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Most Dramatic Ever

The Bachelor

January 23, 2018 | Trade paperback
ISBN: 9781770413924
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Description

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 this 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 BuzzfeedSlateLos Angeles Review of BooksThe Walrus, and Hazlitt.

ISBN: 9781770413924
Format: Trade paperback
Series: Pop Classics
Pages: 224
Publisher: ECW Press
Published: 2018-01-23

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