Reality Sucks

The Boston Globe takes an in-depth look at Bringing Down the House, the book on which the the movie 21, currently at the top of the box office charts, was based.

The article compares current nonfiction to reality TV:

Editors and industry analysts say that with sales of fiction flagging, book publishers are pressured toward the genre of dramatic nonfiction. Much like reality television shows, the shift is fed by the sense that what audiences want is reality, but packaged with an excitement and drama that the original facts lack

The story then goes on to chronicle the differences between the book and the recollections of the people who were involved in the actual events. The book’s author, Ben Mezrich responds that “everything he describes is accurate, only that it didn’t necessarily happen to the people, in the places, or at the times it occurs in the book.”

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