Most Dramatic Ever
The right reasons to fall in love with The BachelorWhen 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.

Most Dramatic Ever Details

TitleMost Dramatic Ever
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherECW Press
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Culture, Pop Culture

Most Dramatic Ever Review

  • Emily Ferko
    January 1, 1970
    If you know anything about me, it's that I'm an unapologetic Bachelor Franchise fan. I will sneak the Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor in Paradise into every and any conversation. You broke your leg? Well Rated-R Justin from Ali's season also had a broken leg. Your mom's best friend's cousin is a fertility nurse? So is the winner of Chris Soule's season. You think love is a facade? Well let me tell you what I've learned from watching The Bachelor...This book was everything I needed it to be - a fu If you know anything about me, it's that I'm an unapologetic Bachelor Franchise fan. I will sneak the Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor in Paradise into every and any conversation. You broke your leg? Well Rated-R Justin from Ali's season also had a broken leg. Your mom's best friend's cousin is a fertility nurse? So is the winner of Chris Soule's season. You think love is a facade? Well let me tell you what I've learned from watching The Bachelor...This book was everything I needed it to be - a fun look at my favourite show and all it's crazy drama, a smart and compelling look at the ways in which the show both reflects our culture and shapes it, and a conversation with a friend type reading experience. Literally every two to three sentences I wrote in my book "BALLER!", "THIS IS THE TRUTH", or "I FUCKING LOVE THIS!"Personal favourite chapters:-Gotta Vill: Villains (... I desperately want to buy a "villains gotta vill t-shirt after reading this chapter)-Please Use This Key: Sex-Almost Paradise: Spinoffs Suzannah Showler wrote a book that is a both a love letter and critique, and I wish I could have written it myself. She managed to express her love for a show that yes, on the surface seems stupid, but is actually some of the best television ever made. Yes, it's a reality television show about falling in love with multiple people, in weird as fuck circumstances, in the height of luxurious surroundings. But it's like Suzannah says - "Of course love is real. That doesn't mean it isn't also fake."
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  • Lauren Pierce
    January 1, 1970
    Vastly entertaining, especially if you’re a Bachelor/Bachelorette fan. Lots of interesting insights and good humor. I want the author to sit next to me for every episode and provide commentary.
  • Melinda
    January 1, 1970
    I got this on Netgalley and planned to skim it but ended up reading the whole thing cover to cover. Hilarious, smart, and well-written. If you shame-facedly hate-watch the Bachelor like I do, this book is an entertaining companion.
  • Kevin
    January 1, 1970
    I had to request for my library to purchase this book for its collection and I am so glad I did. While I think it's best if you're "in" on some of The Bachelor's lingo, jokes, and structure, Suzannah Showler does a fantastic job at guiding you through it and at least making you want to tune into next season because THIS WOMAN IS SO FREAKING SMART. (You'll want to have a drink with her after reading this)Ostensibly, this is an essay and she is convincing as hell. Showler is able to see past what I had to request for my library to purchase this book for its collection and I am so glad I did. While I think it's best if you're "in" on some of The Bachelor's lingo, jokes, and structure, Suzannah Showler does a fantastic job at guiding you through it and at least making you want to tune into next season because THIS WOMAN IS SO FREAKING SMART. (You'll want to have a drink with her after reading this)Ostensibly, this is an essay and she is convincing as hell. Showler is able to see past what so many television elitists scoff off as "ugh reality tv ugh" and deciphers it piece by piece by piece into one of the most insightful commentaries on the reality TV phenomenon of the 21st century. That seems like a niche achievement, but it's about time that someone does it. And Showler does it so well.Showler pulls you back on a slingshot through the entire book and then lets go with a shiver-inducing final chapter. If before you read this book you thought that The Bachelor was just primetime fluff, after you will understand why its longevity, evolution, and draw are so important to contemporary North Americans. And you'll have a lot of fun doing it.I don't care if it outs me as a [lapsed, but perhaps reborn] watcher of the show, I will be bringing up The Bachelor in many conversations to come so that I can recommend Most Dramatic Ever: The Bachelor to them. And I'll be looking out for what this author comes out with next. It's important that Canada has thinkers in its literary community - and this is a book so, so, SO full of thought. If she had the mandate, I think she could have expanded this book, but she managed to be concise and convincing in what she covered. There's no gossip here... just solid commentary.I love ECW books and what they publish. I haven't read other entries in its "pop classics" collection. I get that it needs to fit in visually with the rest of its I wish this book had a more distinct cover and a more descriptive subtitle. Because it really deserves to stand out. Can't wait to see what Showler has next, whether it be nonfiction, fiction, or poetry... I'm in.PS - I sadly missed a lot of endnotes on my eBook because they required me to continue skipping to the end of the chapter and then flip all the way back... eBook editors, are footnotes possible in this form?? They would be so much better than endnotes, especially when there are 100+ in a 140-page book.
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  • Roger Royer
    January 1, 1970
