Book Review: Bachelor Nation

Let me begin this post by saying I am NOT a fan of The Bachelor.  I’ve seen a few episodes but never got hooked.  I don’t participate in Bachelor brackets or host Monday night viewing parties.  It’s just too over the top and fake for me.  It’s reality tv that’s so far outside of reality I can’t get into it, especially in recent seasons where contestants have occupations like “twin”…that’s not an occupation; that’s a genetic makeup.

am, however, a fan of nerdy anthropological studies, which is basically what this book is.  Amy Kaufman, writer for the LA Times and Bachelor devotee, has gone under the hood of the tv show to understand both what has made it so successful and why so many people love it.  Kaufman has been offered great access so it feels legitimate.  There are some juicy bits, of course, but it’s not a contestant tell-all; it’s the study of a phenomenon.

3.5 out of 5 stars.  The only reason I didn’t rate it higher is because I had read up on some of this stuff beforehand so less info was new to me than it would be to another reader.

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