Tag Archives: The Bachelorette

Chris Harrison’s The Perfect Letter Is a Festival of Cliches

14 May

y450-293I suppose it’s not surprising that someone let Chris Harrison write a book. The diminutive all-American host of The Bachelor and Bachelorette has participated in some 29 seasons of romantic Hunger Games, during which time he’s perfected the art of soberly watching men and women choose their future fiancees via a series of melodramatic flower handouts. It doesn’t much matter whether the bachelor/ette is bubbly or reserved, smart or dim-witted, good at juggling two-dozen potential significant others or hilariously ill-equipped. Regardless, Harrison is there, be-suited and poker-faced, his benignly sympathetic countenance a cross between the earnest enthusiasm of Carson Daly hosting The Voice and the thinly veiled smugness of Alex Trebek on Jeopardy. Harrison has no qualms about proclaiming each season of The Bachelor “the most controversial ever,” and is a master at addressing “Bachelor Nation” without smirking. One might even think he believes in it all: the frenzied, tumbling romances; the grand proclamations; the too-soon engagements. At the very least, Harrison knows one thing about love: It sells.  Continue reading

In Defense of Honey Boo Boo

10 Aug

So I know this blog is about books, but I think it’s important that we all stop for a second to reflect on something incredibly important that occurred in the pop culture sphere this week: The premiere of new TLC show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. (Non-TV people, you can check out now.)

For the unfamiliar, Honey Boo Boo, or Honey Boo Boo Child, is the nickname of six-year-old Alana, who made her reality TV debut in Toddlers & Tiaras. Unlike most young beauty pageant participants, Alana is basically the opposite of poised, which makes her a fairly shitty pageant contestant (she has yet to win a crown or any sort of money) but a normal six-year-old, and an amazing subject for reality television. It is quite unsurprising that out of all the toddlers profiled on that show, Alana was the one to get a spin-off.

So far, Honey Boo Boo is like the 50 Shades of Grey of reality TV—2.2 million people watched the premiere, making it the No. 1 cable show in its time slot among women. “Honey Boo Boo” was trending on Twitter through yesterday, and the ever-resourceful TLC has already pioneered Alana-themed ringtones (one of which is now my alarm.)  Continue reading