It really depends on what the reality show is. But if they were all on a show like Survivor or the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, these are the authors I’d want to see featured. They’re not in a particular order.
1.) Stephenie Meyer-with all the drama going on in her books, she seems like the logical addition to any reality show.
2.) Stephen King-If only because of the tension that would arise between him and Meyer, King is definitely on my list. His distaste for the author of the Twilight saga would create interesting tensions. “The real difference is that J.K. Rowling is a terrific writer, and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.” Oooh the drama!
3.) Edgar Allen Poe-Macabre and morose, he’s the only author I know who can come up with one of the most confusing deaths I’ve ever heard of (he was found beaten and delirious in the streets of Baltimore wearing someone else’s clothing and repeating the name “Reynolds” over and over on his actual death bed the same night–thank you wikipedia). What reality show wouldn’t want some of that?
4.) Jon Krakauer-Most famous for such works as Under the Banner of Heaven (about religious extremists and murder) and Into the Wild (a young man leaves his home and all the luxury he’d known to make a life in the wild, which doesn’t quite read like a Hallmark movie script), Krakauer is a mountaineer whose most famous climb is now known as the 1996 Mount Everest Disaster.
5.) C.S. Lewis & 6.) Philip Pullman-Another pair I have to put on the list; Pullman denounces Lewis’s fictitious works and if Lewis were alive, I’m sure he’d be doing the same about Pullman in his own way (painfully shy man, I’ve been told). I can picture it now: the two circling, pens drawn, arguing their own beliefs to the figurative death…that’s good stuff.
7.) Flannery O’Connor-Those Irish. Her focus on morally flawed characters and exploration of morality in general would add an interesting dynamic. Her struggle with lupus creates moments for audience sympathy as well.
8.) Suzanne Collins- Could she survive the Hunger Games? This would be one way to find out.
9.) Emily Dickinson-The recluse. The sheltered kid. Something a little different from the rest of the list.
10.) George Orwell-Another socially aloof individual, as the author of Animal Farm and 1984 and having been involved in the Spanish War and World War II, he’d be bound to be a bit paranoid.
There they are, in their glory. I realize half of them are dead, but it would make an interesting smattering. I’m waiting for this show now.