Bachelor Nation

Bachelor Nation

Inside the World of America's Guilty Pleasure

Book - 2018
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For 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.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781101985908
Characteristics: viii, 310 pages ;,24 cm.

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darladoodles
Jun 04, 2018

I am a fair weather Bachelor viewer -- tending to tune in toward the end of the season, especially if there is a controversy like the most recent season and Ari's flip flop. Watching those last couple of episodes was a testament to the power of editing in holding the viewers captive and manufacturing a narrative. The chapter on how to become a contestant looked like torture. It is amazing that girls and guys endure to the end and go on the show only to find that their real selves are somehow lost on the editing floor. Kaufman reveals that many of the contestants she met in real life often belied her impression of them from the actual viewing of the show.

Reality television is here to stay, so what are we to make of it? Over this past year I have read some fiction books that portray reality shows, so the "secrets" revealed in this book are really no surprise. The concept of the "Frankenbite" is out there -- even in some newscasts -- so it behooves us as viewers to be discerning and seek truth.

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KatG1983
Apr 25, 2018

If you were hoping for some hot Bachelor tea, this book will disappoint. There's not a lot in here that I didn't already know (or intuit) from reading other Bachelor books (I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends, for example), reading Sharleen Joynt's blog, or listening to the ever increasing amount of Bachelor contestant podcasts. There is some interesting back story about Mike Fleiss, and the woman who is credited for making the show what it is...but... nothing earth shattering. It's definitely a book you'll skim read. Oh, also, it says the book is 310 pages - but the body of the book is only 265 (the rest being acknowledgements, a list of every Bachelor/Bachelorette, and a lengthy bibliography - the majority of the author's 'interviews' are actually previously published media pieces) - and even within there, there's a lot of filler (like the origin story of dating reality shows... do you really care how we got from Love Connection to Bachelor?).

A must read for fans of the Bachelor franchise! I think this book finally helped me understand why I love this show so much.

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