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In Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life, Jess makes a suggestion to Rory with a fairly simple premise. He thinks that she should write a book about her relationship with Lorelai.
Jess, this isn’t a good idea. As someone who works for a super edgy indie publishing company, you should know better.
The aimless Rory is suddenly inspired by this bright idea and outlines the first five chapters of her book. Lorelai is less than impressed, and doesn’t give Rory permission to go ahead with the memoir.
Pause, just for a moment.
First of all, what would this memoir be about?
From the clips in Summer, we see Rory hitting up the microfiche at the Stars Hollow Gazette. She comes across an article about Lorelai beginning her job at the Independence Inn, which quotes the owner, Mia. Mia says that she just had to take Lorelai in after seeing little baby Rory.
All this is very interesting, but nothing really happens between Lorelai running away from her parents’ house and Rory going to Chilton.The details might be amusing, sure. Lorelai may or may not have left her small child in a bucket in a hardware store. Lorelai broke her leg once, and Rory used to lie to her mom to make sure they would be early for things. There isn’t any conflict though, not between the two people the book is based on, anyway. When we meet the Gilmore Girls for the first time, it is obvious that Lorelai has been estranged from her parents for a very long time. Considering how well Rory gets along with her grandparents, some kind of resentment for her surrounding an estrangement may be interesting. But, really, the book isn’t about Emily and Richard. Jess has already said that Rory should ‘write about you and your mom’, and of course she will.
Possible chapters of The Gilmore Girls:
- Lorelai is having a baby!
- Lifestyles of the Rich and Well Insured
- Teenage Runaway
- Working for the Mia
- Something, something for fifteen years until…
- ’You need money’
- Rory goes to rich people schools
- Long Distance Motherhood
I don’t even want to read this and I love Gilmore Girls. Lorelai does make a great point. She suggests that Rory should write her own memoir about her boyfriends. Okay, maybe she is being a little nasty, but she does have a good point. There are three very different characters with different story arcs. There is conflict, an affair (two if you count Paris and Asher Fleming, which I don’t), class systems, and a long story about a stolen yacht. Now, this is the story I actually want to read.
Would Rory make some money with her memoir though? She seems pretty strapped for cash, despite having a massive trust fund. Rory throws in her work at the Stars Hollow Gazette, a paper that really needs her help, and that she could run at a profit if she tried, to write this book. Of course, she has to sell it first. I am going to assume that Jess would publish it for her, and Andrew would sell copies at the book store. Townies would probably be the biggest consumers.They will all get a kick out of this book, that’s for sure.
Rory does seem to be much more of a novelist than a journalist. You can read plenty of blog posts about why Rory isn’t very good at her job, but no one has ever doubted her ability as a creative writer. This is possibly because we haven’t seen it before, and probably won’t because the book she tried to write for Naomi, as well as this one, would make her a biographer. Rory lived on books, in fact she carried three around with her during her Chilton years. Good readers often make good writers. But good writers also need a good story to write. This isn’t one of them.