If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to apartment hunt in NYC, this book is for you. There’s a section of the book which, though it has a few funny moments, is way too long and detailed about Andi’s search for a place to live. (Also, I imagine that most other people who are not Andi Dorfman couldn't just pick up and move to NYC with no job and afford an apartment without a roommate.)
Apologies for my belated post. I was having my own Winter Games in Denver this week. And by Winter Games, I mean I was playing board games with my nephews in Denver and it was snowing outside, but that still counts. Anyway, it meant I didn't get to watch this treasure of a show until several days later, but I still have thoughts and opinions. And I have an extra hour worth of this bananas show to cover, so I'd better just get into it.
This seems early to have a "read more" cut, but like I said last week, the structure of this post is going to mirror the structure of this show, so, like, it's non-existent.
For two insane weeks, Bachelor Universe is going to have to put up with not one, not two, but three nights of Bachelor television. I don't know about you guys, but I'm not sure if my wine budget can handle two nights a week of this show on top of the regular Bachelor. Regardless, I will be here to recap all four episodes of the Bachelor Winter Games over these two insane weeks, and I'll even live tweet when I have nothing better to do with my time. Don't say I never did anything for you.
Like the rest of Bachelor Universe (we're a universe now, btw. We were a nation and then this show happened and introduced us to the International Bachelor contestants. Next season on Winter Games, I fully expect The Bachelor: Mars to participate), I had no idea what to expect from this show. After watching two episodes, I still have no idea to expect. So similar to the format of the show itself, the format of my recaps is going to be... nonexistent. I'm just going to chat about whatever moves me. Hold on tight.
2017 is drawing to a close, which means it's almost January, and almost time for the The Bachelor. The Squad has always approached The Bachelor franchise with varying levels of enthusiasm (meaning everyone is enthusiastic except for Kelli), but the 22nd season is a special kind of bummer, as it's centered around less-than-ideal Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Junior. Come January 1st, we will be subject to approximately four hundred hours worth of some white dude's legendary make-out skills. Now is the winter of our discontent. Full stop.
Though we're disappointed in The Bachelor himself, we have reached a stage of acceptance (you can read Susan's blog post about the process here). Anyway, Arie's not so important — the Squad is all about girl power, and we're still excited to watch 29 women forge long-lasting friendships and drink lots of free alcohol. The cast of the 2018 season has been revealed, and we're here to offer our first impressions. Check them out after the cut.
Have you heard the news? Arie Luyendyk Jr. is our next Bachelor.
Come January 2018, we'll all be following Arie of Emily Maynard's season as he quests for love. Bachelor fans are underwhelmed. They're disappointed. They're going through the five stages of grief as the reality of this dissatisfying bachelor pick sinks in.
At the beginning of this summer, we thought we would lose Bachelor in Paradise for at least the season, if not forever. Like many other viewers, when I saw the show was coming back against all odds and perhaps against better judgment, I jumped for joy. But now that BiP is back, I can’t help but feel like this season is a lackluster shadow of seasons past. This is the show we fought for? On top of that, ABC has just announced Arie Jr. as their next Bachelor, which is… fine, I guess. I don’t have a problem with Arie, but is a contestant from five years ago even relevant anymore? The Bachelor franchise is doing us wrong, people, and we deserve better.
Thankfully, better is coming on September 20th in the form of a fresh new season of MTV’s superior dating show Are You the One. Yes, that’s right. I said it. Are You the One is far better than Bachelor in Paradise. Actually, it’s the best dating reality show on television, and I’m here to tell you why. If you’re not already watching this gem on the show, you need to get on board now. What follows are my reasons you should forget about this boring Bachelor content and instead get hype for Are You the One!
This Monday’s Bachelorette finale episode was not everyone’s favorite.
There are lots of reasons for this, but one of the main phrases I saw people using on Twitter was “winner by default,” implying that Bryan Abasolo only won because Peter Kraus didn’t want to propose.
It’s easy to see why people might think this way. After all, the episode focused much more closely on Rachel and Peter’s breakup than it did on Rachel and Bryan’s budding relationship. And any scenes of tension between Rachel and Peter throughout the season were centered on his readiness to propose, so the audience walked away feeling like this was the only thing standing in Peter’s way.
In reality, that’s probably not true.
It's Almost Time for the Newest Season of the Bachelorette!
The new season of The Bachelorette premieres on Monday, May 22 on ABC. Susan, Emily, and Mary are super excited to see Rachel embark on her journey to find love-or-something with one of these thirty-one Instagram model wannabes. And Kelli? Well, we beat her down until she finally had to give in and agree to watch with us. So now we're officially all on board to watch this season of the Bachelorette, and we've been prepping by setting up our Fantasy League (which you should join and participate along with us!) and judging the new batch of Bachelor boys based on their official bios.
Check out our opinions after the cut.
I really want people to stop acting like The Bachelor franchise is diametrically opposed to feminism and female empowerment. You don’t have to “turn off” your feminism to enjoy The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, or even – the newest and greatest spinoff – Bachelor In Paradise. The Bachelor franchise is actually this lovely hidden well of lady power and strong female friendships, and you can totally appreciate those kickass aspects while still acknowledging that this whole setup is completely bonkers.
The original iteration, The Bachelor, is the variation people seem to have the most major problems with. After all, the premise is 25-30 women competing for a man’s attention, and, in the end, a proposal. It doesn’t exactly sound empowering if you’re one of the 25. Watching 25 women fall all over themselves to win the lead’s attention at any cost doesn’t exactly give the viewer a great feeling. In fact, it feels pretty icky. (Anyone remember when Jamie Otis tried to seduce Ben Flajnik?*) But that’s not what’s happening anymore.
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