19 Writers Come Clean About the Shows We Can't Stop Watching
Reality television is the ultimate guilty pleasure -- a nonstop parade of cast members and scenarios that make fictional ones seem downright dull. Increasingly absurd challenges, hair-yanking catfights, and hot tub makeouts dripping with yet-to-be-acknowledged regret are only part of its appeal.
In this collection of wry and moving essays, bestselling authors explore the programs we obsess over, cringe at, and occasionally feel inspired by. From a Real World casting call and American Idol tattoo to a look at the appeal of Big Brother, Survivor, The Real Housewives, and more, a vibrant mix of literary luminaries examine the form of entertainment that's dominated our TV screens for more than a decade.Entertaining and insightful, Reality Matters is a must-read for anyone who adores reality TV, wants to know what kind of an impact it's having on our society, or simply wonders just how real any of it actually is.
ANNA DAVID, author of Party Girl and Bought, has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Playboy, and Details, among other notable publications. She’s a regular guest on Fox News’s Red Eye and has repeatedly appeared on Today, Hannity, and CNN’s Showbiz Tonight, as well as on numerous other programs on NBC, CBS, MTV, E!, and VH1. She lives in New York.