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“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. ” (The New Yorker)
“Insightful.” (USA Today, Idol Chatter)
“Fun, funny, and surprising.” (Penthouse)
“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.” (LAist.com)
“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.” (Flavorpill)
“A brilliant compilation.” (Starpulse)
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.See all Editorial Reviews
You may love it, or you may hate it. But you can't escape it. Reality television is everywhere, and it's here to stay. At the very least, it's not going away any time soon. Read morePublished on December 13, 2010 by Tom Kelleher
I got sucked in just like Anna David did so long ago with "The Real World", the first season anyway, but not for the same reasons as Anna David except one. Read morePublished on June 19, 2010 by T. Vargas
While I can't say that any one essay in "Reality Matters" can justify our guilty pleasures the way Roland Barthes' "Mythologies" did, when it comes to looking at television... Read morePublished on June 14, 2010 by John Foune
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. Read morePublished on May 17, 2010 by Jason Spears
First off I will say I am not a fan of reality TV. After reading this book I now have a better understanding why reality TV appeals to some people and why. Read morePublished on May 9, 2010 by T. Muckleroy
This book is a must-read not just for lovers of reality TV, but for anyone living in our culture, where it's impossible to not feel the effects that Jon Gosselin, Simon Cowell, and... Read morePublished on May 6, 2010 by Nicole Laporte