As I am not back at uni for a while, I have been taking some time catching up on TV & re-watching some of my old favourites. A few days ago I got the urge to start Gilmore Girls from the very beginning and I am already on season 3!
Gilmore Girls follows Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. Lorelai had Rory at sixteen and ran away from home to raise Rory on her own, without the intrusion of her overbearing, very rich parents. When Rory (now a teenager) wants to move to a private school to fuel her dream to attend Yale, Lorelai is forced to ask her parents for money and in return her and Rory will attend a dinner every Friday. And thus chaos ensues. Well, a lot of boy, work, school and family drama and resolution occurs.
The reason for my love of Gilmore Girls is as follows: it not only features a teenage protagonist who is bookish and nerdy (ahem me!) but a character who is also extremely true to herself. She knows who she is, and she doesn’t change for anybody. Rory Gilmore is one of my all time favourite TV characters mainly because when I discovered Gilmore Girls at fifteen, I was caught in that teenage trap of wanting to fit in so desperately that I changed who I was to do so. Gilmore Girls does not preach that you have to be super smart, drop dead gorgeous and practically perfect in every way like many other TV shows do, it taught me that it was ok to be myself. After all, Rory wasn’t perfect – she made some SERIOUS mistakes – she’s human.
Apart from Rory Gilmore being a pretty kick-ass teen character, Gilmore Girls also featured the one and only Lorelai Gilmore – who is the coolest, funniest human being in the world. Also featuring more pop culture references then anyone could learn in a lifetime, a cast of eccentric, well developed characters and copious amounts of coffee Gilmore Girls is the perfect heart-warming, sometimes tear-jerking show to wile away what’s left of the summer.