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

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

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

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Title:Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure
Author:Amy Kaufman
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  • Vanessa (splitreads)

    This was a fun ride, mostly because Kaufman is a good narrator. She is authoritative/journalistic at times (aka getting us some dirt and behind-the-scenes info, teaching us some Bachelor history, walking us through what it is like to be on this show). And... she is a total fan at other times. I definitely flew through this on audio and enjoyed every minute. I am Bachelor trash, but whatever, Kaufman gets me.

  • Julie

    I’m going to lead into this one by saying… Amy, you are HILARIOUS, like really hilarious. From page one Amy had me beyond entertained and this book read as if I was engaging in a conversation with a friend. How many times did I find myself giggling you ask? Well, as if it was an interruption, my dear husband asked me on one too many occasions why I was laughing while my nose was in this book. It's seriously such an entertaining read.

    Now, if your impression is

    I’m going to lead into this one by saying… Amy, you are HILARIOUS, like really hilarious. From page one Amy had me beyond entertained and this book read as if I was engaging in a conversation with a friend. How many times did I find myself giggling you ask? Well, as if it was an interruption, my dear husband asked me on one too many occasions why I was laughing while my nose was in this book. It's seriously such an entertaining read.

    Now, if your impression is that this book is pushing The Bachelor agenda, you are very mistaken. Amy isn’t here to give you reasons why you should be watching The Bachelor.

     Instead her aim is uncovering

     we are all

    infatuated with not only the series, but the message it conveys... love. While only six couples remain together since The Bachelor's initial season, the fairy tale love story doesn't always continue to be written long after the camera stop rolling. But, boy does the short journey filled with over the top dates that we get to enjoy from our couches keep us entertained season after season. Let’s be real, we all just want to believe that fairy tales do come true, right?

    It's easy to tell that Amy did extensive research in writing this book. And while some of her attempts to interview past contestant were futile, I appreciate all her efforts. If you are looking for an inside look and full recap on all things The Bachelor franchise, this book needs to make its way into your life.

    offers its reader a brief history on Executive Producer Mike Fleiss and his genius idea that became the dating and relationship reality television series empire it is today. Readers get an insider look into the process contestants go through from their initial application to interviewing with producers. And it doesn't stop there! Additionally you'll read up on contestant experiences during the filing of The Bachelor, life after, and so much more.

    I really enjoyed the insight found in between chapters of the book titled, “Why I’m A Fan.” I loved reading the views from the celebrities that make up Bachelor Nation. These celebrities range from male to female and feminist to no opinion on that topic at all. I was surprised to find myself relating to so many of these individual’s reasoning for tuning in. Reading what has also kept others glued to their televisions was a fantastic addition.

    My one and only gripe was all the discussion points on similar reality TV shows. While nostalgic, I failed to see the need or value this brought. If anything, in my opinion, this took away from discussing the true point of the book, The Bachelor. And although I felt too much time was spent on this topic, I am also left wishing… can 'Singled Out' come back?

    Published at the end of a shocking Bachelor season this book released at such a great time! I wish that I could have read more on Amy’s thoughts on Arie Luyendyk, Jr.'s season, but hey, that’s what her twitter feed is for, amirite? I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a sucker for reality television and the idea that true love really can be found in just three weeks time. 

    offers an interesting sociological examination of The Bachelor franchise and anyone with an interest into this franchise would benefit from picking this book up.

     

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  • Renee (itsbooktalk.com)

    My secret is out....I'm a Bachelor Fan! Of course, my immediate family and a few friends know I love The Bachelor and Bachelorette shows but it's not something I regularly admit to watching. I know I'm not alone since I've been seeing comments for this book pop up on Goodreads from others who start off by saying The Bachelor is their guilty pleasure show. And a secret. Well, Amy Kaufman has now put our #BachelorNation obsession into coherent words with her engaging, witty book. Seriously, how ha

    My secret is out....I'm a Bachelor Fan! Of course, my immediate family and a few friends know I love The Bachelor and Bachelorette shows but it's not something I regularly admit to watching. I know I'm not alone since I've been seeing comments for this book pop up on Goodreads from others who start off by saying The Bachelor is their guilty pleasure show. And a secret. Well, Amy Kaufman has now put our #BachelorNation obsession into coherent words with her engaging, witty book. Seriously, how has this show continued season after season, weathering controversy and drama and still manages to bring in millions of viewers each episode?? Amy has your answers.

    Friends, I have to say this up front...I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I read it in one sitting on a Friday evening with a large glass of wine and I had the best time. As someone who's watched the show since Trista and Ryan's season, so the 2nd season and they're now on season 35 I believe, I absolutely loved reading about how the show was created (a fluke) and the very interesting behind the scenes details about it's creators. Amy Kaufman had behind the scenes access to the show for many years until one day it vanished and she was deemed banned from all things Bachelor...makes you say hmmm. I loved her interviews with past contestants and her inside scoop on how the episodes are actually made. I always wondered how the producers were working behind the scenes to get the girls and guys to SAY some of the things that come out of their mouths...now I know and truly I'll never watch the show the same.

