February 21, 2004

Simon Says

Well, I had a couple of bookstore gift certificates burning a hole in my pocket, so I went and bought a few books this week, including American Idol judge Simon Cowell's effort, "I Don't Mean to Be Rude, But...". It is rather slight in length, hardback, so when I was buying it, I figured it would be a ripoff. I'm slogging through a long trilogy right now (Kim Stanley Robinson's "Red/Blue/Green Mars" trilogy), and I needed a quick read of something completely different just to recharge.

Anyway, it turned out to be quite interesting and readable. I was pleasantly surprised. I mean, I love the show, and I do think Simon is the most interesting part of it. He talks in this book about his early career (which I knew nothing about), how he made it to be a big success, and he also mentions a few other details about how American Idol got started and so forth. The most interesting part of the book for me was his childhood, his background and his description of how the whole recording industry works in England.

He also has plenty of behind-the-scenes stuff from the first two seasons (I never watched the first season). I didn't realize how close was his friendship with Ryan Seacrest. He seems to treat both Ryan and Paula with semi-playful contempt on the show, but with Ryan, it's all in fun. With Paula... it's not clear all the time. Now that I've read this, I'd be interested in seeing Paula's book, if she ever writes one, just to see her side of things. Problem is, even though I've always liked Paula's music, I think she's a pretty boring judge, and I imagine she would write a pretty boring book (unless she got a really good ghostwriter/assistant to help out like a lot of major league ballplayers do for their books).

In other Reality TV news, I'm still getting a kick out of Survivor All-Stars. Richard Hatch makes me laugh just about every time he's on the screen, and Boston Rob is kind of like that, too. They're both such assholes, but they have charisma and are fun to watch. So far, it has been a good series.

Posted by Observer at February 21, 2004 07:12 AM

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