Reality Matters: 19 Writers Come Clean about the Shows We Can't Stop Watching [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Reality Matters: 19 Writers Come Clean about the Shows We Can't Stop Watching

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Penthouse
“Fun, funny, and surprising.”
The New Yorker
“Durable writing about reality television, is such a thing possible?...[Reality Matters] may answer that question. It contains considered essays on “Project Runway,” “Dog Whisperer,” “Survivor,” and “Jersey Shore”....[and] useful analysis of the fakery/reality issues inherent in television that purports to be, though rarely is, entirely true. ”
LAist.com
“Shockingly amusing and periodically poignant, Reality Matters gives college-educated reality show fans permission to smile about their devotion to America’s guiltiest lowbrow pleasure.”
Flavorpill
“If there’s anything more entertaining than experiencing the guilty pleasure of reality TV firsthand, it’s reading a bunch of brilliant people trying to rationalize their obsession with the genre.”
Starpulse
“A brilliant compilation.”
USA Today
“Insightful.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061978487
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 894,073
  • File size: 452 KB

Meet the Author

Anna David is the author of the novels Party Girl and Bought, and the editor of the anthology Reality Matters. She has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Redbook, Details, and many other publications. She has appeared on national television programs including Today, Hannity, and CNN’s Showbiz Tonight.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

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    Anna David hits another homerun!

    I loved this book! I am not a huge reality show fan, but this book took you into that World. From the Jersey Shore to the Real World, there were many interesting stories. My personal favorite is Joining The Real World, written by Anna David. If you are a fan of her other books, you will love her in this as well. You can visualize everything she says in your mind as it happens to her, and laugh along with her at the interesting things that take place during her "chance to be on the real World San Fransisco." From her chance meeting with Aaron from the show or the hilarity that insues when she thinks she is getting stalked...no no seriously just read it. The whole book is like that, well written, funny, interesting, and able to keep even the non reality watcher interested. I loved the book and would absolutely recommend it to anyone who likes interesting, funny, and well written books. It is so well written you can picture everything in your head as it happens in the book. I literally got the book, read it from cover to cover and immediately recommeneded it to my friends. Definately a 5 star book! Once again Anna David knocks it out the park...

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  • Posted April 16, 2010

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    Great read!

    I laughed, I learned and I got a lot of insight into why people get hooked on reality TV. The collection of essays in Reality Matters are honest and entertaining. I laughed out loud several times and couldn't get to the next essay fast enough. I flew through the book and found myself wanting more. If you like reality TV, this is the book for you.

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