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Luke’s Diner Day!

lukes16 years ago, Gilmore Girl premiered on TV and has thus madly influenced the copious levels of coffee I drink daily, the books I read yearly and the pace of my speech, quips and oddball humor.

Now that Netflix is reviving the show for a mere (but highly anticipated 4 episodes!) they partnered with 200 coffee shops around the US to convert them into mini-Luke’s Diners to pass out free cups of coffee for the first 200-250 people.

I actually went to visit on these Luke’s Diners to get my complimentary coffee and coffee sleeve, because who turns down free coffee??

The line was long, but the people were friendly. There were more Gilmore Girl fans than not. Although I am baffled at how long people will wait in line for a free cup of coffee as a promo for a TV show they don’t even watch.

Here are my goodies and takeaway’s from this morning adventure:

The line. There were just as many people ahead of me as there were behind me.

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My Cup with promised Lorelei coffee quote:

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The sleeve. Note – there is nothing special underneath the sleeve itself. Just a quote and a Snapchat filter on the actual coffee cup.

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The No Cell Phone Sign:

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It was a fun morning, and I’m glad to see so many people excited for the show. I’m not sure if I’ll spend my entire Black Friday watching all 4 episodes, or if I’ll space it out over time and savor the humor. What will you do? Have you tried my Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge yet? Cuz…I kind of gave up on it a while ago. Although the spirit of reading is still strong with me. Just not blogging or reviewing. Those flames are gone. =p

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Gilmore Girls is Coming to Netflix! (10/01/14)

Brew your coffee, order your pizzas and burgers because Gilmore Girls is coming to Netflix on Wednesday Oct. 1st! Nevermind that I already own all 7 seasons on DVD. Nevermind that I’ve already seen every episode about a dozen times and can tell you what will happen in the entire episode just by watching the first 5 minutes. Nevermind all that, because now I can do it all again, without having to constantly get up and chance the disc in the DVD player! Yay!

Via (The Decider)

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Someday, someday, maybe : a novelSomeday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
Age: Adult
Genre: Fiction
Source: Library
Publisher: Ballantine Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780345532749
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Franny Banks is an aspiring actress in New York. By day, she’s a waitress, and at night, she’s taking acting classes and preparing for auditions. This novel is what most can assume to be a semi-autobiographical account of Lauren Graham’s experiences as a struggling actress before becoming a household name with her role on Gilmore Girls.

Overall, I liked Someday, Someday, Maybe. Although I can’t really call it a great piece of literature. Everything about this book is cliche and predictable. But I connected to Franny (the only likeable character in this book) and I was cheering for her. Her character is flawed, insecure and very impressionable. At times it was annoying and I wished for some character development, with any of the characters really. Everyone is so two-dimensional and fit exactly into the stereotypes that we non-actors cast onto people in the media industry.

But I swear, I liked the book! Its a good quick summer read. Its a beach read. Light and fluffy with a decent sense of humor for some good chuckles. I particularly liked the doodles and small bits of comedy in Franny’s planner, used to signify the start of each chapter. Its definitely something fans of Gilmore Girls will appreciate. Its no coincidence that Franny shares a very, very similar sense of humor as Lorelei Gilmore. Amy Sherman-Palladino would be proud to see the character re-emerge as a struggling actress in New York.

Monkey Monkey Underpants

What is perhaps one of my most favorite Lorelei monologues. Actually, it’s the only Lorelei monologue that I can patiently sit through…she’s super wordy sometimes. Please follow the Gilmore Girls Pop Culture References Tumblr for more awesome scenes like this!

Side note…Why can’t I find Santa sweaters like the ones R & L are wearing in this episode? It’s really not fair that they don’t exist anymore. =(

11 Political Lessons Learned From Gilmore Girls

I came across this post on Buzzfeed and felt I had to share it. It is the Gilmore Girls after all. The premise is 11 political lessons learnt from the show. The lessons aren’t really political. More like normal life lessons. I guess those are the same things?

These two are my favorites. I put my color commentary in green.

2. It’s Good To Have Friends In High Places, Especially Yale’s Secret Societies

It's Good To Have Friends In High Places, Especially Yale's Secret Societies

Rory takes a Mary Poppins-style jump with the Life and Death Brigade, a fictional version of Skull & Bones, the secret society of which George W. Bush was a member during his time at Yale. You Jump, I Jump Jack – One of my favorite episodes from the later seasons. The secret society, Rory’s blue dress, the jump!

10. Never Underestimate The Importance Of Fast-Talking And Thinking On Your Feet

Never Underestimate The Importance Of Fast-Talking And Thinking On Your Feet

Lorelai and Rory regularly employ rapid-fire speech and throw around witty references. I miss the show. I really should start watching it again, if only to feel intelligent when I catch & understand one of their pop-culture/indie-culture references.

Gilmore Girls and the Politics of Identity – Review

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Gilmore Girls and the Politics of Identity edited by Ritch Calvin
Age: Adult
Genre: Non-fiction/Essays
McFarland, 2008
ISBN 9780786437276
221 pages

Back cover synopsis:

This work examines Gilmore Girls from a post-feminist perspective, evaluating how the show’s main female characters and supporting cast fit inot the classic portrayal of feminine identity on popular television.

As an avid Gilmore Girls fan, I recently splurged and bought all 7 seasons of the show because of the massive sale on Amazon. As it is I watch the show on a regular basi on the WB.com, but I love the special features, behind the scenes and the little booklets that come with DVD set acting as an encyclopedia for all the political, musical, pop culture and literary references distributed through the fast-paced dialogue.

This book I found particularly interesting because of the post-feminist slant and the thorough examination of the characters and plotlines. Topics ranged the Utopia that is Stars Hollow, to the faux-feminism represented by Rory Gilmore’s relationships, the mother-daughter relationships, the role of food, the role of music and the theme of single motherhood as portrayed on TV.

