Tuesday 15 May 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I'd Like To See On A Reality Show

This week's theme for "Top Ten Tuesday" via "The Broke and the Bookish" is extra challenging for me. I don't watch reality TV. I have seen some shows, but I mostly find them gratingly annoying. Picking ten of my favourite authors won't be difficult but what setting to put them in...

There was this one reality show that I did like. Actually, only the first season. Anyone remember "The Mole" from 2001? It was hosted by Anderson Cooper. The basic premise was that you ran around doing various spy missions to earn money for the winner's pot while one of the 'contestants' was actually a mole trying to screw up the missions and keep the pot lower. The first season was so fun! Everyone was having fun playing spies and the mole was actually really nice. :P The second season got all catty and uber competitive. Not as much fun.

So if I had to pick a real reality show, The Mole is the one I would pick. And the contestants?

1. Christopher Moore - He is hilarious and would make the whole show funny and surreal.

Christopher Moore

2. Joseph Finder - He's brilliant and has contacts in the CIA/NSA/FBI. He'd probably win.

Joseph Finder

3. Neal Stephenson - Super geeky and intelligent, he would probably put the most money in the pot by kicking butt on the cryptic/puzzle/problem-solving challenges.

Neal Stephenson

4. Lawrence Block - One of the older of the bunch would be very funny and clever.

Lawrence Block

5. Ann Patchett - She's pretty much like The Mole in the first season. Sweet, funny, smart...

Ann Patchett

6. Jim Butcher - He knows Kung Fu.

Jim Butcher

7. MaryJanice Davidson - She would be hilarious and the vixen of the group.

MaryJanice Davidson

8. Hugh Laurie - My guess is he might be good on TV.

Hugh Laurie

9. Sir Terry Pratchett - Gotta throw some Brit Fantasy in the mix for whimsy.

Sir Terry Pratchett

10. Charles Yu - I don't know much about him but he seems like he'd be an interesting addition to any group. I'm pretty sure he's a geek and would probably be a fan of Stephenson.

Charles Yu

Hmm. None of those are Canadian. That makes me sad. Much of my favourite music is Canadian but for some reason my reading preferences come from the US or UK.  Weird. Do we not breed surreal geeks here? And mostly males. This might be an incentive for me to get going on my novel...


  1. I watched some of the first season of The Mole--it was entertaining. And I like your choices of contestants! :)

    1. Thanks! I wasn't sure if anyone else had actually seen that show. :P It was fun for a while...

  2. Great list! I don't think I watched the whole season of The Mole, but I remember it.
    Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog