I had friends around for a BBQ last night and had to confess my guilty secret to them. They were quite appalled and I don't blame them. Whomever would had thought at an author of dragon battles and magical mysteries would have fallen for the spangled hype of watching B grade celebrities camping out in Africa.
I have to say that it is so bad, it's good!
I doubt there will be any high-brow conversations to educate the audience, hell, there aren't even any celebrities that I was particularly fond of prior to entering the show. Well, I guess I should say there is one Olympic swimmer from my home town, who I have not met that I do admire. Leisl Jones is a local hero around here, so I will be cheering her on.
The others are a motley crew: a comedian (I have never heard of); a talk show host (I haven't watched); a guy from a famous family (not sure what he does); a model; a good looking guy (maybe he's a model too); a former U.S. child star from the 80s (Marsha from the Brady Bunch); an 80s cricketing legend (who seems to sleep all day on the show); a football player; and a former Hi-5 member (not in it when my kiddies watched it though).
So looking at that, I can't see any logical reason for me to like the show. Maybe it's the hosts, the chiselled Dr Chris the Bondi Vet and the funny, although painfully flirty Julia Morris. Nah, I don't think they make the show either.
Eliminating the above factors, leaves only the charming characters of some of the contestants. Leisl, Joel and Maureen (the Brady Bunch lady) are really quite amusing and get along very well.
There have also been some challenges in the show which have been hard to tear myself away from, such as Barry Hall being subjected to lying in a pit filling with water and having rats crawling all over him.
Snakes, scorpions, spiders, eating worms and deer's livers. Tonight there is a promised encounter with a hippo ... mustn't miss that one.
It really is like watching a car crash, where you don't want to watch it, but just can't look away.
Don't worry, I am not seeking your pity or approval dear readers, just an understanding that we are human and must watch something between Game of Thrones seasons.
So, until next time ... I'm an author, get me out of here!