REVIEW: BACHELOR NATION By Amy Kaufman

Posted March 7, 2018 by Renee / 18 Comments

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Publication March 6, 2018 by Dutton

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 “Bachelor Nation”–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.

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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!

Many thanks to Dutton Books via Netgalley for my copy

18 responses to “REVIEW: BACHELOR NATION By Amy Kaufman

  1. Great to know that it turned out to be a great read. I can’t wait to get my hands on this title. I have always been curious about the confessions and some of the things people do and say on the show. I suspect that the participants usually have production people asking questions or leading them to some of those odd/weird ‘confessions’ lol. Can’t wait to read the book and find out.

    Still yet to start watching the just concluded season but hope to get the book and watch the show soon. Fab review!

  2. Susie | Novel Visits

    I admit it. I’m a closet watcher of The Bachelor/Bachelorette, too. I’ve watched since the beginning. This book is on my radar and after hearing so many good things about it from you, Tara and Sarah, I know I need to work it into my reading. Maybe this summer?

  3. Sarah's Book Shelves

    Glad your secret is out! I’ve been watching since then as well! And agree about the history of reality dating section. Could’ve done without that. I read Reality Steve, so a lot of the behind the scenes stuff wasn’t earth-shattering for me, but she did provide some specifics about general things I’ve been hearing for ages.

    • Reality Steve is the best!! I don’t even care that he spoils I still watch, I really love his recaps, him and Kristen Baldwin who writes for EW are so snarky. And the show really does goes nicely with a large glass of wine!!

  4. I’ve never watched a single episode. I have many other guilty pleasures, though. Maybe I’ll share them all in one confessional discussion post. 🙂

  5. For some reason, I thought I’d already commented on this, Renee – ha! I love that we both started watching during the same season; I feel like I have this little Bachelor family that supports my obsession with this show! 🙂 I did find the history of reality dating shows a little less stimulating than the rest, but I was so enthralled by this book that I didn’t mind it much; I breezed right through it, just like you did! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  6. I just picked this up from the library and I’m so excited to read it! I’d stopped watching the bachelor shows after the thing with having racist guy in Rachel’s season and the possible sexual assault/definite anger issues with that one guy who kept being invited back anyway, but having this book made me decide to go back and watch the latest season. It’s just too much fun to watch 🙂 I’m glad to hear the book was good and I can’t wait to learn all the behind-the-scenes secrets.

    • I wasn’t happy about the racist storyline they were encouraging last year either…sometimes the show goes overboard on trying to drum up drama. I hope you enjoy the book! thanks for stopping by and commenting:)

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