Now, I love me some Gilmore Girls, so when a friend recommended this book, I bought it in 0.4 seconds ($2.99 on my Kindle? Yes, please.) I didn’t even need to read the tagline – “An unauthorized Gilmore Girls gabfest” – to know that I needed this book in my life. A gabfest about the Gilmore Girls? An unauthorized one, at that! I felt like I was breaking the rules. Like I was entering some private, exclusive club.
Okay, that’s a little far fetched, I know. This is a book of short essays written by several different people examining all aspects of the show. The chapters tackle topics such as mother-daughter relationships, the role of food, small-town life, father figures, Stars Hollow, and the role of sex in the Gilmore girls’ lives.
Some of the essays were a bit much for my tastes. It was almost as if some of these authors were writing these papers for their Women’s Studies classes and seemed just a teensy bit over-thought. I mean, come on kids. It’s a TV show. However, there were some really great essays. I really loved the one about how food is used as a metaphor throughout the series and the essay on how the three main men in Rory’s life – Luke, Richard, and Christopher – each play a pivotal role in forming a cohesive father figure? Genius. Bonus points for including graphs in that chapter!
It was a good, fast, read that (mostly) held my interest. If you are a fan of the show, I recommend it, but if you’ve never seen or don’t care to analyze a TV show, you’ll probably not miss this one.