Reality romance? I don#039;t think so!

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 24, 2003

What is the deal with all of these so-called reality romance shows on TV?

There is the Bachelor, the Bachelorette, Joe Millionaire, Mr. Personality, For Love or Money, Who Wants to Marry My Dad, Anything for Love, and Paradise Hotel. I don't know what caused this trend to catch on, but I think it has about run its course.

I just don't get the appeal. I confess, I am guilty of watching a few of them and I even enjoy watching the way the people on the shows act.

But I personally would rather meet someone in real life in the place of having to go to a TV show on the off chance that that person would be the one.

I would not want to have to tell my kids that I went on a TV show and competed with 20 other girls to win their daddy. I just don't think that is for me.

Yes, I believe in true love and all that, but I don't think that you will find it in a premeditated show that is put on solely for ratings.

You may end up wanting to be with the person, but you wouldn't really know them because there are always cameras on these people. You know they are probably on their best behavior or just playing a game to win. Plus, you only know the person for a short time and in that short time, their attention is divided among others trying to win his affection.

I just don't believe that is how it should be.

Ever since the "Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire"… mess, everyone has wanted to watch these shows.

Out of all of these shows, how many of the people have stayed together?

I guess in the end, it doesn't matter what anyone thinks. If these people want to put their lives on display and they choose to look for love on a TV show, that is their prerogative and I say more power to them. It just isn't for me.