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Bachelor nation : inside the world of America's guilty pleasure / Amy Kaufman.
ISBN:
9781101985908
Publication Information:
New York, New York : Dutton, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
viii, 310 pages ; 24 cm
Contents:
A budding idea -- Why I'm a fan: Amy Schumer -- The reality of creating the fantasy -- Why I'm a fan: Allison Williams -- The roots of television romance -- Why I'm a fan: Nikki Glaser -- The road to the mansion -- Why I'm a fan: Heidi and Spencer Pratt -- Drafting a game plan -- Why I'm a fan: Melanie Lynskey -- Inside the bubble -- Why I'm a fan: Diablo Cody -- Method to the madness -- Why I'm a fan: Paul Scheer -- Under the covers -- Why I'm a fan: Joshua Malina -- Falling for the fairy tale -- Why I'm a fan: Donnie Wahlberg -- Basking in the afterglow -- Why I'm a fan: Jason Ritter -- Riding the coattails -- Why I'm a fan: Patti Stanger -- Intoxicated by Happily ever after.
Abstract:
For sixteen years and thirty-five seasons, the Bachelor franchise has been a mainstay in the lives of American television viewers. Since it premiered in 2002, the show's popularity and relevance have only grown. Bestselling writers and famous actors live-tweet about it. Die-hard fans -- dubbed 'Bachelor Nation' -- participate in fantasy leagues and viewing parties. And more than eight million viewers tuned in to see the conclusion of 2017's season. 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 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; why we have a 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 the best of Jane Austen.
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Summary

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The first definitive, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes cultural history of the Bachelor franchise, America's favorite guilty pleasure.

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.


Author Notes

Amy Kaufman is a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times , where she has covered film, celebrity, and pop culture since 2009. On the beat, she reports from industry events like the Academy Awards, the Sundance Film Festival and the Grammys. In addition to profiling hundreds of stars--Lady Gaga, Julia Roberts, Stevie Nicks, Jane Goodall--she has broken major investigative stories on sexual harassment in Hollywood. Amy currently lives in Los Angeles with her Australian Shepherd, Riggins, and dreams of living in a Laurel Canyon tree house.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Los Angeles Times entertainment journalist Kaufman's eye-opening exposé of the reality TV show The Bachelor offers criticism as well as praise as it explores the reasons why the show has been watched by millions since its 2002 premier. A Bachelor aficionado, Kaufman unpacks the keys to the show's success, even while being barred from ABC press calls and numerous interviews because her coverage of the show in the Times was deemed too negative. Kaufman unveils plenty of unpalatable practices, such as an overabundance of alcohol on the set (though drinking is not mandated), editing/manipulating footage to create a story line that wasn't present during the filming, and sequestering contestants in a mansion "bubble" in which communication with the outside world is banned. Many viewers watch The Bachelor, Kaufman posits, because they are mesmerized by the romantic, chivalrous stories of "brave" singles baring their hearts and souls in search of a perfect mate. Kaufman intersperses her narrative with commentary from various celebrity fans, such as Amy Schumer, who says: "It's kind of awful to watch the show. And it's the thing I most look forward to every week. It's fucked up." Kaufman shares little-known details about the show (hair and makeup styling are offered on the first night only; contestants must apply their own fake eyelashes) that will no doubt fascinate Bachelor fans. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

With this debut, Kaufman weaves information about television history and the origins of reality TV with specific details about how the long-running dating game show The Bachelor emerged. She pays close attention to how this success can and should provide viewers with ways of interrogating the intersections between feminism and popular culture. By interspersing sections titled "Why I'm a Fan" between all of the chapters, the author creates a dialog between real viewers and her theoretical analysis. A key strength of this book is Kaufman's circumspection: she is both a fan and critic of the show, who belongs to "a group of women [trying] to understand the inscrutable, wicked, brilliant thing that is love." As such, she never discounts the program's hold on its viewers or sets herself apart as smarter than consumers. VERDICT Essential for fans of pop culture, this book could play an important role in courses on feminism and gender studies. It's also a fascinating and fun read for anyone who wants to think about how and why viewers continue to tune into shows like The Bachelor.-Emily Bowles, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Amy SchumerAllison WilliamsNikki GlaserMelanie LynskeyDiablo CodyPaul ScheerJoshua MalinaDonnie WahlbergJason RitterPatti Stanger
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 A Budding Ideap. 15
Why I'm a Fanp. 33
Chapter 2 The Reality of Creating the Fantasyp. 35
Why I'm a Fanp. 53
Chapter 3 The Roots of Television Romancep. 55
Why I'm a Fanp. 75
Chapter 4 The Road to the Mansionp. 77
Why I'm a Fan: Heidi and Spencer Prattp. 94
Chapter 5 Drafting a Game Planp. 97
Why I'm a Fanp. 112
Chapter 6 Inside the Bubblep. 115
Why I'm a Fanp. 140
Chapter 7 Method to the Madnessp. 143
Why I'm a Fanp. 168
Chapter 8 Under the Coversp. 171
Why I'm a Fanp. 183
Chapter 9 Falling for the Fairy Talep. 185
Why I'm a Fanp. 209
Chapter 10 Basking in the Afterglowp. 211
Why I'm a Fanp. 223
Chapter 11 Riding the Coattailsp. 225
Why I'm a Fanp. 245
Chapter 12 Intoxicated by Happily Ever Afterp. 247
Acknowledgmentsp. 267
List of Bachelors and Bachelorettesp. 271
A Note on Sourcesp. 279
Interview Listp. 281
Selected Bibliographyp. 285
Indexp. 295
About the Authorp. 310

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