Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure

Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure

by Amy Kaufman


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*A New York Times Bestseller*

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

For sixteen years and thirty-six seasons, the Bachelor franchise has been a mainstay in American TV viewers’ lives. Since it premiered in 2002, the show’s popularity and relevance have only grown—more than eight million viewers tuned in to see the conclusion of the most recent season of The Bachelor.

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 the best of Jane Austen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101985915
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 113,370
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 A Budding Idea 15

Why I'm a Fan: Amy Schumer 33

Chapter 2 The Reality of Creating the Fantasy 35

Why I'm a Fan: Allison Williams 53

Chapter 3 The Roots of Television Romance 55

Why I'm a Fan: Nikki Glaser 75

Chapter 4 The Road to the Mansion 77

Why I'm a Fan: Heidi and Spencer Pratt 94

Chapter 5 Drafting a Game Plan 97

Why I'm a Fan: Melanie Lynskey 112

Chapter 6 Inside the Bubble 115

Why I'm a Fan: Diablo Cody 140

Chapter 7 Method to the Madness 143

Why I'm a Fan: Paul Scheer 168

Chapter 8 Under the Covers 171

Why I'm a Fan: Joshua Malina 183

Chapter 9 Falling for the Fairy Tale 185

Why I'm a Fan: Donnie Wahlberg 209

Chapter 10 Basking in the Afterglow 211

Why I'm a Fan: Jason Ritter 223

Chapter 11 Riding the Coattails 225

Why I'm a Fan: Patti Stanger 245

Chapter 12 Intoxicated by Happily Ever After 247

Bonus Chapter An Open Letter to the Bachelor Franchise 266

Acknowledgments 273

List of Bachelors and Bachelorettes 277

A Note on Sources 283

Interview List 284

Selected Bibliography 287

Index 296

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