Well it's Saturday night and the only thing on antenna TV is Survivor. I really don't mind because I am always amazed at the depths that people will go for money. The winner isn't the one who is the nicest, it's the one who can outsmart the others. The winner has to be willing to give up some principals for money.

Sexy Girls Comments

There is always a hot guy and always a hot girl but their looks don't guarantee a win.

Sexy Men Comments

It's the person who is able to sneak, trick, lie, bribe or use whatever means they can to win the money. So then is it all about money. I'm not sure it is. I know very few people who would give up their time and take a chance to do something like this. To live under conditions that are not exactly pleasant to win money. So there has to be more to it. A desire to be on TV. A competitive nature. Whatever it is, I am actually hoping for Russell to survive.
Well he did. What does that say about me? I like to watch people fight and then make up
without killing each other.

Animals Comments
He should win because he played strategically. No matter what you say.

Landscapes Comments

I'm watching this and here I watch a man, Russell, who is an oil company owner, (supposedly very wealthy), able to rule the game so far. Let's see if it works.
Now they address the last three people, Russell tells it like it is. You gotta respect him he's honest about being dishonest. If they outplayed me let then win. Oh, Doc. I think you blew it. What is the blonds name again?


Oh my goodness they picked the girl, Natalie, now they will have to tell us why. They say it's much like life, but that was funny. I like Russel, It shows you can like the bad guy!!!! Authors, this is a lesson to be learned. You can like the bad guy hero! You just have to write his story so it works. What is it that makes that work?,


  1. Judy // December 21, 2009 at 7:54 AM  

    Mary, good post! I don't watch Survivor but the lesson you pointed out is valid. Sometimes the bad guys win. In writing, I think it's keeping true to the nature of each character that makes them believable and winners or losers....

  2. Mary Marvella // December 21, 2009 at 1:04 PM  

    WOW, Mary R, you rock at the cool posts! I'm not a survivor fan, but i think we try to find some redeeming trait or action, even in the bad guys. As Pam would say, it's about the motivation.

    Mama Mary

  3. Patrice // December 21, 2009 at 1:46 PM  

    I don't watch Survivor either, and I don't ususally like bad boys. I usually have extremely likable heros, almost too perfect if you get my drift. My last book, All of Me, I decided to write about a bad boy, who went to jail, drove Harleys, liked women, drink and trouble. Well, I just couldn't do it and make him likeable so I let that be all in his wild youth, and redeemed him, so he turned out pretty much like all my men - perfectly hunky, sweet and desirable.
    Whatever works, right?

  4. Mary Ricksen // December 21, 2009 at 1:47 PM  


  5. Barbara Edwards // December 21, 2009 at 2:01 PM  

    I admit not watching, but do like the bare-chested guys. and the locales.

  6. Beth Trissel // December 21, 2009 at 3:08 PM  

    I used to watch Survivor faithfully, but fell away. If you don't keep, you don't care anymore as I had to get attached to certain individuals.
    However, I remember past seasons well and the astounding lengths people went to win, or just plain survive. Yes, interesting study in motivation.

  7. Lynne Roberts // December 21, 2009 at 3:18 PM  

    I don't watch Survivor either, but I loved your post.

    I think the answer is charisma. Bad guys aren't all bad, they can be charming. If you paint them with nuance, then they can become intriguing.

  8. Emma Lai // December 21, 2009 at 3:23 PM  

    I have always been a bad boys fan. Yes, there is the thought I might be able to redeem him, but for me it's a challenge and an adrenaline rush. The bad boy always has an air of indifference. He knows he's great. If he bestows his attention on you then you must also be great by association.

  9. Margaret Tanner // December 21, 2009 at 3:31 PM  

    Hi Mary,
    Great post. Yeah, I love the bad boys too, as long as they are redeemable.
    Merry Christmas

  10. Scarlet Pumpernickel // December 21, 2009 at 5:33 PM  

    Mary you made me think about the outcome of this show. I don't watch it. Cannot abide reality shows. Like my entertainment with a big dose of fiction. I saw it was on and clicked right on by. Ended up watching the show about the girl who was kidnapped for 18 years. Intersting to see how many times everyone dropped the ball on that weirdo. Was Russell the one who claimed he wasn't really like he came across on the show? Paused for just a moment and moved on. Glad you stayed to give us a report on who won!

  11. Scarlet Pumpernickel // December 21, 2009 at 6:52 PM  

    Mary, the graphic won't load for me because of the firewall at Panera where Mary and I are meeting to critique.Guess I'll have to wait until I get home to see the graphics. Mary showed them to me across the table, but I wanna see them again!

  12. P.L. Parker // December 21, 2009 at 8:13 PM  

    We all love the bad boys - makes life interesting.

  13. Nightingale // December 21, 2009 at 11:20 PM  

    I don't watch the show but maybe I will. The Bad Boy was too cute. I liked your indepth look into the reality show.

  14. Scarlet Pumpernickel // December 22, 2009 at 1:00 AM  

    Home and the graphics are working! Love the pictures and the dolphin is kewl!

  15. Mona Risk // December 22, 2009 at 9:37 PM  

    I don't watch Survivor but I enjoyed your post a lot. I am always surprised and shocked at what some people would do to win or make money.