*A New York Times Bestseller*
The first definitive, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes cultural history of the Bachelor franchise, America’s favorite guilty pleasure.
For sixteen years and thirty-six seasons, the Bachelor franchise has been a mainstay in American TV viewers’ lives. Since it premiered in 2002, the show’s popularity and relevance have only grown—more than eight million viewers tuned in to see the conclusion of the most recent season of The Bachelor.
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 the best of Jane Austen.
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Not a lot of meat, was expecting more behind the scene tidbits. For really interesting bachelor nation info listen to Reality Steve’s podcasts!
Too much yet too little
The author spent too much time on non Bachelor information, such as a chapter on prior game shows. Also, the chapters by other “celebrities” on why they watch the bachelor were uninteresting. While the author interviewed many prior contestants and discussed how events were manipulated, she spent little or no time with actual fabrication stories, or the real events.
Bachelor Nation Book
Cool, informative read on the inner workings of the Bachelor!!