoir fiction hybrid it does allude to that meaning but could also be understood differently The actress the I the protagonist she is heading to a breakdownCharacter Breakdown switches between prose and scenes which are written like a script tells the story of an actress Zawe? who landed her first roles as a child Through the recollection of different roles or the events around different roles we see the protagonist growing up This book is a wonderful meditation on the realities of the film tv business showcasing all the different ways BWoC are kept outside from beauty norms to sexual harassment from limited roles to being deemed difficult solely by existing but also asks bigger uestions about the roles we all perform in our daily life and how to not lose yourselfZawe Ashton most recently was in the series Wanderlust and the movie Velvet Buzzsaw but she has been a writer most notably of plays for a long time too This book is not a straight forward memoir it is not a gossipy tell all instead it is an intelligent and often funny depiction of the lived realities of an actress I might never see red carpets in the same way I flew through the book and really enjoyed it There were some minor parts I wish were written slightly differently but nothing which actually limited my enjoymentI received a review copy from the publisher

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??t lose herself completelyIn Character Breakdown Zawe scrolls through a version of her life Or is it a version of her art? Or something in between In it she encounters glamour horror absurdity and uestions like is a life spent on performance than reality any life at al ‘Character Breakdown’ is usually a brief description of a character in a film or play script In this memoir fiction hybrid the brilliant actress and playwright Zawe Ashton switches from prose to scenes which are written like a script and tells the story of her career as an actress She begins from her first role as a child to her stragglers to make it in Hollywood Told in a bold original way she recounts events some of them very intimate which are sometimes heartbreaking and tough sometimes funny and intense It is an intelligent thought provoking book about how the Hollywood environment works and how to remain truthful to yourself in spite of the difficulties that this kind of career impose Some issues the actress face throughout her life are dealing with a sensitivity and tact you don’t expect revealing that not all that glitters is gold especially in the showbizI personally saw her in ‘Betrayal’ and was pleasantly impressed by her actingso that I decided to purchase her book

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Little girl’ to ‘assassin with attitude' Oscar Wilde’s Salome to St Trinian’s schoolgirl by way of Fresh Meat’s VodTo stay sane an actress must tread a high wire between life and art keep sight of where a character ends and the real person begins So she doesn? Honest and bold without doing it for shock value Character Breakdown breaks down a career and parts of a life melting fact and fiction to expose the reality of an actor the sexism and racism rampant in the industry and the vulnerabilities of being and growing in our time especially as a woman Told through two different alternating styles the book is a thought provoking yet surprisingly easy to read in a short stretch of time Also very funnyThank you Vintage for gifting me a copy of this book

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  • 24 February 2019
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10 thoughts on “Character Breakdown

  1. says:

    35 rounded down The first chapter sort of lost me but then the one about the shampoo pulled me back inI liked the honesty of the book but it was missing something for me Prehaps there wasn’t enough uite enough emotion for me? However It’s a short book so I would recommend reading it

  2. says:

    The actress and playwright Zawe Ashton recounts scenes from her own life in this book which treads the line between fiction and memoir Told in two alternating styles it cuts from descriptions of the roles she’s played from an early age the ‘character breakdown’ is a brief description of the character and what they are looking for in an actor and scenes from her later life which are produced in a script screenplay format These scenes see her wrestling with her life as an actress and trying to make it in Hollywood Funny arch and at times heartbreaking we follow Zawe as she deals with the inherent sexism of the acting world and its thinly veiled racism We hear about the disappointment of discovering that Wash ‘N’ Go doesn’t work on her hair the thrill of finding herself with the cool bullying kids at school in the wake of her first TV appearance coping with the death of her aunt whilst still doing a full day’s acting entering the bizarre fashion game of the red carpet and It’s a fresh and different take on the role of the actor in the modern world told in a bold and original way

  3. says:

