new books offer advice for surviving a reality show, cast members’ life lessons.

new books offer advice for surviving a reality show, cast members’ life lessons.
Two new books tackle reality TV in a pragmatic, rather than academic, angle. The Reality TV Handbook is a how-to guide that teaches you how to become a reality TV whore. Its subtitle sums it up: “How To: Ace a Casting Interview, Form an Alliance, Swallow a Live Bug, and Capitalize on Your 15 Minutes of Fame.” Written by John Saade, an exec at ABC, and Joe Borgenicht, a guy named Joe, the book exists “partly for those wanting to prepare for a show, partly for those wanting to imagine what they would do in a certain situation and partly for humour,” Saade tells the Calgary Sun. David Volk’s new book The Tribe Has Spoken offers “Life Lessons from Reality TV” as learned from the mouths of reality TV cast members. Volk finds the best quotes from different shows, and then distills the lesson to be learned from the cast member’s wisdom. For example, Nicole Richie said during The Simple Life, “We should have a threesome with him. Let him have something.” The lesson to be learned from that? “Give of yourself. Even if you aren’t all that attractive, it’s the thought that counts.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.