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Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure

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The first definitive, behind-the-scenes cultural history of the Bachelor franchise, America's favorite guilty pleasure, by a respected L.A. Times journalist and die-hard fan of the iconic reality TV show.

For fourteen years and 37 seasons, the Bachelor franchise has been a mainstay in American TV viewers' lives. The show's popularity and relevance remains as high as ever since it premiered in 2002—the most recent season of The Bachelor drew in over 7 million viewers each week.

Even if you don't tune in to the show, its 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. LA Times journalist Amy Kaufman, and proud member of Bachelor nation, reached out to dozens of producers, contestants, and celebrity fans from 2002 through 2015 to give readers never-before-told details of the show's inner workings: the inside scoop about mansion life, juicy tales of producer manipulation, and revelations about the fantasy suite.

But for readers who have never once tuned in, Amy explores what our fascination means, culturally: what the show says about the way we view so-called "ideal suitors," our subconscious yearning for fairytale love, and how the iconic TV show has shaped society's feelings about love, marriage and feminism by appealing to a marriage plot that's as old as Jane Austen.

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