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Most Dramatic Ever: The Bachelor

Length: 217 pages3 hours


The right reasons to fall in love with The Bachelor

When it debuted in 2002, The Bachelor raised the stakes of first-wave reality television, offering the ultimate prize: true love. Since then, thrice yearly, dozens of camera-ready young-and-eligibles have vied for affection (and roses) in front of a devoted audience of millions. In this funny, insightful examination of the worlds favorite romance-factory, Suzannah Showler explores the contradictions that are key to the franchises genius, longevity, and power and parses what this means for both modern love and modern America./p pShe argues the show is both gameshow and marriage plot an improbable combination of competitive effort and kismet and that its both relic and prophet, a time-traveler from first-gen reality TV that proved to be a harbinger of Tinder. In the modern media-savvy climate, the show cleverly highlights and resists its own artifice, allowing Bachelor Nation to see through the fakery to feel the romance. Taking on issues of sex, race, contestants-as-villains, the controversial spin-offs, and more, emMost Dramatic Ever/em is both love letter to and deconstruction of the show that brought us real love in the reality TV era./p

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