*A New York Occasions Bestseller*

The first definitive, unauthorized, at the back of-the-scenes cultural historical past of the Bachelor franchise, The united states’s favourite responsible pleasure.

For 16 years and thirty-six seasons, the Bachelor franchise has been a mainstay in American TV audience’ lives. Because it premiered in 2002, the display’s recognition and relevance have simplest grown—greater than 8 million audience tuned in to peer the belief of essentially the most up to date season of The Bachelor.

Los Angeles Times journalist Amy Kaufman is a proud member of Bachelor Country and has a protracted historical past with the franchise—ABC even banned her from attending display occasions after her protection of this system were given just a little too actual for its liking. She has interviewed dozens of manufacturers, contestants, and superstar enthusiasts to provide readers by no means-ahead of-informed main points of the display’s inside workings: what it’s love to be trapped within the mansion “bubble”; darkish, juicy stories of manufacturer manipulation; and revelations in regards to the alcohol-fueled debauchery that happens lengthy ahead of the Fable Suite. 

Kaufman additionally explores what our fascination manner, culturally: what the display says approximately the best way we view so-referred to as perfect suitors; our unconscious craving for fairy-story romance; and the way this enduring tv display has formed society’s emotions approximately love, marriage, and feminism through interesting to a wedding plot that’s as vintage as the most productive of Jane Austen.