I rarely watch television. I haven't dedicated myself to regularly watching a television show for years. Little did I know that in the summer of 2000 that was about to change, at least for a short time.
Survivor was a pop phenomenon in 2000. Everyone at work, bars, bus stops, etc. would chat about who got voted off and what happened that Wednesday. It was uncanny. I hadn't seen something like this in my city since Team Canada beat the U.S. and was playing Russia for the gold medal in the World Junior Hockey Championships.
Something had to give. While home one Wednesday night I actually tuned in halfway through an episode of this Survivor that everyone was talking about. I had missed a decent amount of episodes already but wow. I actually found it interesting. After giving it a try the next week I was hooked. I had to know what was going on week to week. I was suckered in.
The book on the show 'Survivor' isn't exactly what I expected but I suppose I shouldn't have expected much. Written by the producer Mark Burnett, it details what went on throughout the filming of the show on almost a day to day basis. Most of the time it just rehashed what we saw for ourselves on television. It was the few extra tidbits included that I was really looking for. While Mr. Burnett dedicates quite a bit of space to the crew, he does have some interesting information about the contestants of the show. For example, I would have instantly beaten Susan Hawk's head in if she shaved her bikini line with my razor like she did to Sean Kenniff's. She's more bitter of a woman than I had actually thought she was.
It's the small little bits of information that make this a worthwhile read. Mr. Burnett tends to blend in so much of his psychology and analysis of the contestants throughout their ordeal it starts to become a bit frustrating. You can tell he and his crew were impressed with the cast as after virtually every negative comment he writes about someone, he has to throw in two or more compliments about the person. Then again perhaps he's being political and doesn't really want to hurt anyone's feelings.
The book is an easy read. I half expected it to be due to my own personal stereotype of the intellect of the typical couch potato. There are quite a few punctuation and editing errors throughout the book but heck, this is a book on Survivor, not Shakespeare.
I enjoyed this book. It took me only a little more than a night to read and let me relive a little of that excitement I had watching the show last summer. I think overall I would have preferred a collection of writings by each contestant explaining their point of views. Unfortunately the only person that has even close to an interview is the winner Richard Hatch, and it's a bland one at that.
If you liked the show you should enjoy this. Get it cheap though, I got mine at fifty percent off because the bookstore by my place can't get rid of them, and the asking price of $27.50 Canadian is way to outrageous for this....Continua