Reality Matters and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
  • List Price: $14.99
  • Save: $8.99 (60%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 1 left in stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Reality Matters: 19 Write... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Sold by -Daily Deals-
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Reality Matters: 19 Writers Come Clean About the Shows We Can't Stop Watching Paperback – Bargain Price, April 13, 2010


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback, Bargain Price
"Please retry"
$6.00
$3.00 $1.10

This is a bargain book and quantities are limited. Bargain books are new but could include a small mark from the publisher and an Amazon.com price sticker identifying them as such. Details
Take%20an%20Extra%2030%25%20Off%20Any%20Book

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book: Use promo code HOLIDAY30 at checkout to get an extra 30% off any book for a limited time. Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible Audiobooks. Restrictions apply. Learn more.

  • Explore more great deals on 1000's of titles in our Deals in Books store.

  • Get a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card: Get the Discover it card and get a $100.00 Amazon.com Gift Card* after your first purchase within 3 months. Learn more.

Frequently Bought Together

Reality Matters: 19 Writers Come Clean About the Shows We Can't Stop Watching + Reality TV: An Insider's Guide to TV's Hottest Market
Price for both: $25.09

Buy the selected items together

If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $2.99 (Save 69%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.


Best Books of the Year
Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; 1 edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006176664X
  • ASIN: B004IK9EKK
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,109,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

“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 )

From the Back Cover

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.


More About the Author

Anna David is the New York Times-bestselling author of the novels Party Girl (HarperCollins, 2007) and Bought (HarperCollins, 2009), the non-fiction books Reality Matters (HarperCollins, 2010), Falling for Me (HarperCollins, 2011), By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and True Tales of Lust and Love (Counterpoint, 2014) and the Kindle Singles Animal Attraction (Amazon, 2012) and They Like Me, They Really Like Me (Amazon, 2013).

She was the sex and relationship expert on G4's Attack of the Show for over three years and is a regular guest on The Today Show, Fox News' Hannity and Red Eye, The CBS Morning Show, Dr. Drew, The Talk, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Inside Edition and various other programs on Fox News, NBC, MSNBC, CTV, MTV News, VH1 and E. Her Sirius radio show was the network's number-one specialty show and she's written for The New York Times, The LA Times, Details, Playboy, People, Cosmo, Us Weekly, Redbook, Maxim, Movieline, Women's Health, The New York Post, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, xojane and Salon, among many others.

Anna is the CEO of the addiction and recovery company TheAfterPartyGroup (www.theafterpartygroup.com) and has been an editor at the websites Styleclick, Dipdive and The Fix, an assistant editor at Parenting and a staff writer for Premiere. She is currently doing graduate work in drug and alcohol counseling at UCLA and speaks at colleges across the country on addiction.

Customer Reviews

The collection of essays in Reality Matters are honest and entertaining.
M. J Partipilo
I literally got the book, read it from cover to cover and immediately recommeneded it to my friends.
Jason Spears
My personal favorites are the chapters written by Anna David and John Albert.
Marc Ferris

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mediaman on November 13, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is a bunch of short riffs by snobby writers who are addicted to a reality television show--but instead of providing any insight or cultural commentary about the genre, most of the authors waste their short space (six to eight pages) to talk about their own mundane lives. The book ends up being a bunch of naval-gazing rants regarding how these writers' lives are so pathetic that they make themselves feel better by looking down at the stupid people on reality TV.

There are a couple of exceptions--the sections on American Idol and The Bachelor are well written, though way too short. The piece on Married By America makes a few good points. But most of the rest are a waste of space, including one on Jersey Shore that a grade school kid could have written and a fantasy pitch essay to Mark Burnett, which may have had a point but the writer was so inept they didn't seem to make it. Even "editor" Anna David's piece, which reveals a bit about her applying for Real World, doesn't provide enough information to make the piece much more than a short magazine article.

If you like both reality TV and snobby east coast literary elitists, then this may be the book for you to take along on a plane. It's easy to flip through and inoffensive. Probably the best part of the book is James Frey's foreword, in which he admits to being a reality TV addict and then ties the lies of television editing to the lies of memoir writing. Just wish the rest of the book would have been like that!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. J Partipilo on April 16, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. McGovern on April 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
Better writers have been dealing with reality tv for the past 10 years. See: Klosterman, Chuck and Gladwell, Malcolm. With that being said, I am certainly not averse to much of Anna David's work. But, despite a few decent pieces in this anthology, most retain only superficial insight and lack the depth of other writers and critics I've read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Regina Jackson on February 12, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It is a great addition to my film production library. The current price makes it affordable to purchase for others.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric D. Weis on June 5, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Let me begin with the disclaimer that I am not a big watcher of reality shows, though I am married to someone who is. Even if you're like me, however, you will almost certainly find something to like in this collection, which at its core is an attempt at examining every facet of the phenomenon which has, I think it is more than fair to say, completely re-shaped the landscape of television over the last decade-plus. I would not be surprised if this book were to make its way into the syllabi of college courses about modern American culture. I would advise you to read James Frey's foreword, David's intro, and Rex Sorgatz' essay, all of which dig into exactly what people find appealing about the genre.

As with any anthology, there are some essays which are better than others, though this is not to say that there are really any genuinely bad pieces - David has assembled a group of very talented contributors. There are a handful of true standouts: Stacey Grenrock Woods' invective for The Real Housewives (I share her disdain, having overheard quite enough of these people thankyouverymuch) while contrasting the cast's extravagances to her own economic struggles; Jancee Dunn's description of her rapid descent into the world of Project Runway, including a fantasy about becoming BFFs with Tim Gunn; Neil Strauss' amusing fictional pitch of new reality series to Mark Burnett (as out there as some of Strauss' ideas are, I'm sure Burnett has actually heard far weirder by this point); and in two separate essays, Toby Young and David herself relate tales of humiliation borne of attempts at becoming a reality "star", the former via his participation in a little-watched British series, and David via not getting onto The Real World (which makes sense in context). Young's in particular raises an fascinating question as to what is the more humiliating: making an ass of oneself on a reality TV show, or not having anyone care about it (and by extension, you) enough to watch.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ferris on May 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
Reality Matters is a collection of top-drawer writers dishing about their shared guilty pleasure of "Reality Television" viewing. This book features essays by Stacy Grenrock Woods, Melissa De La Cruz, Neal Pollack, Jancee Dunn, Toby Young, Will Leitch, Jerry Stahl, Amelie Gillette, Ben Mandelker, Austin Bunn, John Albert, Helaine Olen, Richard Rushfield, Wendy Merrill, Mark Lisanti, Rex Sorgatz, Neil Strauss, and Anna David. David is also the editor of this book, which is her third. Each one takes their turn explaining their love for a particular show, and along the way not only justifying their personal love of reality TV but justifying the existence of the genre itself.

While each writer discusses a particular show, the strength of their narratives is about how these shows relate to their own lives in some way. Jancee Dunn writes about how much she wants to be Project Runway's Tim Gunn friend before relating a brief tale of her own transformation once she moved to New York. Will Leitch lamenting about how he could apply the secrets of The Dog Whisperer to the people in his life in an essay about the stark realities of his world. Reality Matters repeatedly reveals how those shows touch their viewers in very personal ways in often profound ways. That is not to say that this is a heavy book, but some of the writers take us into vey personal space.

My personal favorites are the chapters written by Anna David and John Albert. Anna David recounts her story of almost being on Real World San Francisco, and how almost being on the show had made her a minor celebrity. This lead to "Scary Bobby" and that lead to a practical joke by her senior editor. David's chapter is as funny as it is revealing, and this is typical of most of the essays within Reality Matters.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews