Monday, November 2, 2009

Confessions from a Reality TV Junkie

Would everyone in the room who is addicted to reality television raise their hand.

*Raises hand*

If you are a reality television watcher like myself you love to watch the train wrecks as they happen. As a writer, reality TV for me is the ultimate idea generator. In the past I've watched:

  • The Millionaire Matchmaker
  • Flipping Out
  • How Clean is Your House
  • Hell's Kitchen
  • Project Runway
  • So You Think You Can Dance
  • Real Housewives of [Fill in the City - Atlanta, Orange County, New Jersey, you get the drift]
  • American Idol
  • Punk'd
  • The Biggest Loser
  • Moment of Truth (OMG, the word work train wreck is not good enough for this one...)
  • Trading Spouses
  • Nanny 911
  • Tabitha's Salon Takeover (Luv this show!)

I'm leaving out classics like Jerry Springer and Maury Povich (the real who's my baby-daddy show). To be honest, I couldn't get into Survivor or Dancing with the Stars. I tried, but it wasn't entertaining to me. I guess they didn't have enough of that hot mess factor I was looking for. :D

So what have these shows taught me? That if I can't think of unique characters for my books, then these places are filled to the hilt with ideas for me to tap, flip in a bowl, and slap in pan to sizzle into something interesting. Take the chef from Hell's Kitchen for example, he is a potty mouth chef from England. He treats the other chefs like crap, but I love to watch this show. (As well as the F Word on the BBC. Another BBC America addict here.) With all those personalities trying to cook a risotto properly there's bound to be a scene hiding in there somewhere to twist with a paranormal idea. Either with a loud mouth contestant or one who seems to have poor fashion sense.

So grab that remote folks and pull out that research paper. You can find plenty of what-if scenarios to utilize in your manuscript.

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