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With The Bach­e­lor’s 4.76 per cent suc­cess rate, one might as­sume that the ro­mance of the show’s fi­nal rose has wilted. Yet the 16-year-old fran­chise con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate re­al­ity TV with over eight mil­lion view­ers tun­ing in to watch last sea­son’s fi­nale. “A woman’s en­tire emo­tional life was be­ing com­pletely de­stroyed, and I was glued to the tele­vi­sion,” says Los An­ge­les Times jour­nal­ist and Bach­e­lor devo­tee Amy Kauf­man. With the help of the show’s pro­duc­ers, con­tes­tants and celebrity fans (Amy Schumer, Al­li­son Wil­liams, Spencer Pratt), Kauf­man dives deep into the cul­tural his­tory of “Amer­ica’s favourite guilty plea­sure” in Bach­e­lor Na­tion. She un­cov­ers some juicy be­hind-the-scenes drama, nat­u­rally. But the big­gest rev­e­la­tion of all is that our love for The Bach­e­lor is noth­ing to feel guilty about. So you of­ten hear peo­ple say they hate-watch The Bach­e­lor or they watch the show iron­i­cally. But it has to be about more than that, right? “Ob­vi­ously it’s fun to watch it with your girl­friends and say ‘Oh, she’s so crazy’ or ‘Why isn’t she here to make friends?’ And ob­vi­ously I take part in all of that. I’m very snarky on Twit­ter. But I don’t think that’s what it’s all about—you don’t just watch some­thing to talk crap about it. There’s some­thing deeper there. And the fact that all of us say we’re ashamed is in­ter­est­ing. Why is this the show we all feel bad about watch­ing? There are plenty of other weird shows on TV.” In the “Why I’m a Fan” chap­ter, Spencer Pratt writes “On Game of Thrones, peo­ple are get­ting their heads chopped off and be­ing burned alive and it’s like, that’s what 20 mil­lion peo­ple should watch?” “To­tally. No­body takes him se­ri­ously, but that is a very good point.” The Bach­e­lor re­ally is a show that you have to watch with other

peo­ple. Why is that? “You re­al­ize you’re not alone in your judg­ments or in think­ing that some­thing is sweet. It’s nice to hear that re­flected from your friends. And I think peo­ple in the book make the point that un­like Top Chef or Sur­vivor, where not all of us know how to be a great cook or how to make a fire, we’ve all been in a re­la­tion­ship. Which makes us ex­tra-harsh in our judg­ments but makes it more fun to watch in a com­mu­nity.” You ded­i­cated your book to “whomever gets my fi­nal rose.” Would it be a re­la­tion­ship deal breaker if you found a per­fect part­ner but they wouldn’t watch The Bach­e­lor with you? “They wouldn’t need to watch it with me; they would just need to show re­spect and not look down on the fact that I love The Bach­e­lor. I’m not say­ing they need to sit down next to me, get­ting all emo­tional and judg­ing every­one, but they can’t say ‘Ugh, I can’t be­lieve you watch this trash.’ Like no, bye.” —Meghan McKenna

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