    Character Breakdown usually refers to a brief description of a character in a film or play script In Zawe Ashton's memoir fiction hybrid it does allude to that meaning but could also be understood differently The actress the I the protagonist she is heading to a breakdownCharacter Breakdown switches between prose and scenes which are written like a script tells the story of an actress Zawe? who landed her first roles as a child Through the recollection of different roles or the events around different roles we see the protagonist growing up This book is a wonderful meditation on the realities of the film tv business showcasing all the different ways BWoC are kept outside from beauty norms to sexual harassment from limited roles to being deemed difficult solely by existing but also asks bigger uestions about the roles we all perform in our daily life and how to not lose yourselfZawe Ashton most recently was in the series Wanderlust and the movie Velvet Buzzsaw but she has been a writer most notably of plays for a long time too This book is not a straight forward memoir it is not a gossipy tell all instead it is an intelligent and often funny depiction of the lived realities of an actress I might never see red carpets in the same way I flew through the book and really enjoyed it There were some minor parts I wish were written slightly differently but nothing which actually limited my enjoymentI received a review copy from the publisher

  4. says:

    Honest and bold without doing it for shock value Character Breakdown breaks down a career and parts of a life melting fact and fiction to expose the reality of an actor the sexism and racism rampant in the industry and the vulnerabilities of being and growing in our time especially as a woman Told through two different alternating styles the book is a thought provoking yet surprisingly easy to read in a short stretch of time Also very funnyThank you Vintage for gifting me a copy of this book

  5. says:

    I feel a bit ‘meh’ about this book I didn’t hate it I didn’t love it and it wasn’t enjoyable It is very emotional it feels like a confessional But I was left wanting from Ashton I wanted self awareness and self analysis because as it is I’m not entirely sure if there was a point to this book It’s always interesting to get inside a creative mind but I don’t think Ashton really told us why she was inviting us in I’m some ways I almost felt like she resented us being there

  6. says:

    Probably of a 2 star in terms of enjoyment From the first chapter which I had a hard time reading I knew it wasn't for me I love Zawe Ashton from Fresh Meat to her episode in Misfits Not Safe for Work and her stellar performance in Betrayal I thought this would be a funnish light read about her experiences in all those But it's written in one tone and reads as self pity which had me uestioning is someone forcing her to act? It's painful for her from age 6 all the way through to end where she tells the producer she isn't acting any The industry is sexist racist and treats people like things and she has every right to not like it I just didn't want to read a book about much she didn't want to do the thing that I admire her for

  7. says:

    Zawe Ashton is a brilliant woman I knew this going into the novel However I was not prepared for just how incredibly real she is There is not a veil over her words experiences Character Breakdown is genuine gritty with a hint of social commentary that makes the reader think Honestly if you get the chance to read this I would not pass it up Perspective is an incredible gift given on the side topics shied away from by our society are openly embraced Read Character Breakdown Some days I feel like a human woman walking down the street pretending to be a human woman walking down the street

  8. says:

    ‘Character Breakdown’ is usually a brief description of a character in a film or play script In this memoir fiction hybrid the brilliant actress and playwright Zawe Ashton switches from prose to scenes which are written like a script and tells the story of her career as an actress She begins from her first role as a child to her stragglers to make it in Hollywood Told in a bold original way she recounts events some of them very intimate which are sometimes heartbreaking and tough sometimes funny and intense It is an intelligent thought provoking book about how the Hollywood environment works and how to remain truthful to yourself in spite of the difficulties that this kind of career impose Some issues the actress face throughout her life are dealing with a sensitivity and tact you don’t expect revealing that not all that glitters is gold especially in the showbizI personally saw her in ‘Betrayal’ and was pleasantly impressed by her actingso that I decided to purchase her book

  9. says:

    The method style that Zawe choose to use alternating chapters between prose and script was a really uniue way to tell her story It made the book carry real emotion as it felt like watching it as a play Thank you for sharing your story with us around race sexism within your industry grief and many It also switches between fiction and non fiction which I found a little jarring but i'm sure some people would really enjoy It is definitely a great read if you as missing theatre productions or any kind of fringe performance

  10. says:

    I have always admired her work on screen so was very intrigued to read this memoir The format is not a traditional linear memoir which I appreciate She recalls auditions conversations and events from school age through to adulthood In the process she touches on bullying body image racism misogyny and anxiety A raw and revealing insight into some of her life although I now know about her insecurities and the many challenges she’s faced in her career to date I feel there is much still to be shared with readers and admirers of her art

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