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 seThe 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
I won't give any dishy secrets of this book away but I will say it surprised me on many levels and I mean that in the best possible way. It was deeper than I expected but also made me laugh because Amy's snark translates very well on the page. Suffice it to say, I'll definitely have an adjusted perspective watching this show in the future, but watch it I will. Bachelor fans won't be disappointed! Full review closer to pub day
If you're reading this post, chances are high that you are a fan of The Bachelor franchise; "fan" may be an exaggeration, but this includes those of you who watch episodes and clips, here and there, so that you can snark on either The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, and their corresponding potential loves, with your friends. 'We don’t want to see them getting married. We just want to see them getting proposed to, because the idea of someone wanting to spend the rest of their life with you is better than actually doing it.'— Comedian Nikki Glaser, quoted in Bachelor NationMy foray into the world of rose ceremonies began in 2003, with Trista Rehn's stint as The Bachelorette; I'd not watched the two previous seasons of The Bachelor, but I was hooked after the debut of this spin-off. Many years later, more than I'd like to acknowledge, I'm still watching. I'm thankful for the advent of online viewing services, like Hulu, so that I no longer have to stay up late on Monday nights and endure endless commercial breaks. Villa de la Vina - or the Bachelor Mansion, as it’s known to millions of viewers - is hidden off a canyon road just a few exits on the Ventura Freeway past the Kardashians.Thanks to her position as a writer, covering celebrities, film and pop culture, at the Los Angeles Times, author Amy Kaufman was able to build a unique relationship with the franchise; however, as soon as she stopped playing by their (unspoken) rules and voicing her own opinions of the show, the network revoked her access. There was no final rose. I didn’t get a chance to say my goodbyes. No one even offered to walk me out.Not only does Kaufman share some of what she encountered during her insider's view of the production, but she also delves into the why; for example, why are we watching this show? Most of us are highly educated, successful women who are likely very supportive of gender equality and might even consider ourselves feminists. Why do like-minded individuals agree to become contestants on one of these shows? Young women in the twenty-first century who are college educated and have managerial positions - in other words, the main Bachelor demographic - have been told for years they can do anything they want. And yet these women still face pressure to be thin, beautiful, and stylish.It's an interesting question, and one that could likely spark lively debate; initially interested in the secrets she might divulge, Kaufman exceeded my expectations when she shared some of the research she'd done on the topic and I began asking myself deeper questions...and also wondering how I would ever pack to appear on one of these shows. Both genders are told to bring clothes for all climates: swimsuits, winter jackets, sweaters, t-shirts, tank tops, casual day clothes, gloves and warm hats - plus fourteen formal outfits, in case they make it through all of the rose ceremonies.Highly readable, compelling and unique, I devoured Bachelor Nation in under two days; if you are even remotely interested in this topic, I highly recommend Kaufman's book!**Read more of my reviews at Running 'n' Reading!**
As a journalist I can tell how much work Amy must have put into this book while still doing her day job for the LA Times. I won’t give away any of the details you learn about The Bachelor on here, but I will say they are kind of insane. While the book definitely changed my views of how I will watch going forward, she does a fantastic job of making you still want to watch it after you finish, if that makes sense. It’s also nice to know that even after all the interviews and crazy stuff she learned along the way, she too will continue to watch! Great take on the biggest guilty pleasure show on TV (next to the Kardashians and Housewives of course)
Thank you to Penguin Group Dutton for providing me with an advance copy of Amy Kaufman's book, Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure, in exchange for an honest review.PLOT- Amy Kaufman provides an unauthorized look at The Bachelor franchise.LIKE- I was a reluctant fan of The Bachelor, including all of its many spin-offs. I became a fan of the show, when I was a caretaker for my aunt, who was obsessed. Now, years after my aunt has passed away, it remains one of my favorite "guilty pleasure" shows.At one point Kaufman was officially invited by ABC to be part of the press for Bachelor events, but they found that she was being too negative on social media and she was blacklisted. To write Bachelor Nation, she combined her insider knowledge, research (there are so many interviews/articles/books) and she interviewed both previous contestants, and those who worked on the production. Not everyone would speak with her, but her book still feels comprehensive. My main take-away regarding Kaufman's interest in the subject, is that she's simply a huge fan of the show, warts and all. It's pretty trashy. I don't think it will come as any surprise that The Bachelor is heavily produced and a large portion of Kaufman's insider look involves exposing the tricks that the producers use to create characters out of contestants and manufacture story-lines. It's more fascinating than the actual show. Let's face it, producing is the primary reason that the show is compelling. I've not seen about 3/4 of the seasons, so I didn't know all of the contestants, yet Kaufman explains the scenarios in a way that is easy to follow, without prior knowledge. Even a casual fan, will find Bachelor Nation to be an engaging read.Kaufman has also alerted me to the Lifetime series, UnReal, a fictional look at the production of a Bachelor-esque show= I know my next binge weekend. DISLIKE- Truely, I enjoyed Kaufman's behind-the-scenes look, but I didn't like how her writing style leaned towards informal, using a lot of slang to make herself sound relatable. It didn't work for me. For example, she refers to her group of friends and fellow journalist that meet to discuss The Bachelor as "Bach Discush." I cringed each time I read that. RECOMMEND- If you watch The Bachelor or are interested in the behind-the-scenes of a reality show, Kaufman's Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure, is a must-read.
