From it's happy yellow cover with brightly colored parrots
peering from all corners*, to the poignant, albeit arguably predictable conclusion, Lost and Found
offers intelligent light reading for the beach,
your daily commute (so long as someone else is doing the driving!) or any other
place you might find yourself in the coming months. Its short chapters, each narrated by a different contestant, make it particularly easy to dip in and out of.
Although there are 12 pairs of contestants at the start of the game we only get
to know a handful of these in any depth. There's the two former child stars who've
spent their lives under the spotlight and see the reality show as their last
best hope for returning to some modicum of stardom; there's the deeply troubled
couple known to everyone but themselves as Team Brimstone, who are on a mission
to tell the...
Beyond the Book
Love it or hate it, Reality TV looks like it's here to stay, but it is not the
new phenomenon that many imagine. In fact, Reality TV in the USA (as it
most resembles the current day format) dates back all the way to 1973 when PBS
which followed the Loud family for seven months (300
hours of film was shot of which only 12 made it to TV) - 10 million viewers
tuned in to watch the marital breakup of Bill and Pat Loud and the coming-out of
their son Lance.
In fact, the history of the genre goes back even further to programs such as
(a precursor to America's Most Wanted
) which went on
air in 1955; and before that was the grand-daddy of all reality programs -
. Candid Camera