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ElboRuum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-09-06 01:44 PM
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35. I should think that obvious.
It takes more work to come up with a compelling fictional concept, and the result is much more satisfying. Good storytelling trumps watching craven pathogenic liars sell each other out for the promises of fame and fortune. Good storytelling trumps watching people assemble motorcycles the same way for 5 seasons. Good storytelling trumps watching the same cops arrest the same idiots every week.

If I wanted to see the Douchebaggery of the Real, I'd go out on my front porch and wait for it to pass by, as it does so frequently.

And the really irritating part of reality TV is that it is cheaper to produce as there's very little use for scriptwriters, set designers, and the other people it takes to put together a work of fiction, so as long as people keep watching it, they'll keep making it, even to the exclusion of other fictional television.

Oh, one other difference worth noting:

True, some fictional TV is awful. But ALL reality TV is awful.
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  -curious: why do some people have such animosity toward reality TV donsu  Dec-09-06 10:33 AM   #0 
  - Because it's not really "reality" tv  alarimer   Dec-09-06 10:37 AM   #1 
  - but it's not as fake as fiction - of course it has to be edited and programmed  donsu   Dec-09-06 10:44 AM   #2 
  - But fiction doesn't even pretend to be real.  WritingIsMyReligion   Dec-09-06 10:46 AM   #4 
     - of course fiction tries to appear real! good fiction makes you think it is  donsu   Dec-09-06 11:55 AM   #20 
        - So reality shows are like bad fiction?  skygazer   Dec-09-06 11:59 AM   #21 
        - no, reality shows are not like fiction nor pretend to be so  donsu   Dec-09-06 12:26 PM   #27 
           - You're taking this way too seriously  skygazer   Dec-09-06 12:30 PM   #28 
        - No, fiction is billed as fiction.  Left Is Write   Dec-09-06 02:05 PM   #38 
  - cheesy  bighughdiehl   Dec-11-06 08:32 AM   #81 
  - It may have to do with the fact that people on reality shows are willing to do...  VespertineIconoclast   Dec-09-06 10:46 AM   #3 
  - take The First 48 Hours for example - what is fake about that?  donsu   Dec-09-06 11:24 AM   #9 
     - ...  VespertineIconoclast   Dec-09-06 11:50 AM   #17 
  - Because so-called reality shows  Drum   Dec-09-06 10:50 AM   #5 
  - I disagree with everything you said  donsu   Dec-09-06 11:27 AM   #10 
     - Oh well...guess we'll have to agree to disagree,  Drum   Dec-09-06 11:45 AM   #15 
  - Because the producers are too cheap to pay real writers and real actors  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-09-06 10:53 AM   #6 
  - how do you know reality shows cost less?  donsu   Dec-09-06 11:28 AM   #11 
  - Because I've read articles about the trend  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-09-06 07:32 PM   #59 
  - I thought it was the 'meaning' down  hfojvt   Dec-09-06 02:11 PM   #40 
  - One of my reasons is that  Rude Horner   Dec-09-06 10:58 AM   #7 
  - isn't that the fault of the TV station programmer, not the fault of the  donsu   Dec-09-06 11:30 AM   #12 
     - The question wasn't about "fault"  Rude Horner   Dec-09-06 01:11 PM   #33 
  - 10 things:  HypnoToad   Dec-09-06 11:15 AM   #8 
  - what is the "worst within the human condition"?  donsu   Dec-09-06 11:34 AM   #13 
     - You mean I need to repeat what the other responders had?  HypnoToad   Dec-09-06 11:52 AM   #19 
  - Judging from your answers to other posts, you have your mind made up  skygazer   Dec-09-06 11:39 AM   #14 
  - Agreed!  Drum   Dec-09-06 11:47 AM   #16 
  - A couple of reasons  Az   Dec-09-06 11:51 AM   #18 
  - Well put.  Drum   Dec-09-06 12:13 PM   #25 
  - Well said - that's exactly how I feel about it.  smirkymonkey   Dec-10-06 07:44 PM   #76 
  - What Az said  BuffyTheFundieSlayer   Dec-11-06 12:46 AM   #77 
  - hhhmmm guess I need to learn some more psychology to understand  donsu   Dec-09-06 12:00 PM   #22 
  - All you really need to do is read the replies  skygazer   Dec-09-06 12:06 PM   #23 
