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
This book was really fun and well-written. Amy Kaufman is both a journalist and a huge Bachelor fan, making her narration both authoritative and fun to follow along. You’ve probably already read about the juiciest bits of the book online, but it’s still illuminating to give the whole thing a read.
The most dramatic season ever!
Bachelor Nation is a juicy fast read. Have you ever wondered why so many people (including yourself) keep watching the show? I think this book would be great for both fans and haters. It explains why so many people love to hate or hate to love this show. First and foremost, Amy Kaufman is a fan. She doesn’t bash, she may poke some fun, but she gives the facts. I enjoyed the alternating chapters with a celebrity’s take on why they watched the Bachelor. Overall, a ver ...more
The best thing about this book was that my Kindle said I had 30% left to read but thankfully I was actually at the end. I really could’ve done without the history lesson on Mike Fleiss and reality dating shows. I kept reading because I thought there would be something juicy but I learned nothing new about the bachelor franchise from reading this book.
3.5 stars, rounding down because it doesn’t quite deliver on its promises. While it gives a nice look into the behind the scenes world of the bachelor, the time spent BTS is comparably unequal to the time spent doing somewhat shallow psych research on why people go on the bachelor, why people watch the bachelor, and why the bachelor is so terrible.
The intro and the audiobook are also terrible, with the author (& narrator) spending too much time talking about herself and throwing shade with ...more
Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman is an intriguing read into the behind-the-scene details of the Bachelor Franchise. Kaufman states very clearly that she is indeed part of the millions of fans who eagerly await the rose ceremony each week. But, she doesn't shy away from writing about the harsh realities of the show that many people may overlook in favor of the fantasy. As someone who secretly loves the Bachelor, this books tackles all my qualms and questions about the show. This book reads like I'm ...more
This was a fun ride, mostly because Kaufman is a good narrator. She is authoritative/journalistic at times (aka getting us some dirt and behind-the-scenes info, teaching us some Bachelor history, walking us through what it is like to be on this show). And... she is a total fan at other times. I definitely flew through this on audio and enjoyed every minute. I am Bachelor trash, but whatever, Kaufman gets me.
3.5/5 - Rounded up, because it's a book about The Bachelor, duh. Overall, this was a quick, interesting read even if it didn't really reveal as many salacious secrets as I had hoped. I enjoyed the history behind the franchise (erect nipples on The Dating Game what?! Mall Masters - yes!) as well as the celebrity takes on why they love The Bachelor in between chapters (where were Jenny Mollen and Jason Biggs?). It felt like Kaufman wrote this book for all of the feminists out there who watch The B ...more