    What I especially liked was Amy's writing and her ability to keep the pace fast and the tone upbeat. I never felt that the book ventured into gossip territory; rather, I found her writing to be intelligent and informative. The only part that I sort of breezed through was the chapter on the history of reality dating shows but I appreciate the background info she was providing to put The Bachelor of today into context. If you're a fan, secret or otherwise, of The Bachelor/Bachelorette I think you'll absolutely enjoy this book!

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  • Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)

    Well, now that I've outed myself as a Bachelor fan, I'll say that I was hoping for more behind the scenes gossip and drama, but unfortunately that's not what I got. The book itself was a little boring, and I found myself zoning out while reading it.

  • Amy

    I’m assuming anyone who has Bachelor Nation on their TBR is either a fan of the show or they “hate” watch it like I do. If you’ve never watched the show then this book won’t appeal to you at all, but if you haven’t HOW have you escaped it?! It’s such a pop culture phenomenon that I’m genuinely curious.

    Back to hate watching, I use that term because every time I decide to tune into a new season I wind up regretting it. I watched the first few seasons religiously then got bored and stopped. A few y

    I’m assuming anyone who has Bachelor Nation on their TBR is either a fan of the show or they “hate” watch it like I do. If you’ve never watched the show then this book won’t appeal to you at all, but if you haven’t HOW have you escaped it?! It’s such a pop culture phenomenon that I’m genuinely curious.

    Back to hate watching, I use that term because every time I decide to tune into a new season I wind up regretting it. I watched the first few seasons religiously then got bored and stopped. A few years ago I decided to give it another chance to see if much had changed. Spoiler alert, it hadn’t, really you could just tell the shows budget was larger as the dates were more extravagant. But this past season was SO bad that I didn’t even make it past the first few episodes, one small

    example of my frustration was that the bachelor was like twelve years older than one of the front runners. She was over eighteen, who cares, right? It only annoyed me because it was guarded like some sort of state secret, she was the only contestant without a name attached to her bio. I had to Google to find out how old she was and I was just annoyed by the whole thing, it felt like a cheap way to create drama when really, putting her age like all of the other women would’ve been the right thing to do, she was clearly very young, but again NO ONE cared until it became this very noticeable difference. So as you can see by my ranting, I truly do hate watch, but I really couldn’t pass up an opportunity to read a book that promised juicy details and behind the scenes information about a totally addictive show. Did it deliver? Mostly.

    Kaufman is clearly well versed in all things The Bachelor related, she knows her stuff and while she did have a few juicy stories, most of what she discussed was stuff I already knew or assumed. Let me clarify, there’s a show called Unreal, it’s a scripted series about the producers of a bachelor style show co created by a woman who used to be a producer on The Bachelor. Still with me? This show opened up my eyes about how much producers actually manipulate contestants into doing things on these type of reality shows. Sure, it’s a TV show so obviously there’s some exaggeration, but my point is that some of Kaufman’s reveals were less than shocking to me. Now that’s not to say that they weren’t interesting and entertaining, but never before revealed? Eh, not exactly.

    So what kept me turning pages? Kaufman’s writing style for one, I felt like I was chatting with a friend about this train wreck of a show, albeit a friend that’s met most of the former cast mates, but her style really read like a laid back, gossipy conversation you would have with a buddy. She is snarky and funny and this was a fast paced read, she snagged some pretty big names as far as past contestants go and her overall knowledge was impressive. Read this if you’re a fan of the show and don’t know some of the inner workings.

  • Malia

    Now that I've outed myself as a Bachelor viewer, I might as well embrace it and fully delve into it. You can't watch this show without being a little critical, or at least I can't. That being said, there's light-hearted snark and then there's mocking. I felt this book fell into the later category. Kaufman is building a career as an author on the Bachelor, so I felt she was often a little too mean about everything involved in the show, including it's fans. The tone of the book is a mixture of gos

    Now that I've outed myself as a Bachelor viewer, I might as well embrace it and fully delve into it. You can't watch this show without being a little critical, or at least I can't. That being said, there's light-hearted snark and then there's mocking. I felt this book fell into the later category. Kaufman is building a career as an author on the Bachelor, so I felt she was often a little too mean about everything involved in the show, including it's fans. The tone of the book is a mixture of gossip rag and the author's attempt at a feminist dissection of the show, which didn't quite work for me. Also, the frequent swearing on the author's part brought down the tone of the book even more. Maybe it was because I listened to the audiobook, which Kaufman narrates, I felt she had a persistently sarcastic tone, which started to grate. There were some tidbits I found interesting, that the contestants cannot bring even books to the mansion (the horror!) and that the producers are remarkably manipulative to get them to say certain things, the contract even stipulates that they are allowed to make the contestants seem unhinged. I think Kaufman definitely did a considerable amount of research for this book, and I am sure she is a solid journalist, but in the end, little that was revealed struck me as very surprising. It was an ok read, but I wouldn't really recommend it if you are looking for a particularly enlightening look at the show.

