The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World

by |May 10, 2013

Sofia Coppola only deals in great stories. The daughter of immortal director Francis Ford Coppola, her eye for simmering trauma underneath otherwise perfect lives has redefined contemporary film making. From the whimsical mystery of her 1999 debut The Virgin Suicides (adapted from the Jeffrey Eugenides novel of the same same) to her award-winning film masterpiece Lost In Translation, the tragically under appreciated Marie Antoinette and the charming Somewhere.

But her new film presents her greatest challenge. Making a film about being famous, with no characters in the film being famous. Rather, a group of fame-obsessed teens steal more than $3 million in clothing, jewelry, shoes, and handbags from targets like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom.

Oh yeah, and it’s a true story. Did I forget to mention that?

And like any good movie, it’s foundations lie in a great book. Vanity Fair contributing editor Nancy Jo Sales does a brilliant job of telling the extraordinary true tale of crime, obsession and tragedy. Pre-order a copy today and know more about this incredible story.

The Bling Ring

by Nancy Jo Sales

Meet the Bling Ring: a band of club-hopping teenagers from the Valley with everything to lose.

Over the course of a year, the members of the now infamous Bling Ring allegedly burglarized some of the biggest names in young Hollywood. Driven by celebrity worship, vanity, and the desire to look and dress like the rich and famous, these seven teenagers made headlines for using Google maps, Facebook, and TMZ to track the comings and goings of their targets. Many of the houses were unlocked. Alarms disabled. A “perfect” crime–celebrities already had so much, why shouldn’t the Bling Ring take their share?

As the unprecedented case unfolded in the news, the world asked: How did our obsession with celebrities get so out of hand? Why would a group of teens who already had so much, take such a risk?

Acclaimed Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales found the answer: they did it because each stolen T-shirt or watch brought them closer to living the Hollywood dream . . . and because it was terrifyingly easy. For the Bling Ring the motivation was something deeper than money–they were compelled by a compulsion to be famous. Gaining unprecedented access to the group of teens, Sales traces the crimes minute by minute and details the key players’ stories in a shocking look at the seedy, and troubling, world of the real young Hollywood.

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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.

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