A free digital galley of Bachelor Nation was provided to me by Dutton Books through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Have you ever wanted a peak behind the curtain of The Bachelor? See how those fantasy dates are created? How the contestants are chosen and how those In-The-Moment (ITM) interviews are made? Amy Kaufman wrote a book encompassing all of that and much more. You come for the secrets and leave with much more than you bargained for.Kaufman is a journalist for the LA Times and has been a Bachelor fan for years. While she was covering The Bachelor for the newspaper and in ABC's favor, her job had some perks including being invited to some Bachelor events and meeting several former contestants. When a former "villain" attended one of her weekly Bachelor viewing parties and seemed perfectly normal, she realized that maybe she had misjudged some of the contestants based on the way they are portrayed on the show. This realization ignited the idea for this book.Kaufman writes about EVERYTHING in Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure. It's overwhelmingly clear she did a lot of research for this book including interviewing several former contestants, former producers, and scholars on feminism and fairy tales. She write about how contestants are selected, producers' manipulation tactics, and why the contestants think they're falling in love in the short two months of filming. Kaufman even writes in depth about the recent focus on why educated, strong women enjoy watching a show that seems like it should be labeled trashy, unrealistic, and anti-feminist and she does it without once making you feel guilty. Every single aspect of this insanely popular show is examined and analyzed by so many different perspectives. Even if you have read one or two memoirs by former contestants or think you know most of the show's secrets, there is still something for you to learn in this fascinating book.If you are a Bachelor fan, this is the book you need to read before you start watching the next season. It will change the way you watch the show forever.
I was lucky to get an advanced copy of a tell-all that doesn’t come out until March of this year. The Bachelor and The Bachelorette used to be my guilty pleasure, but I’d been watching since Trista and Ryan’s season, so I got a little bored with the concept. Kaufman perked me right up again talking about what happens behind the scenes. Last night I watched with a new perception of what goes on with this reality show.Every girl on The Bachelor has to bring 14 formal dresses for each of the rose ceremonies should they make it to the end. But they can only have two bags. That right there seems fairly impossible. But Kaufman has more to dish. I don’t want to give any of it away, but if you’re a fan, you’ll love this book. It peals back all the layers.
Watching The Bachelor has been my guilty pleasure since the show started......if you are not a fan of the show, do not read this book. However, I thought this was one of the better books on the show. The author interviewed many of the show’s former participants and cast members and they have all shared names, places, and many details that I have never read before. There is also a chapter about the history of reality dating shows, which was fun to read about, going back to the Dating Game days.All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this more than any of the other Bachelor books that I have read, and I’ve read a few. I would recommend this to any Bachelor fan who is curious about the inside info!Thanks to Dutton and Netgalley for the digital review copy!
I've only been watching The Bachelor / Bachelorette since Ben Higgin's season, so I'm fairly new to Bachelor Nation. I love that this book explores all aspects of the show, taking you from the show's creation to production, casting, behind-the-scenes filming, then to what happens to the contestants after the show. Lots of good info for a Bachelor enthusiast, presented in a quick and easy-to-read book. In between chapters there's a short two-page essay called "Why I'm a Fan" from various celebrities, which only serves to highlight that every single person who watches the show feels guilty about how trashy it is, but agrees that it's ok to still love it!
This book was no different then any other book written by a former Bachelor or Bachelorette. There was more name dropping than in other books but if you watch the show there is nothing new. Save your money.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advanced copy of this book.
[3.5 stars]Mini review to come.