The first definitive, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes cultural history of the Bachelor franchise, America's favorite guilty pleasureFor fifteen years and thirty-five seasons, the Bachelor franchise has been a mainstay in American TV viewers' lives. Since it premiered in 2002, the show's popularity and relevance has only grown--more than eight million viewers tuned in to see the conclusion of the most recent season of The Bachelor.The iconic reality television show's reach and influence into the cultural zeitgeist is undeniable. Bestselling writers and famous actors live tweet about it. Die-hard fans--dubbed "Bachelor Nation"--come together every week during each season to participate in fantasy leagues and viewing parties. Bachelor Nation is the first behind-the-scenes, unauthorized look into the reality television phenomenon. Los Angeles Times journalist Amy Kaufman is a proud member of Bachelor Nation and has a long history with the franchise--ABC even banned her from attending show events after her coverage of the program got a little too real for its liking. She has interviewed dozens of producers, contestants, and celebrity fans to give readers never-before-told details of the show's inner workings: what it's like to be trapped in the mansion "bubble"; dark, juicy tales of producer manipulation; and revelations about the alcohol-fueled debauchery that occurs long before the fantasy suite. Kaufman also explores what our fascination means, culturally: what the show says about the way we view so-called ideal suitors, our subconscious yearning for fairy-tale romance, and how this enduring television show has shaped society's feelings about love, marriage, and feminism by appealing to a marriage plot that's as old as Jane Austen....
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Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure Reviews
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I’m going to lead into this one by saying… Amy, you are HILARIOUS, like really hilarious. From page one Amy had me beyond entertained and this book read as if I was engaging in a conversation with a friend. How many times did I find myself giggling you ask? Well, as if it was an interruption, my dear husband asked me on one too many occasions why I was laughing while my nose was in this book. It's seriously such an entertaining read.
Now, if your impression is ...more
I skim-read this in 90 minutes at Chapters this afternoon while sipping a Starbucks tea latte because I am secretly B-A-S-I-C. I started watching The Bachelor in high school when I was very sad because watching pretty people cry can make you feel really good about yourself if you are in A Bad Place. Since then, I have dipped in and out of being a member of Bachelor Nation. Often, I will watch only watch the show if someone else in my life happens to be watching it, a dynamic which my boyfriend h ...more
This book was full of so many "real-talk" moments that had NOTHING to do with the Bachelor - so many thoughtful musings and statements about love, relationships, gender roles/expectations, and wedding culture. The parts about the creator and pre-cursors to the show dragged, but otherwise, this was a fantastic read.
I really enjoyed this book, I’d give it 3.5 stars. I’m a fan of the show, follow the author on twitter and listen to several bachelor podcasts. What I liked most was that there WAS still new information out there to be shared, and I devoured every new piece of gossip. It was the perfect fun, light read.
This book wasn’t nearly as good as I wanted it to be. I skim read this book and skipped whole sections. There are some interesting tidbits about how the show works, but I was hoping for more humor to balance out the darker aspects of the show. The author needs to stop shortening words (for example “mansh” instead of “mansion”). A book called “Most Dramatic Ever” is a much more entertaining read about the Bachelor.
Now that I've outed myself as a Bachelor viewer, I might as well embrace it and fully delve into it. You can't watch this show without being a little critical, or at least I can't. That being said, there's light-hearted snark and then there's mocking. I felt this book fell into the later category. Kaufman is building a career as an author on the Bachelor, so I felt she was often a little too mean about everything involved in the show, including it's fans. The tone of the book is a mixture of gos ...more
This was a fairly interesting read! I was hoping for more detailed and scandalous dirt, but the author sounds like she did her due diligence in trying to get people to open up. She conducted a ton of interviews with people who were willing to talk, and I really commend her research efforts for this book!
Honestly, most of what is revealed in the book will come as no surprise to Bachelor fans unless you really buy into the romance it tries to sell, especially if you also watch UnREAL. In revealing ...more