“Shannon Nering does a good job of plausibly illustrating the soulless, cutthroat world of show business and provides a great cast of characters to perfectly complement the story. With just the right amount of fact mixed in with fiction, Realty Jane confirms suspicions of how ‘real’ reality TV really is, while providing light entertainment and an occasional laugh.”
Jane Kaufman leaves her beloved Vancouver for the sunny shores of Los Angeles after scoring a gig as the producer of a reality show.
Her first moments in town make Jane realize she’s not in Kansas—or Canada—anymore when the women who are supposed to be her friends and trusty coworkers unceremoniously ditch her prior to a cast/farewell party.
Pulling herself and her pride back together, Jane begins working on the show, only to find that she’s just a puppet whose main goal is to keep a spoiled prima donna actress in line, while she watches her subordinates blatantly flirt their way up the promotion ladder.
Things get even more complicated when Jane gets a big break to produce a hot new show set in France. Just dumped by her self-centered action-adventure boyfriend, Jane puts everything into this new endeavor and finds herself caught in a love triangle between the host-with-the most, Alex, and the very sweet and cute cameraman, Grant.
Back in the states, Jane is finding reality shows worse than fiction and her life not exactly where she hoped it would be. When she learns that a famed psychologist/self-help guru is moving his show to L.A., Jane is sure that’s where her salvation lies. With a little help from Alex and a stern warning from Grant, Jane gets the gig.
But it’s not long before she learns that moving up the Hollywood ladder isn’t as glamorous as she thought and that those big rewards don’t come without total sacrifice.
Reality Jane is the perfect light read. It’s a cute, chick-lit look behind the reality show curtain and contains all the right ingredients for a quick break from your own reality. Jane is a sweet likeable girl who has the best intentions, but quickly learns that morals won’t get you anywhere in Hollywood.
Shannon Nering does a good job of plausibly illustrating the soulless, cutthroat world of show business and provides a great cast of characters to perfectly complement the story.
With just the right amount of fact mixed in with fiction, Realty Jane confirms suspicions of how “real” reality TV really is, while providing light entertainment and an occasional laugh.