    Having never watched the Bachelor or any of the shows that are in the general wheelhouse of it, I figured that I would not care about this book or what the author would have to say. I am glad to say that I am wrong.The book is a critical love letter to and about not only the shows and the people involved but also the times we live in that made them, and reality television, such a big deal today. Not only does our author point out the good but also takes the time to point out, with much love, the Having never watched the Bachelor or any of the shows that are in the general wheelhouse of it, I figured that I would not care about this book or what the author would have to say. I am glad to say that I am wrong.The book is a critical love letter to and about not only the shows and the people involved but also the times we live in that made them, and reality television, such a big deal today. Not only does our author point out the good but also takes the time to point out, with much love, the bad and the horrible.Overall a surprisingly well written read that I found enjoyable even though I have never watched a single episode.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    2.5-3 Star and I think I’m too generous with my rating system. If you’re a Bachelor franchise fan then sure, read this because you’ll know the people and instances the author refers to. Some of it is funny and may give you an idea of “behind the scenes” of the show but overall it’s not nearly as juicy as I’d expect it to be. The authors writing seems forced to sound more intelligent just by filling space with bigger words than necessary. If you don’t watch the Bachelor, I don’t suggest you read 2.5-3 Star and I think I’m too generous with my rating system. If you’re a Bachelor franchise fan then sure, read this because you’ll know the people and instances the author refers to. Some of it is funny and may give you an idea of “behind the scenes” of the show but overall it’s not nearly as juicy as I’d expect it to be. The authors writing seems forced to sound more intelligent just by filling space with bigger words than necessary. If you don’t watch the Bachelor, I don’t suggest you read this, it won’t be at all entertaining.
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  • Lily
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, I dived into this book completely expecting something different. I was ready for insider info, some juicy tidbits, behind the scenes, etc.What I got was.....a wordy college essay for hipster philosophy class.I mean, this book takes itself WAY too seriously. I just want to say to the author: Girl, it's not that deep.She tries to convince the reader that the bachelor is some sort of matrix of deep intellectual meaning. She talks about rituals in the Bachelor, equating them to religious experie Ok, I dived into this book completely expecting something different. I was ready for insider info, some juicy tidbits, behind the scenes, etc.What I got was.....a wordy college essay for hipster philosophy class.I mean, this book takes itself WAY too seriously. I just want to say to the author: Girl, it's not that deep.She tries to convince the reader that the bachelor is some sort of matrix of deep intellectual meaning. She talks about rituals in the Bachelor, equating them to religious experience.She brings up patriotism, politics, emotional intelligence.....all in the same sentence as The Bachelor.There's something to be said for OVER-analyzing something. When you break it down into incoherence.This wasn't a fun pop culture read. This was just....not enjoyable.
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  • Brandy
    January 1, 1970
    I love fluffy books about The Bachelor franchise - they are part of the guilty-pleasure experience for me. But this is NOT a fluffy book - instead I was pleasantly surprised to find that this is a beautifully written, razor-sharp intellectual analysis of the show and what it says about American culture. I was delighted with Showler’s analogies (I laughed out loud at some) and impressed by her hypotheses (I read and re-read some sections, and I thought much more deeply than I ever expected to abo I love fluffy books about The Bachelor franchise - they are part of the guilty-pleasure experience for me. But this is NOT a fluffy book - instead I was pleasantly surprised to find that this is a beautifully written, razor-sharp intellectual analysis of the show and what it says about American culture. I was delighted with Showler’s analogies (I laughed out loud at some) and impressed by her hypotheses (I read and re-read some sections, and I thought much more deeply than I ever expected to about a ridiculous reality TV show). This could easily be the text for a university seminar (and I’d love to be part of those discussions). I will look for more of Showler’s writing - she is brilliantly talented.
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  • JoAnn M
    January 1, 1970
    I was looking for another good read about one of my favorite shows. Sorry, but this read like the author's PhD dissertation. For me, too much analysis and not enough fun!
  • Vee
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted in depth cultural analysis about this show from someone who is intelligent, also addicted to this terrible show, and has an interest in it that is half-ironic, half coming from a place where they are wondering about the zeitgeist of our country. This book scratched the hell out of that itch.
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  • Kathleen O'Neal
    January 1, 1970
    After recently encountering some exceptionally bad writing on the American media and popular culture landscape in Elline Lipkin's book "Girls' Studies," it was particularly pleasurable to encounter some of the best pop culture criticism that I have ever read in Suzannah Showler's book "Most Dramatic Ever. The Bachelor." Showler is obviously an amazingly talented writer period and her analysis of The Bachelor and its many spinoff series strikes just the right tone, neither trivializing the subje After recently encountering some exceptionally bad writing on the American media and popular culture landscape in Elline Lipkin's book "Girls' Studies," it was particularly pleasurable to encounter some of the best pop culture criticism that I have ever read in Suzannah Showler's book "Most Dramatic Ever. The Bachelor." Showler is obviously an amazingly talented writer period and her analysis of The Bachelor and its many spinoff series strikes just the right tone, neither trivializing the subject matter nor taking it too seriously to effectively communicate what makes the Bachelor franchise television programs so much damn fun to watch. I can't recall the last time that I genuinely laughed out loud so much while reading a book. In addition to being often side splittingly hilarious, the book also manages a lot of profundity in reference to the tropes, structure, and internal logic of the show as well as what it reveals about American attitudes regarding race, personal trauma, and the media. An absolute joy to read. Highly recommended.
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  • Edie
    January 1, 1970
    A brilliant and spectacular read. Will be using this as a model for the scholar and writer I hope to become.
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