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  • Crumb

    Grab some popcorn.. kick back.. and enjoy this guilty pleasure! Light, fun, and incredibly addictive.. especially if you are a fan of The Bachelor. Some chapters were more interesting than others.. but overall.. a fascinating glimpse into the behind-the-scenes production of The Bachelor franchise.

  • Ashley

    I guess I set my expectations too high for this book, because my only thought when I finished reading it was “is that it?”

    For a book that’s supposed to be about what happens behind the scenes of The Bachelor, it revealed surprisingly little. This could be because I regularly read recaps and blog posts by former contestants, from which Kaufman seems to have drawn much of her material. The only interviews she scored for the book were with contestants who have already been outspoken about their exp

    I guess I set my expectations too high for this book, because my only thought when I finished reading it was “is that it?”

    For a book that’s supposed to be about what happens behind the scenes of The Bachelor, it revealed surprisingly little. This could be because I regularly read recaps and blog posts by former contestants, from which Kaufman seems to have drawn much of her material. The only interviews she scored for the book were with contestants who have already been outspoken about their experiences with the franchise, like Ashley Iaconetti and Sharleen Joynt. I have learned so much more about what goes on behind the scenes of the show just from reading Sharleen’s blog recaps than I learned from this disappointing book.

  • HFK

    I am not sure why I wanted to read

    . I only watched the first season of Bachelor when it aired in Finland, and hardly recall more of it other than not liking Alex Michel and knowing he would not choose Trista, who I liked much better than the chosen "good girl" whose name I do not remember.

    So, okay. I am reading a book about a reality tv-show I do not follow (not even the Finnish version of it) and is not exactly my cup of coca-cola as a whole - The Bachelor men are never my type.

    I am not sure why I wanted to read

    . I only watched the first season of Bachelor when it aired in Finland, and hardly recall more of it other than not liking Alex Michel and knowing he would not choose Trista, who I liked much better than the chosen "good girl" whose name I do not remember.

    So, okay. I am reading a book about a reality tv-show I do not follow (not even the Finnish version of it) and is not exactly my cup of coca-cola as a whole - The Bachelor men are never my type. I like my men shaved bald, having a beard to tickle my pussy, having tons of tattoos, and prefer swat pants and a band t-shirt over a nice suit. And, I also like my men to have a little belly to do fart noises at.

    My romantic side does not desire expensive activities, princess treatment, helicopter rides and fancy dinners. I swoon when a man plays me electric guitar, preferably Pantera, grills me a good steak and occasionally fucks my brains out. That's about it. Unless Bonnie and Clyde activity is in the cards I am pretty satisfied and happy with that.

    Other words, I am not home at classy.

    So, okay. What the hell I am doing here reading this is beyond my understanding.

    Amy Kaufman is a fan of The Bachelor who has a love-hate relationship with the show. She is also an journalist who had an inside scoop to the show until she was banned as her writing of the show was seen too negative inside the corporation.

    Maybe due to this, she wanted to write a book about - chronicling the history of dating shows before The Bachelor, and giving some inside information from behind the scenes.

    The thing is - as I am not familiar with the show, I actually gained only new information and had to Google every other second to keep myself on track. But then again, as Kaufman was not able to interview many of the people involved with the show, her information is surely very shallow to fans that know every turn and gossip out there.

    Part of the book was interesting in a popcorn eating way, the other part was a bit boring recap of other things that had not too much to do with The Bachelor. I wholeheartedly think that

    would have been more entertaining if it would not have been following the journalist touch that quotes snippets of interviews (especially as most of the time it is not clear to me are they from interviews she did, or from other sources such as magazines) instead of writing it as a nonfiction story.

    There is chapters from celebrities views out of their fandom, there is feminists pondering of why America is so captivated by the show, especially when the times are changing how women and men interact, but also how women see themselves and their place in the world.

    Perhaps, The Bachelor is a breath from the past where women's and men's roles were easier to put inside specific boxes, and by doing it in the show, they give audience the things they either desire back or want to remember for reasons that vary. It gives romance, a promise of love that hardly ever last.

    I am not big on reality-tv, I think it is something we should not melt our brains to, but I do not dismiss people who enjoy it - not a bit. I understand the fascination of drama - after all I had that weird fixation to Jersey Shore back in the days when bedridden - and I myself do enjoy to watch reality shows such as Pawn Stars or Deadly Catch. Especially Pawn Stars as it actually teaches me about an industry I am currently working in.

    If you are a dedicated fan of the show - this probably leaves you cold. But, if you are like me - completely out of it - you might give this a try and survive from it with an okay rating. If nothing else, it is always interesting to read of how reality-tv works -how the production operates to get desired reactions, how the crew is chosen, how the drama is build and edited. All the fancy and less fancy things that come with it.

    Let's see how many years Americans keep their fascination with the series that has run so long my fingers are not enough to count - it awfully looks like they will never get tired of it, but then again, is that so bad option to choose from when looking at this massive money making machine called reality-tv offerings?

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