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 oBachelor Nationo-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 obubbleo; 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.

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