There are a few other bloggers that are doing these Guilty Pleasure posts as well. It all started with C.J. Duggan and if you want a bunch of smiles, circle back to her site and see the comments to read other pleasures. Love to have you join the fun.
Both of us have a Guilty Pleasure ogling cowboys. She writes them, I read them. Here's an except of "A Cowboy's Muse" and "Matthew" if you're as interested in cowboys in the romance genre as I am. Please give a warm welcome to Beth.
How I Survive Guilty Pleasures
I had to lay out all my vicarious proclivities and pick one... so I picked SURVIVOR.
Oh yes, my lovelies, I have watched every season of SURVIVOR since the very first show. The good, the bad and the ugly.
Why, you may ask, would a romance novelist choose such a show? Simple, I love to watch people and this is a microcosm of society in which all inhibitions and rules are ignored. Each castaway is a different person, shedding their "real life"persona to become a ruthless bitch or bastard to win a million dollars.
It's utterly fascinating.
I remember when I saw the first commercial for SURVIVOR. It was the infancy of reality tv, when there wasn't much but THE REAL WORLD on MTV. I was intrigued by the idea of being "shipwrecked" on an island and having to survive 39 days with 15 other people and win a million dollars.
I was hooked from minute one. Watching that first season was fascinating. Especially the final episode when Richard Hatch won that million. The naked weird dude won a million! In "real life", he would likely never have the chance for a 1 in 16 shot at million.
What I really dig is the interaction between the castaways. How they use their wiles, their wits, their sheer bulk or their lies to sway people to be in an alliance with them. Oooh, the thrill of seeing the manipulation and then the triumph when someone smarter foils their evil plot.
I always let the DVR record the first 20 minutes while I busy myself with something else. Then I can watch it and fly by the commercials otherwise I'd go insane. The suspense is killer if you don't DVR it.
Would I ever go on SURVIVOR?
Hell no. I am deathly afraid of spiders, really squicked out by bugs and there ain't NO WAY in hell I'd eat pig snout or cockroach heads. *shudder*
No, just as I do in real life as a writer, I sit back, watch and listen. There are many things I can learn about my writing by watching real human beings in a quasi-terrarium somewhere in the world. Who knows, one day I might write a book and earn a million dollars. I can credit some of that to watching SURVIVOR.
Are you a reality TV junkie? What's your favourite shows? Amazing Race? Jersey Shore? Big Brother? It's okay, admit it in the comments. We're friends here.
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