Read: Bachelor Nation

When people are just getting to know me, they always seem surprised to learn I am a fan of The Bachelor (and The Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad, Bachelor in Paradise, Bachelor Winter Games). I suppose I should be flattered that perhaps I seem too sophisticated to be interested in such trash television, but my close friends know the truth: I'm obsessed. 

The morning Boston Globe columnist Meredith Goldstein published her review of Amy Kaufman's book, "Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure," a dozen family members and friends sent me the link. Their emails and text messages said things like, "Thought you'd love this!" or "You need this book for your vacation!" Before you could say, "Will you accept this rose?" I had already submitted my order via Amazon Prime. 

I packed the book for my trip to Palm Springs, California and could not wait to devour it. 

Bachelor Nation

Kaufman is originally from Massachusetts, but moved to Los Angeles to attend USC in the fall of 2004. In 2009, she began working at The Los Angeles Times, covering film, celebrity and pop culture. In addition to her full-time job, she also moonlights as one of the most vocal members of Bachelor Nation, live tweeting her thoughts on the show from her Twitter account, @AmyKinLA, where she has over 47,000 followers. 

In the book's introduction, Kaufman explains how she become so well known in The Bachelor universe:

"I even decided to start an e-mail group, aptly titled 'Bach Discush' - I hope you've gotten on the abbreviation train by now - and invited about two dozen smart lady fans I knew to share thoughts about episodes and show-related news on the daily. Whenever a new season was airing, we'd gather in my living room with rosé and SkinnyPop to watch together - something that instantly elevated the viewing experience. Because many of us were entertainment journalists, we'd often cross paths with Bach contestants, and sometimes we could even convince them to come watch themselves on TV with us. Eric Bigger, Ashley Iaconetti, and JJ Lane have all been guests on my couch, and once, Robby Hayes ghosted us after promising to come over and requesting we make him Moscow Mules. I have no use for those copper mugs now, you sockless liar!" 

Later on in the book she also shares that Chris Harrison once crashed her weekly viewing party live on air during one of The Bachelor specials. I always wondered how they found those gaggles of girls! 

The book covers every piece of the show's history, beginning with its infamous creator, Mike Fleiss. Kaufman writes, "At his family reunions, there was always one person Mike Fleiss gravitated toward: his second cousin Heidi. As teenagers, the two would meet up at the gatherings and hide out behind the garage, sneaking beers and sharing a joint. Heidi Fleiss, of course, would go on to become known as the notorious 'Hollywood Madam,' running an illegal prostitution ring that catered to wealthy celebrities like Charlie Sheen - a crime that eventually landed her in prison in her early thirties. Mike Fleiss, meanwhile, hasn't ended up behind bars. But as the creator of The Bachelor, the long-running reality television series on which more than two dozen singles compete for an eligible suitor, he's displayed an understanding of the human desire for love that his cousin was also able to tap into." 

Fleiss's first big TV hit was Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? which would pave the way for him to pitch The Bachelor

At The Bachelor, his partner in producing crime is Lisa Levenson, who came from General Hospital, Jerry Springer and Big Brother. Levenson is known for being absolutely ruthless with contestants and doing whatever it takes to get the reaction she wants on screen. For those who also watch Lifetime's UnREAL, the character of Quinn (played by Constance Zimmer) is based on Levenson. 

The book details all of the ways production creates an alternate reality that draws fans in and makes them believe in the romance. For example, the famous mansion is actually a private home. For 10 months of the year, the owners live there with their children. When the show is taping, they take all of the owners' furniture out, paint the walls and redecorate for the show. When production wraps, they put it all back. 

Kaufman takes us behind the scenes of the application process, the psychological evaluation, how much luggage the contestants are allowed to bring, and how they are treated during filming. You know all those scenes where three of four contestants are sitting around discussing what they think is happening is on the one-on-one date or which person they find most annoying? They are incentivized to participate in those chats. Yup, if they do it, they may get a special privilege, like being allowed to watch a movie. 

