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
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.
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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 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
Sometimes I just want to read fluff, and this book was exactly that. Fun and informative with a little bit of psychology and gossip thrown in for good measure. I listened to this as an audio book. So, just like the show where I multi-task while watching, I was able to multi-task while listening, which is exactly what I needed right now!
My secret is out....I'm a Bachelor Fan! Of course, my immediate family and a few friends know I love The Bachelor and Bachelorette shows but it's not something I regularly admit to watching. I know I'm not alone since I've been seeing comments for this book pop up on Goodreads from others who start off by saying The Bachelor is their guilty pleasure show. And a secret. Well, Amy Kaufman has now put our #BachelorNation obsession into coherent words with her engaging, witty book. Seriously, how ha ...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.
Should I be embarrassed that I pre-ordered this book before it came out and then saved it to read in a one day sitting when I very much needed a distracting pick me up? Probably, but I'm not. It was a fun read- more academically inclined with whole chapters of history of other television dating shows (and this part is honestly what made me give the book 3 vs 4 stars...*yawn*) and less salacious dirt than I'd hoped for (👎), BUT still enough Bachelor gossip and behind the scenes fun for me to inha ...more