Bachelor Nation

Bachelor Nation

Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure

Book - 2018
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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.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, [2018]
ISBN: 9781101985908
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 K1623b 2018
Characteristics: viii, 310 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 04, 2018

I am a fair weather Bachelor viewer -- tending to tune in toward the end of the season, especially if there is a controversy like the most recent season and Ari's flip flop. Watching those last couple of episodes was a testament to the power of editing in holding the viewers captive and manufacturing a narrative. The chapter on how to become a contestant looked like torture. It is amazing that girls and guys endure to the end and go on the show only to find that their real selves are somehow lost on the editing floor. Kaufman reveals that many of the contestants she met in real life often belied her impression of them from the actual viewing of the show.

Reality television is here to stay, so what are we to make of it? Over this past year I have read some fiction books that portray reality shows, so the "secrets" revealed in this book are really no surprise. The concept of the "Frankenbite" is out there -- even in some newscasts -- so it behooves us as viewers to be discerning and seek truth.

A must read for fans of the Bachelor franchise! I think this book finally helped me understand why I love this show so much.


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