Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite

Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure 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 , the show s popularity and relevance has only grown than eight million viewers tuned in to see the conclusion of the most recent season of The BachelorThe 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 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 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 has said is similar to his relationship with the NHL As a casual fan who has read articles about the show on Pop Sugar and Refinery 29, I didn t learn a lot in this book that I didn t know already, since I knew going in that The Bachelor franchise is totally evil and manipulative and gross And yet, I tune in each week and have even purchased Bachelor Bingo lottery tickets in the past And have now read a whole book about The Bachelor Fuck Grab some popcorn kick back and enjoy this guilty pleasure Light, fun, and incredibly addictive especially if you are a fan of The Bachelor Some chapters wereinteresting than others but overall a fascinating glimpse into the behind the scenes production of The Bachelor franchise Grab some popcorn kick back and enjoy this guilty pleasure Light, fun, and incredibly addictive especially if you are a fan of The Bachelor Some chapters wereinteresting than others but overall a fascinating glimpse into the behind the scenes production of The Bachelor franchise I guess I set my expectations too high for this book, because my only thought when I finished reading it was is that it For a book that s supposed to be about what happens behind the scenes of The Bachelor, it revealed surprisingly little This could be because I regularly read recaps and blog posts by former contestants, from which Kaufman seems to have drawn much of her material The only interviews she scored for the book were with contestants who have already been outspoken about their exp I guess I set my expectations too high for this book, because my only thought when I finished reading it was is that it For a book that s supposed to be about what happens behind the scenes of The Bachelor, it revealed surprisingly little This could be because I regularly read recaps and blog posts by former contestants, from which Kaufman seems to have drawn much of her material The only interviews she scored for the book were with contestants who have already been outspoken about their experiences with the franchise, like Ashley Iaconetti and Sharleen Joynt I have learned so muchabout what goes on behind the scenes of the show just from reading Sharleen s blog recaps than I learned from this disappointing book 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 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 gossip rag and the author s attempt at a feminist dissection of the show, which didn t quite work for me Also, the frequent swearing on the author s part brought down the tone of the book evenMaybe it was because I listened to the audiobook, which Kaufman narrates, I felt she had a persistently sarcastic tone, which started to grate There were some tidbits I found interesting, that the contestants cannot bring even books to the mansion the horror and that the producers are remarkably manipulative to get them to say certain things, the contract even stipulates that they are allowed to make the contestants seem unhinged I think Kaufman definitely did a considerable amount of research for this book, and I am sure she is a solid journalist, but in the end, little that was revealed struck me as very surprising It was an ok read, but I wouldn t really recommend it if you are looking for a particularly enlightening look at the show.Findreviews and bookish fun at

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