Megan’s novel way to deal with reality TV

Francesca MannGeraldton Guardian
Former The Bachelor star Megan Marx has released her debut novel, Episode Eight.
Camera IconFormer The Bachelor star Megan Marx has released her debut novel, Episode Eight. Credit: Instagram

If there’s one person who knows what it is like to be wrapped up in reality TV shows and their scandals, it’s Megan Marx.

The former Geraldton resident first appeared on our television screens in 2016 as a contestant on The Bachelor, quitting during the rose ceremony.

Last year, Marx competed on Bachelor in Paradise.

But before she headed out to Fiji for her second shot at finding love on national TV, Marx had started writing a psychological thriller about the carry on behind the scenes of a reality show.

Earlier this year the 30-year-old released her debut novel, Episode Eight.

“I don’t want to say too much but it’s pretty intense,” Marx said.

“It goes through my own personal experiences in a fictional way, what it’s like going on a reality show and the things you have to deal with coming off it.

“We’re obsessed with reality TV. So many of us are interested in it but really it’s just trash TV, it’s all very manipulated.”

Marx, who has a science degree, said she had always loved writing, finding comfort in the cathartic process of putting pen to paper. And after her stint on The Bachelor, Marx had a lot to get off her chest.

“You might do 20 hours of filming in a day and they only show 10 minutes — it’s frustrating,” she said.

“And a lot of what you see isn’t real — one scene they edited my words together, slashing between me saying something different and a voice over.”

But Marx said the hardest thing to deal with was the way people treated her after the show, especially when she returned to her normal life in Geraldton.

“It was weird, I thought I’d come back and it’d be normal, but people were a bit rude to me,” she said.

“I didn’t feel like I’d changed, but I felt like people treated me differently, like they thought I was better than everyone.

“But it was the opposite — I’d been on this stupid show and everyone knew it, and in a small place everyone knows your business. Sometimes people don’t see you as a person, and the negativity that gets thrown at you does actually hurt.

“I’ve built up thick skin over the last few years, but at first it was very hard to deal with.”

Marx now lives in Sydney, but visits Geraldton when she can to see her family and friends.

She’s currently working on writing a follow-on book to Episode Eight.

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