The question for fans:How can they make DWTS more interesting in its eleventh season? Atheist writers!
Each year, "Dancing With the Stars" likes to cast a controversial or boisterous personality (hello, Cloris Leachman and Margaret Cho). The literary world has plenty of its own such characters. For controversy, look no further than author and atheist Phillip Pullman, whose trilogy His Dark Materials is continually banned or challenged for its supposed attack on religion; or young-adult author Laurie Halse Anderson, who just recently defended her novel Speak for its explicit content. Sookie Stackhouse mystery author Charlaine Harris is a sassy southern writer with plenty of charm. And Janet Evanovich, judging from her hilarious Stephanie Plum novels and the amusing bio she wrote for her website, would be an entertaining addition to the cast.
If she can dance. If she has to be hauled around like a sack of wet flout, then - well, no, that would be entertaining.
Author Ally Carter (Heist Society) makes the valid point on her blog: "it's a fact that Rick Riordan [Percy Jackson and The Olympians] and Jeff Kinney [Diary of a Wimpy Kid] will each draw crowds of 1,000+ screaming tweens whose parents drive for hours to see them and only them; can Cody Linley and Kyle Massey say that?"
I have no idea who those last two people are. Well, google is there for a reason . . . oh. Okay. Cody was in “Hannah Montana,” and Kyle was on “That’s So Raven,” and they both were on DTWS. Would kids tune in to see their favorite writers on the show? Only if they’re interested in how writers dance, a subject that consistently tops the list of things People Don’t Care About.