Why I wouldn’t buy ‘Gilmore Girls’ as written by Rory Gilmore

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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:

  1. Lorelai is having a baby!
  2. Lifestyles of the Rich and Well Insured
  3. Teenage Runaway
  4. Working for the Mia
  5. Something, something for fifteen years until…
  6. ’You need money’
  7. Rory goes to rich people schools
  8. 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.

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22 thoughts on “Why I wouldn’t buy ‘Gilmore Girls’ as written by Rory Gilmore

  • January 25, 2017 at 11:48 am
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    Just because you didn’t see it happen, or didn’t hear it talked about, in the show doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Who says there’s no conflict in those first 16 years? To assume that there’s no story is pretty silly.

    And we have no idea if a mass-market publisher would pick it up, publish it, and promote it. We don’t know anything about its potential success.

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    • January 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm
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      I agree. I personally think the book would be a hit and as popular as the show was and still is today, there would be a lot of people wanting to publish it. I’ve loved the Gilmore girls since it first aired when I was 16 and fell in love with it all over again with the reunion. I’m 31 now but I’m still a huge fan and feel like the book would be just of much as a hit with all generations of fans.

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    • January 26, 2017 at 10:21 pm
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      From the moment Lorelia told Rory to “drop the The; it’s cleaner”, it was apparent that the memoir Rory is writing is what we have been in love with since it’s first episide. Gilmore Girls is our beloved show, lifestyle, religion. It is the story Rory is writing. So many people keep saying how situations in the revival have “come full circle”, why not truly come full circle, and have the story be written by Rory.

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  • January 25, 2017 at 12:20 pm
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    Everyone has a story to tell and rhere are many autobiographies and memoirs out there ftom people who are younger than Rory. Probably with nothing to tell. Rory’s story is shown in the gilmore girls and we love it: coming of age, agonising over boyfriends, the changing relationship with her father. Getting a little sister. A step sister. What about when she left Uni because of a hit to her confidence from nonother than her boyfriend’s Dad? The family of her boyfriend hating her. Her membership of the life and death brigade. Her changing from good girl to criminal. She has a story. Didn’t you watch it. Each character in that series could have their own book they are all unique. If you think otherwise you have a limited imagination. Anyway there isn’t a book. The book is the tv show like at the 3nd of Little Women when jo has her book. It’s just an image, a completed circle and pulls everything together. How can you criticise the imaginary book of an imaginary character? You haven’t read it. And saying Rory doesn’t have a story. Well, that’s like saying nobody does but the libraries and book shelves say otherwise. But like I said it’s just a way to tie up the show. Rory has written a book called Gilmore Girls like the show we watched. The show is Rory’s book like the film Little Woman is Jo’s book. Guess you missed that point.

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  • January 25, 2017 at 1:57 pm
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    I would buy it, simply because a lot of things I feel were left out of the show and left it up in the air for viewers to make their own interpretations of Rory and Lorelei’s life. I feel that this would be like a behind the scenes type book to answer those questions and give the viewers more of an inside scoop to their story. I also think it would be very interesting for Rory to include her relationships and how she felt in those relationships. Most importantly if the book carried up to where she found out she was pregnant, maybe Rory would reveal the father of the baby, and her plans for raising the child. That would then give us all the answers we feel we’re missing from the reunion. I think the book would be a best seller in all honesty. This makes me happy to think there’s a possibility of a book.

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  • January 25, 2017 at 2:05 pm
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    I agree with the post above in that we have no idea what went on during the first 15 years of Rory’s life. Just given the circumstances (teen mom on her own) I’d assume there’s some kind of story there that would appeal to people. Now, would it be full of ‘conflict’? Maybe not so much – Rory comes across as the most straight kid you can imagine when the series starts. It’s hard to imagine that she and Lane got into much trouble before then. But then not every good book is about conflict, in spite of what they tell you in English textbooks. Having said that, though, I think writing a book about the boyfriends would be much more interesting. So, I don’t think the mom-daughter book is necessarily a bad idea, but I do agree that the boyfriend memior would make a much, much better book, with a much better chance of being published and making money. Of course, she might not want to write that, because if she’s at all honest, she’d have to admit to a lot of things she did to them and ways that she acted that wouldn’t make her look too good, and I’m not convinced she’s mature enough to take ownership for her own shortcomings yet (though she should be by this time).

