*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.
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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
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
List of Bachelors and Bachelorettes 277
A Note on Sources 283
Interview List 284
Selected Bibliography 287