It costs a great deal less to produce an hour of reality than an hour of primetime drama.
My fear is that (reality TV) will become more participatory with the audience," she says.
According to Perl-Raver, producers and editors created narratives and clichés based on exaggerated actions or parts of their personality.
During Chris' final date with Sasha Perl-Raver, producers captured and chose to air an aggressive kiss where she bites him on the lip.
In her blog, she writes "A large part of me feels like they edited out some of the best stuff to make the storylines clichéd enough to entertain without illumination" – a perfect metaphor for her dark dating experience.
In the episode, Sasha and contestants Jennifer and Megan all select the same man – athletic trainer Chris – to share a final date and reveal each other in the light.
In this episode: It’s Valentine’s Day and Amanda is alone.
At the office, Lyric is being flooded with gifts from her boyfriend.
Perl-Raver says the show left out several other dates and milestones, including a scene when the girls receive humorous sketches based on the guys' perceptions of them in the dark, and a sexually-charged date including Jennifer, Chris and whip cream.
But the only thing she can focus on is figuring out how to find her perfect guy.
Unfortunately for Amanda, she ends up dating one shitty guy after another, and struggles to learn lessons from her failed romances that will help her navigate future relationships.
Have networks and producers skewed reality so much over time that it's no longer about real people and real life, or have we just mislabelled a genre that thrives on manufactured clichés, unreal situations, and good old fashioned voyeurism?
"The word people should be looking for is television, not reality," says contestant Sasha Perl-Raver, who was one of six people looking for love in the third episode of this year's new ABC reality romance series.