Monday, January 2, 2012
Why is The Bachelor So Hot?
After sixteen seasons, The Bachelor is back and still going strong. I was on Twitter for thirty minutes (okay, forty-five), and every other tweet was a succint squee about the show's return. So why do fans return time after time?
I did a little research (i.e. I sent out a tweet asking for feedback) with The Bachelor audience, and I read a few online articles to try to get a sense of what brings bachelor fans together once a week, every week at 8:00 on ABC. Though this isn't completely scientific, here are the reasons given for The Bachelor's appeal:
Everybody needs a guilty pleasure, and as guilty pleasures go, this one's pretty harmless. One can tune-in week in and week out, get a taste of drama, suspense, a chance that two (or more in this case) people might fall head over heels in love and you have a front row seat without leaving your armchair. Nice guilty pleasure for anyone.
Also, love stories are alluring. I write romance, and I (and my hubby) get all the stereotypical jokes from those who know what I write. Yet, these same women, and even some men, readily admit to waiting on the edge of their seats to see who's rose-worthy (and of course, who isn't). Everybody--men and women--love a good romance story, and each show is a small romance leading up to the ultimate romantic ending where one man falls for one woman, and they come together against impossible odds.
Furthermore, we all want to be a fly on the wall when crazy things go on. The emotional roller coaster of the saga that builds, the personalities of the contestants (read: insanities, baggage, and general egomaniacal delusions), and the chance that something unexpected will happen at any moment all combine to make the show hard to turn away from.
In the end, it all comes down to one reason people can't get enough. The Bachelor is a safe subject to be opinionated about, and believe me, folks are opinionated. To see the chatter for yourself, just go to Twitter and search for either #thebachelor or #bachelor list. You'll see a perfect example of uninhibited spouting of opinions on something that fortunately doesn't divide nations (yet).
Of course, a reason that came up again and again had nothing to do with the show's premise. It had everything to do with the host--Chris Harrison. So many women said over and over again, they tuned in to see Mr. Harrison. Perhaps that's why he's around season after season as well.
Are you a fan of the show? What do you like about it? If you're not a fan, what turns you off about it?
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