  - because we are watching people not actors. people in real situations  donsu   Dec-09-06 12:34 PM   #29 
     - Cool - that explains why you like them  skygazer   Dec-09-06 12:42 PM   #31 
  - Because people's tastes aren't all the same, of course.  Left Is Write   Dec-09-06 02:08 PM   #39 
  - Mainly the lack of creativity.  Starbucks Anarchist   Dec-09-06 12:07 PM   #24 
  - They Are Equivalent to "Pro Wrestling" IMO  Southpawkicker   Dec-10-06 02:49 PM   #72 
  - Because some people enjoy telling others how to live their lives.  GOPisEvil   Dec-09-06 12:21 PM   #26 
  - I'm not judging anybody - just trying to understand the animosity  donsu   Dec-09-06 12:39 PM   #30 
     - I wasn't saying you were being judgemental.  GOPisEvil   Dec-09-06 09:52 PM   #61 
  - wow this is a big subject  zingaro   Dec-09-06 01:05 PM   #32 
  - I think it's because there is too damn much of it. Survivor was  QMPMom   Dec-09-06 01:25 PM   #34 
  - I should think that obvious.  ElboRuum   Dec-09-06 01:44 PM   #35 
  - I don't.  xmas74   Dec-09-06 01:46 PM   #36 
  - you think so?  hfojvt   Dec-09-06 02:25 PM   #42 
     - I don't know.  xmas74   Dec-09-06 04:07 PM   #45 
  - my opinion  idgiehkt   Dec-09-06 01:54 PM   #37 
  - Because personal dignity is important  AngryAmish   Dec-09-06 02:13 PM   #41 
  - I don't like or watch either.  hippywife   Dec-09-06 03:36 PM   #43 
  - The same reason I don't like fictional books without stories.  Evoman   Dec-09-06 03:47 PM   #44 
  - Because they showcase freaks.  graywarrior   Dec-09-06 04:08 PM   #46 
  - I love freaks too.  xmas74   Dec-09-06 04:10 PM   #47 
     - There's only a few I can watch.  graywarrior   Dec-09-06 04:12 PM   #48 
        - Of course.  xmas74   Dec-09-06 04:15 PM   #49 
           - Those bachelor/bachelorette shows are rejection favorites.  graywarrior   Dec-09-06 04:25 PM   #50 
              - Those are my guilty pleasures.  xmas74   Dec-09-06 04:35 PM   #51 
                 - It's like watching rats give birth.  graywarrior   Dec-09-06 04:39 PM   #52 
                    - May I borrow that line?  xmas74   Dec-09-06 04:40 PM   #53 
                       - Be my guest. I'll have forgotten it by the next time I watch SuperNanny  graywarrior   Dec-09-06 04:41 PM   #54 
                          - Another horrid guilty pleasure!  xmas74   Dec-09-06 04:47 PM   #55 
                             - I actually hate that show. But I'll watch it if Mr. Gray is not around.  graywarrior   Dec-09-06 04:48 PM   #56 
                                - I only watch it at work.  xmas74   Dec-09-06 04:50 PM   #58 
  - I LOVE reality TV -- well, certain shows  LostinVA   Dec-09-06 04:50 PM   #57 
  - Top Chef is fun. And you know how I love Trading Spouses now.  haruka3_2000   Dec-10-06 01:09 PM   #68 
     - Really? What?  LostinVA   Dec-10-06 02:45 PM   #70 
        - Hmm...  haruka3_2000   Dec-10-06 02:47 PM   #71 
           - That's better than Trading Spouses  LostinVA   Dec-10-06 02:56 PM   #73 
              - Oh absolutely.  haruka3_2000   Dec-10-06 03:04 PM   #74 
  - Reality TV is mainly Vapid and shallow.  YellowRubberDuckie   Dec-09-06 07:38 PM   #60 
  - It panders like a whore to the lowest common denominator. Some  bertha katzenengel   Dec-09-06 09:56 PM   #62 
  - Trading Spaces is stupid? Intervention is stupid? Mercat Manor is  donsu   Dec-10-06 11:35 AM   #63 
     - "Trading Spouses" and "Wife Swap?" Absolutely!!  bertha katzenengel   Dec-10-06 12:05 PM   #64 
        - maybe you have hit on the problem of understanding the animosity  donsu   Dec-10-06 12:19 PM   #65 
        - Oh man, I love "Trading Spouses"  haruka3_2000   Dec-10-06 01:07 PM   #67 
  - I enjoy some shows...  Engi   Dec-10-06 12:49 PM   #66 
  - Some of it is extremely silly.  terrya   Dec-10-06 01:10 PM   #69 
  - I like *some* reality TV  Rob H.   Dec-10-06 03:58 PM   #75 
  - Because we all have problems accepting the differences in others.  chknltl   Dec-11-06 02:31 AM   #78 
  - I find it disgusting  Skittles   Dec-11-06 02:37 AM   #79 
  - No story, no talent, no plot  Lowell   Dec-11-06 07:22 AM   #80 
 

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