I can’t remember if I promised in my introductory post never to write about reality TV, but after imploring college journalists this weekend to be picky about quotes—half the ones most new writers (and some old ones) include should be paraphrased or cut—I could not resist the opportunity to highlight a truly outstanding use of a quote.
An editor on a reality dating show is basically a full-time quote plucker. Usually they do an appalling job, though in their defense they are dealing with people who say “Everything happens for a reason” about 72 times a day. In writing, good quotes further the momentum, say something better than the writer can, truly give you an idea what a person is like. They serve a purpose. On tonight’s episode of “The Bachelor,” WHICH IS A SHOW ABOUT THE MOST PERSONAL THING POSSIBLE, a woman given the boot for an “inappropriate relationship” with a show producer tells the host, “I don’t think my personal life is any of your business.”
Lady, that quote serves so many purposes I don’t even know where to start.