The book also details how they decide on which cities or countries to travel to (typically whichever tourism board offers to host them for free). Kaufman also answers a question I had been asking myself for years, "Why isn't anyone ever actually eating the food on the dinner dates?!" She explains:

"A five-course meal does scream luxury, except ain't nobody gonna eat it. It doesn't look cute, and chewing doesn't sound fantastic on live mic. Plus, the cast is always able to get a private meal before or after the date if they want to avoid chowing down on-camera. Which is a shame, really, because these couples are often being offered high-end cuisine. Oftentimes, renowned chefs will walk out to the table to describe the dishes they have prepared for the lovebirds - dishes that some production assistant typically just digs into later, cold."

I could go on and on and on about all the juicy secrets revealed in this book, but I won't, because you should read it. In addition to the history of the show, in between each chapter that Kaufman wrote is an essay called "Why I'm a Fan," which features submissions from Amy Schumer, Allison Williams, Diablo Cody, Joshua Malina, Donnie Wahlberg and more. 

If you're a fan of the show and looking for a great beach read this summer, this is it. 

*Homepage image via @AmyKinLA on Twitter. 

Comments

Jodi W. Brown's picture

i really like this article please keep it up. zahnarzt Praxis Bern

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Great write-up, I am a big believer in commenting on blogs to inform the blog writers know that they’ve added something worthwhile to the world wide web!.. portable pedicure chairs

Jodi W. Brown's picture

I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well. Thanks... uae embassy ottawa

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Interesting post. I Have Been wondering about this issue, so thanks for posting. Pretty cool post.It 's really very nice and Useful post.Thanks Male therapists near me

Jodi W. Brown's picture

hello!! Very interesting discussion glad that I came across such informative post. Keep up the good work friend. Glad to be part of your net community. kitchen cabinet restaining san diego

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Great article with excellent idea!Thank you for such a valuable article. I really appreciate for this great information.. Marital affair investigation in Dallas

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Just admiring your work and wondering how you managed this blog so well. It’s so remarkable that I can't afford to not go through this valuable information whenever I surf the internet! legislative session hotel

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Thanks for the blog loaded with so many information. Stopping by your blog helped me to get what I was looking for. dj perth

Jodi W. Brown's picture

I was surfing net and fortunately came across this site and found very interesting stuff here. Its really fun to read. I enjoyed a lot. Thanks for sharing this wonderful information. Athletic personal training

Jodi W. Brown's picture

I am happy to find this post very useful for me, as it contains lot of information. I always prefer to read the quality content and this thing I found in you post. Thanks for sharing. tile stripping and re-coating

Jodi W. Brown's picture

This was a really great contest and hopefully I can attend the next one. It was alot of fun and I really enjoyed myself.. personal injury lawyer

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly that love and read more on this topic. If possible, such as gain knowledge, would you mind updating your blog with additional information? It is very useful for me. Computer Forensics

Jodi W. Brown's picture

This is a good post. This post gives truly quality information. I’m definitely going to look into it. Really very useful tips are provided here. Thank you so much. Keep up the good works. pet software

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Your work is very good and I appreciate you and hopping for some more informative posts. Thank you for sharing great information to us. denied life insurance claim

Jodi W. Brown's picture

You completed a few fine points there. I did a search on the subject and found nearly all persons will go along with with your blog. how to reduce bloating fast

Jodi W. Brown's picture

This is a good post. This post gives truly quality information. I’m definitely going to look into it. Really very useful tips are provided here. Thank you so much. Keep up the good works. jugador profesional

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Your article has piqued a lot of positive interest. I can see why since you have done such a good job of making it interesting. boiler water softener

Jodi W. Brown's picture

I have a hard time describing my thoughts on content, but I really felt I should here. Your article is really great. I like the way you wrote this information. tuintekening eindhoven

Jodi W. Brown's picture

I wish more authors of this type of content would take the time you did to research and write so well. I am very impressed with your vision and insight. reverse asin keyword

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Thanks for every other informative site. The place else may just I get that kind of information written in such an ideal means? I have a venture that I’m just now operating on, and I have been on the look out for such information. LED grow light

Jodi W. Brown's picture

i am always looking for some free stuffs over the internet. there are also some companies which gives free samples. bin hire

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all of us you actually realize what you are talking about! Bookmarked. Please also seek advice from my site =). We could have a hyperlink change contract between us! speedy home buyers

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Wow, cool post. I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real hard work to make a great article… but I put things off too much and never seem to get started. Thanks though. carshield

