REALITY TV & HOOKERS
Every night millions of Americans sink into their couches and disappear into the fantasy world of reality television. Tonight the nations' eyes are fixed firmly on Jacoby Simmons.
As Jacoby stares across the stage at Carly he sees the shy, sensitive girl who baked him sugar cookies and shares his love for cheesy 80s movies. Though he's only known her for a few weeks he sees the first girl to ever really capture his heart. What he fails to see, what the viewing audience already knows, is that Carly is a prostitute, as were half of the other women that he previously dismissed from this reality dating competition.
“Reality TV and Hookers” is a satire of the reality television industry told from the narrative perspective of an unnamed producer recounting the tale of his greatest ratings success. He tests the viewing public’s appetite for sex, sleaze, and controversy by adding this major twist to the traditional Bachelor format. The story follows the arc of the program from the initial concept and casting to the dramatically televised conclusion where Jacoby, Carly, and narrator face the consequences of their decisions.
In between games of Mario Kart and
whiffle-ball I managed to attend a few classes as an undergrad at Columbia University. One of these classes was a creative writing workshop where I discovered that I enjoyed making people laugh with stories based on the drunken antics of my friends and I. After graduating college I continued to live and work in New York City while taking post graduate writing classes in an attempt to better learn the craft.
One night I found myself seated between Lindsay Lohan's mom and Angelina from the “Jersey Shore,” at a party that Khloe Kardashian was being paid an obscene amount of money to host. It was hilarious to see these people being fawned over as if they were Oscar winners or respected heads of state.
It occurred to me that this reality TV world where despicable people become instantly famous for nothing was ripe for satire and that it could serve as the setting for my first novel. “Reality TV and Hookers” is told from the narrative perspective of an amoral, egotistical television producer staging a Super Bowl of seduction. He creates a “The Bachelor” style dating competition where the bachelor Jacoby isn't aware that half the women vying for his hand are actually hookers.
With this novel I hope to take a humorous look at how reality television has changed the nature of celebrity and reflects the tastes and values of the people that watch it.
"I JUST HOLD UP THE MIRROR,
YOU CHOOSE TO LOOK"
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