The Fat Lady Finally Sings
By: November Rain 9/12/2006

This season of Big Brother, like every season I have watched, gave me my money’s worth. I had plenty to complain about, think about, and cheer about. I hated the apparent lack of rules. I liked the human interactions and getting to see how 14 different people reacted to the same events. I cheered when the final two women came together.

My personal complaint list is long, but so is my list of why I watch.

Big Brother is the only production on television that allows the viewer to pull a chair up and watch while it is in the making. That is phenomenal. I think that takes guts and nerves of steel, both for the producers and the players.

My favorite part is, of course, the surface psychology of it. I say surface because I know that there is so much more to the players than we see. They have lives that include jobs, other influences, friends, family, and a whole host of things outside of the house. Those things are bound to bend and shape them and cause them to behave differently. To believe that what you see of them in the house is all there is to see, is a little naïve, but those characteristics they bring, are IN them.

I am reminded of the end of The Breakfast Club, a teeny bopper favorite of my day, and the letter they leave. Read by Anthony Michael Hall’s character Brian Johnson:

*Brian Johnson: Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. And what we did was wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us... In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain...
Andrew Clark: ...and an athlete...
Allison Reynolds: ...and a basket case...
Claire Standish: ...a princess...
John Bender: ...and a criminal...
Brian Johnson: Does that answer your question?... Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.

Big Brother gave me what I was looking for. Because, each one of us is a watcher….

Alison:…and a sneak
Nakomis:…and a brain
Diane:…and a lonesome dove
Jase:…and a joker
Kaysar:…and a thinker
Marcellas:….and a complainer
Howie:….and a bully
James:…and a wreck
Danielle:…and bossy
George:…and a fool
Will:…and a manipulator
Janelle:…and a queen bee
Erika:…and a tart
Mike:…and a jerk

I told someone the other day that spending time on things that bore you is time wasted. I was never bored.

November Rain

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