Gilmore girls and the politics of identity : essays on family and feminism in the television seriesEach essay was well researched (although a few could have used extra editing as some sentences did not make much sense.) Since I have been voraciously watching the show, I recognized every single episode and scene referenced throughout the book, although at times the facts as written in the essay were different than what I had witnessed on the show. Although the book was engaging, having read it all once made the essays repetitive. Most of the essayist used the same scenes and the same quotes in their examples. There wasn’t much variation in theme or points of view. It is pretty unanimous that Lorelei is the masculine, feminist who scares away the men in her life and paved the way for overly feminine Rory to demur from responsibility and instead hide behind the men in her life.

Having read this collection, I doubt I’ll be able to watch the show with the same naive enjoyment as I have in the past. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. Amy Shermin-Palladino is an incredibly smart and creative lady. She knew exactly what she was doing by creating a TV series based on an unwed mother who had a child at the age of 16, a much underrepresented segment of American life and society.

Although there is some talk of social class and the lack of racial diversity on the show, the main focus of the essays remained on Lorelei and Rory, their relationship, their intellect and personalities. The essay that spoke to me the most was titled “Drats! Foiled Again: A Contrast in Definitions” by Anne K. Burke Erikson. Erikson’s theme of the essay was that was the show speaks as the truth is vastly different from the actions and interactions between the characters. Lorelei claims that she and Rory never fight and are the best of friends. Yet throughout the show they are constantly bickering or not speaking to each other after a spat. Also that Rory is the “good girl” even though she is willing to drop Chilton because of Dean, she drops out of Yale, she steals a boat, she flirts with Jess while still in a relationship with Dean, etc. Rory is by no means an angel, but in comparison to her peers, she stands out as exceptional. In comparison to the other characters and other relationships on the show, Lorelei and Rory are isolated on a Utopian island of filial perfection.

Although there was an essay for Paris, for Lane and for Sookie, I still felt as if these characters were not well discussed throughout the course of the essays except to point out the perfection found in Lorelei and Rory. Very little is said of Lorelei’s relationship with Jason (Digger) and it seems as if every essayist was rooting for the Rory and Jess relationship.

When read in portions, this collection of essays is insightful, introspective and offers Gilmore Girl fans another way to attach themselves to the show and become better acquainted with the two quick-witted women that have been the foundation of a TV series that is still garnering fans and popularity no less than 5 years after the series finale.

Book 28 of 2011

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Gilmore Girls + 10 years

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10 years (minus 6 days) the world was introduced to the fast-talking, smart and witty Gilmore Girls.

Although the show ended three years ago in 2007, it still continues to be a huge part of many lives and a constant image on television screens across the US. This show carries a lot of resonance with me because I grew up with Rory. We were about the same age during the course of the show. Rory and I had a number of similarities:

1. Always carried a book with us

2. Pro and Con lists

3. On the student council at school

4. Taste in music, movies and books.

5. Continued our education after high school to an institution of higher learning.

6. Bottomless pit of a stomach – love of coffee/burgers and fries

Although I didn’t make it into an ivy league school, I am constantly inspired and motivated by this show and Rory Gilmore herself. Her desire to learn, to improve her skills to try something new keeps me on my toes, encourages me to do my best.

In celebration of the show, the characters and everything The Gilmore Girls stood for, this post is my ode to Gilmore.

We start with Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. The unbeatable mother-daughter team that makes every other mother-daughter combo pale in comparison. With their wit, their coffee fueled humor and charming demeanor, these two women show us that smart is cool, and smart is normal. I also love their caffeine addiction and junk-food/constant eating habits.

Richard and Emily Gilmore…do they even need an introduction? They were continually one of my favorite parts of the show. Their old-school elegance clashing with Lorelai’s modern ways of thinking always made for fun spats and dramatic fights.

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And the two best comedic actors of the show… The sassy and snippy Michel Gerard and the bumbling Kirk.
 
Now for some fun and random behind the scenes trivia.
  1. The average script for an episode of the show runs 75-80 pages, as opposed to 45-50 for a standard hour-long television show.
  2. Liza Weil originally auditioned for the role of Rory and didn’t get the part. The producers liked her so much that they wrote her the role of Paris Gellar.
  3. Luke wasn’t originally meant to be a series regular. He was in the pilot and once producers figured out the chemistry between him and Lorelai they extended his role in the show.
  4. In the beginning of the show, Kirk held a number of odd jobs with a number of names before the writers made him a frequent character by name of Kirk. In the pilot, his name was Mick and he showed up at Lorelai’s to install the DSL.
  5. Alexis Bledel (who plays Rory) hates coffee, even though her character loves it. She usually drinks tea inside of the coffee mugs.
  6. Scott Patterson (who plays Luke) used to be a major league pitcher for the Braves, and Dodgers among others before hanging up his cleats to take acting classes.
  7. Keiko Agena (Lane) is about 15 plus years older than Alexis Bledel, even though they play best friends of the same age on the show.
Websites for Gilmore Girls Fans
  1. Shameless self-plug for my Rory Gilmore Reading List.
  2. Gilmore Memories. A great site for episode recaps, trivia and show clips.
  3. The WB for new GG episodes uploaded every Monday.
  4. ABC Family for their in-depth Gilmore Girls show site.
Ah Gilmore Girls. I can watch you every single day, from episode 1 to episode 7 and start all over again right after the last episode.
Although I didn’t get to it today, a post for another day will be all about the fashion of the Gilmore Girls. I know I am not the only person to covet and yearn for a chance to dig through Rory’s closet during her college years. Now that would be an endless ramble of all that is cute and chic.
Well, for now I leave you with the friendly faces of the Stars Hollow residents.
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