When I tell people I watch Bigg Boss, I am often met with exasperation and disgust. Now, before you start judging, hear out my reasons. I came across this book, published in 2001. The book is a wonderful piece of fiction, set in a reality TV show (drawing inspiration from Big Brother).

The book presents a great perspective on what goes into the making of a reality TV show. It explains how much of it is REAL, how people act when locked inside a house with no communications with the outside world. The reality of the reality TV is twisted.

Other than being a great insight into the human psyche- the lengths that people are willing to go to, just to make the show a success, it is also a terrific murder mystery! One of the contestants is murdered inside the house, and despite being under the constant supervision of thirty cameras, forty microphones, and ten contestants- no one is able to figure out who the killer is.

“AS LONG AS HE LIVED ,COLERIDGE DID NOT BELIEVE HE WOULD UNDERSTAND HOW A SINGLE RACE OF BEINGS COULD INCLUDE BOTH JESUS CHRIST AND THE SORT OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD DOWNLOAD A VIDEO OF A YOUNG WOMAN BEING MURDERED. HE RATHER SUPPOSED THAT HAD BEEN THE MESSIAH’S POINT, BUT THAT DIDN’T MAKE IT ANY EASIER TO UNDERSTAND OR ACCEPT.”

Though Elton looks like the middle-aged version of Harry Potter, he’s also quite a spell-caster with his spell-bounding take on the hyped-up, fame-crazed twenty-somethings who would do ANYTHING for reality TV, no matter how sinister that reality comes to undone. From the good, young doctor, the wild lesson, the ‘awful’ vagabond, a snobby blond, the ‘chill’ black guy- the house has characters from all stereotypes and does an amazing job at creating a satire on this generation’s biggest fascination- reality television.

With an ending that you would not see coming, whether you love reality TV shows, or hate them, the book is a great delight!

Song Recommendation- I’m A Psycho by Clooney

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