Most Dramatic Ever: The Bachelor (Pop Classics #9) (Paperback)
Not my normal read-- but I am so glad I tried this fun book. I have only watched one episode of The Bachelor but loved this book! It dives into why The Bachelor is so important in our pop culture and how it got to be so foundational in our television. Suzannah, is a fan, but doesn't hold back about the portrayal of woman and men in a dog-eat-dog dating competition. Funny and relevant!— From What Mackenzie is reading
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 world's favorite romance-factory, Suzannah Showler explores the contradictions that are key to the franchise's genius, longevity, and power and parses what this means for both modern love and modern America.
She argues the show is both gameshow and marriage plot -- an improbable combination of competitive effort and kismet -- and that it's 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, Most Dramatic Ever is both love letter to and deconstruction of the show that brought us real love in the reality TV era.
About the Author
Suzannah Showler is the author of the poetry collections Thing Is and Failure to Thrive. She is a 2017-18 Presidential Fellow at The Ohio State University. Her essays and cultural criticism have appeared in places like Buzzfeed, Slate, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Walrus, and Hazlitt.