Here’s the blurb:
‘Reality television is one of the defining genres of the 21st century. It is shown worldwide, features people from all walks of life and covers everything from romance to religion. It has not only changed television, but every other area of the media. So why has reality TV become such a huge phenomenon, and what is its future in an age of streaming and social media? This book provides an overview of key theories and debates in the study of reality television and discusses industry practices in their global and national contexts. Deller also explores, through interviews with participants and analyses of key programmes, why people take part in reality TV, how they are represented, and the impact this has on their lives. From its documentary roots to its social media present and future – this is a guide to Reality Television: The TV Phenomenon that Changed the World.’
The book is aimed at a broad audience, not just academics, but anyone with an interest in the genre – it extends existing discussions and analyses of RTV to bring in recent examples like Love Island, and the Queer Eye reboot, as well as looking at the impacts of streaming and social media on the genre.
Chapter list below – more info to come!
Chapter 1. Understanding Reality TV Chapter 2. How Reality TV Changed the World Chapter 3. The Business of Reality TV Chapter 4. What Happens in Reality TV? Chapter 5. Reality TV and Celebrity Chapter 6. Reality TV in an Age of Social Media