The Bachelor franchise has provided fodder for tons of memoirs over the years — just ask Tyler Cameron, Andi Dorfman, Trista Sutter, Sean Lowe, Colton Underwood or many others — so it’s no surprise that it’s also inspired a handful of fictional accounts.
Author Kate Stayman-LondonThe idea for her debut novel was born. One to WatchWhile you are watching Nick Viall‘s season of the show, which aired in early 2017. “I was thinking about a lot of different ideas to pursue instead, until the night when I sat down to watch the finale of Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor,” she told GoodreadsIn July 2020. “The idea for One to Watch really hit me like a bolt of lightning that night, and spending time in that world and with those characters just made me so happy.”
Bea Schumacher, a plus-size fashion blogger, agrees to participate on the reality TV show. Main SqueezeIt is similar to The BacheloretteIt is unique in that it features 25 men competing to win the heart of one girl. Though the novel chronicles Bea’s attempt to find love (or at the very least grow her brand), it also includes interstitial chapters featuring excerpts from a fictional Main SqueezePodcast and transcripts provided by chat room members who analyse each episode.
“I’ve been a fan of The Bachelor franchise for almost 20 years now … and it’s incredible to see this whole commentary cottage industry that’s risen up around the show,” Stayman-London explained of her decision to include those portions in the book. “For me, texting with my friends and listening to podcasts and reading blog posts are all essential parts of my viewing experience; it makes watching the show so much more fun to feel like I’m a part of a big community of people experiencing it together.”
For her 2016 novel, Eligible, Curtis Sittenfeld drew inspiration from an unlikely combination of places — The BachelorJane Austen. The book is a modern interpretation of Pride and Prejudice, but in Sittenfeld’s version, Mr. Bingley is well known around the neighborhood because he recently failed to find love on a reality TV show called Eligible.
While researching for the book the following were helpful: PrepAuthor became addicted to her source material accidentally. “I watched an entire season of The Bachelor for the book,” she told Vogue2016. “Then after that, I watched an entire other season, because I got hooked. … The thing is: It’s pretty brilliant. You will be amazed at all the little details. There are often dirty looks between contestants that can have so much meaning. You wouldn’t really know unless you’ve been watching every minute of it.”
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