Jodi W. Brown's picture

It’s appropriate time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I have read this post and if I could I wish to suggest you few interesting things or advice. Perhaps you could write next articles referring to this article. I desire to read even more things about it! chicago bathtub refinishing

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Great post, you have pointed out some fantastic points , I likewise think this s a very wonderful website. manhattan printing

Jodi W. Brown's picture

This article was written by a real thinking writer. I agree many of the with the solid points made by the writer. I’ll be back. liposuction houston

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Someone Sometimes with visits your blog regularly and recommended it in my experience to read as well. The way of writing is excellent and also the content is top-notch. Thanks for that insight you provide the readers! Sign Company

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Great post, and great website. Thanks for the information! christmas party photo booth

Jodi W. Brown's picture

That is really nice to hear. thank you for the update and good luck. Starter violin

Jodi W. Brown's picture

I read a article under the same title some time ago, but this articles quality is much, much better. How you do this.. cheapest color copies print near me in Dallas-Ft. Worth TX

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Friend, this web site might be fabolous, i just like it. http://duanchungcuthapdoanhnhan.com/

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Thanks for sharing the info, keep up the good work going.... I really enjoyed exploring your site. good resource... hà nội sapa đi hết bao lâu

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Admiring the time and effort you put into your blog and detailed information you offer!.. cleaning services perth

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Thank you very much for this useful article. I like it. Fun For Kids

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Great content material and great layout. Your website deserves all of the positive feedback it’s been getting. http://solumedia.vn/

Jodi W. Brown's picture

This type of message always inspiring and I prefer to read quality content, so happy to find good place to many here in the post, the writing is just great, thanks for the post. youtube to mp3

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Your website is really cool and this is a great inspiring article. Thank you so much. http://chungcucaocaphadong.com/

Jodi W. Brown's picture

I think this is a really good article. You make this information interesting and engaging. You give readers a lot to think about and I appreciate that kind of writing. sainsburys employee website

Jodi W. Brown's picture

It is a great website.. The Design looks very good.. Keep working like that!. trademark attorney Nigeria

Jodi W. Brown's picture

This article is an appealing wealth of informative data that is interesting and well-written. I commend your hard work on this and thank you for this information. You’ve got what it takes to get attention. macys schedule

Jodi W. Brown's picture

I wanted to thank you for this excellent read!! I definitely loved every little bit of it. I have you bookmarked your site to check out the new stuff you post. costco hours saturday

Jodi W. Brown's picture

I am very happy to discover your post as it will become on top in my collection of favorite blogs to visit. target employee login

Jodi W. Brown's picture

An fascinating discussion is value comment. I think that it is best to write extra on this matter, it won’t be a taboo topic however generally people are not enough to talk on such topics. To the next. Cheers http://thapdoanhnhanhadong.com/

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Fantastic blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely overwhelmed .. Any suggestions? Many thanks! document attestation from ministry of foreign affairs

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Nice knowledge gaining article. This post is really the best on this valuable topic. WordPorn

Jodi W. Brown's picture

Nice blog and absolutely outstanding. You can do something much better but i still say this perfect.Keep trying for the best. walmart hours

Jodi W. Brown's picture

This was a really great contest and hopefully I can attend the next one. It was alot of fun and I really enjoyed myself.. iptv list

Jodi W. Brown's picture

I have a hard time describing my thoughts on content, but I really felt I should here. Your article is really great. I like the way you wrote this information. himalayan motorcycle tours

Brittany M. Lemay's picture

Kann ich bei Tischspielen Taktiken anwenden? online casino forum 2019

Brittany M. Lemay's picture

Great job for publishing such a beneficial web site. Your web log isn’t only useful but it is additionally really creative too. There tend to be not many people who can certainly write not so simple posts that artistically. Continue the nice writing website builder keanu reeves

Log in to comment

 

Molly Galler

Welcome to Pop.Bop.Shop. My name is Molly. I’m a foodie, fashionista, pop culture addict and serious travel junkie. I’m a lifelong Bostonian obsessed with frozen confections, outdoor patios, Mindy Kaling, reality television, awards shows, tropical vacations, snail mail and my birthday.

More from Molly

Pop.Bop.Shop. In the News