Bachelor nation : inside the world of America's favorite guilty pleasure / Amy Kaufman.

Draws on interviews with producers and fans to present a behind-the-scenes look at the reality television phenomenon and explores the show's cultural influence and significance.

Main Author: Kaufman, Amy (Journalist),
Published: New York, New York : Dutton, [2018]
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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.

Table of Contents


p. 1

Chapter 1A Budding Idea

p. 15

Why I'm a Fan

p. 33

Amy Schumer

Chapter 2The Reality of Creating the Fantasy

p. 35

Why I'm a Fan

p. 53

Allison Williams

Chapter 3The Roots of Television Romance

p. 55

Why I'm a Fan

p. 75

Nikki Glaser

Chapter 4The Road to the Mansion

p. 77

Why I'm a Fan: Heidi and Spencer Pratt

p. 94

Chapter 5Drafting a Game Plan

p. 97

Why I'm a Fan

p. 112

Melanie Lynskey

Chapter 6Inside the Bubble

p. 115

Why I'm a Fan

p. 140

Diablo Cody

Chapter 7Method to the Madness

p. 143

Why I'm a Fan

p. 168

Paul Scheer

Chapter 8Under the Covers

p. 171

Why I'm a Fan

p. 183

Joshua Malina

Chapter 9Falling for the Fairy Tale

p. 185

Why I'm a Fan

p. 209

Donnie Wahlberg

Chapter 10Basking in the Afterglow

p. 211

Why I'm a Fan

p. 223

Jason Ritter

Chapter 11Riding the Coattails

p. 225

Why I'm a Fan

p. 245

Patti Stanger

Chapter 12Intoxicated by Happily Ever After

p. 247


p. 267

List of Bachelors and Bachelorettes

p. 271

A Note on Sources

p. 279

Interview List

p. 281

Selected Bibliography

p. 285


p. 295

About the Author

p. 310