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  • January 25, 2017 at 2:17 pm
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    Okay well, I’d like to reframe this for you as I did for many of my friends. I think you are missing a major point in A Year in the Life.

    Rori’s book, The Gilmore Girls is not for you. We have had years to study, process and understand the wisdom, love and protection Lorelai gave to Rori through the magic of Netflix. Rori obviously 10 years out of college does not have that same mental understanding. No offense to Rori but it shown by the fact that she seems so unbelievably lost, out of sorts and physically/emotionally distanced from her mother.

    So, Her memoir is for her and the others that exist with in the world of Gilmore Girls, to absorb the wisdom of love, friendships, and personal growth that takes time and a lot of strength and time to understand even if Lorelai Gilmore raised you. With any life there are good times and bad but the beauty of the original seasons of Gilmore Girls was there is always an amazing punchline that will leave you laughing. There is no reason why that wouldn’t translate into the rori’s memoir.

    Amy and her husband did something very “meta” by giving an opportunity for the world of GIlmore Girls in on the power of their own story. The book will be popular within the world of Gilmore Girls because the show is so popular in the real world. Rori is going to gain, through introspection, all of the care and knowledge that is Lorelei Gilmore and be able -maybe for the first time- to take it in what we all have learned and loved from watching the show over and over. and let it sink in as she goes from being a child to a mother.

    I hope you don’t actually think and truly hope Amy and her husband don’t make it into an actual book. But allow us to see the growth through future seasons. Rori is gonna be a mom, she needs to grow up and find out what made her who she is and what is she going to do for her own child.

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  • January 25, 2017 at 2:21 pm
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    I think she wrote the book about gilmore girls. And thats exactly the things we saw in the last seasons. The whole serie is based on the book. Maybe the first chapters are about the beginning of her live, but then everything is about the three gilmore girls as we know them.

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  • January 25, 2017 at 2:36 pm
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    What if the entire first section of GG (the original 7 seasons) is actually the stories told in Rory’s book about her and Lorelai’s life?

    Just sayin….

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  • January 25, 2017 at 3:02 pm
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    Her boyfriends will be in the book that’s what she said to Lorelai in the cemetery. And when she ran into Dean in the store she asked him if it was ok if she writes about him in her book. So her boyfriends wiil be in the story they just might not be the main focus though i do agree it would be an interesting book if they were not that the book about her & her mom wouldn’t be. I also agree about her being more of a novelist than a journalist i don’t understand why Amy decided to make that her career ambition I don’t feel she has the personality for it. She seems much more suited to be an author/creative writer/ novelist.

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  • January 25, 2017 at 3:51 pm
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    Hello there. I respectfully disagree. It would be very self centered to write about your boyfriends as a child. No one would read about that! But people would read about the true relationship of a mother and daughter. Their relationship is interesting. The whole series Gilmore Girls is about their relationship. Her boy friends are just something that impacts her relationship with Lorelei. So for that, I very respectfully disagree. Just your opinion. Have good day!

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  • January 25, 2017 at 5:08 pm
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    Read it, not likely….but watch a “Gilmore: The Early Years” prequel, quite possibly with the right cast.

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    • January 26, 2017 at 8:19 am
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      A prequel would actually be great

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  • January 25, 2017 at 6:33 pm
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    If we’re getting all meta here, then the book is going to be awesome. We watched seven seasons of it. And based on the verbal exchange about the title, I’m guessing it’s going to be the same story as the tv show.

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  • January 25, 2017 at 9:35 pm
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    A good book doesn’t necessarily need conflict or even an interesting plot. A good writer could make any story worth reading. On the other hand, a bad writer could make a terrible book out of the most interesting story in the world. I’m not convinced Rory is that good of a writer, but it’s possible.

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  • January 25, 2017 at 10:30 pm
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    I would happily read this book even though the story has been told. Rory named her book “Gilmore Girls”, the same name as the series. The book isn’t about the early years before the show started. It is the story the show is based on. The end is the beginning.

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  • January 26, 2017 at 1:02 am
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    You contradict yourself by saying its not about Emily and Richard but then skipping over the first fifteen years of Rory and Lorelei’s relationship and skipping to ‘i need money’.

    The story would be about lorelai being a single mother, their unique mother daughter relationship and how that came to be, lorelai’s childhood and hkw it influence s the way she raises rory etc etc. Anyone can make a story. Its total bs when someone says but i cant write a book, my life is too boring. Write anyway!

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  • January 26, 2017 at 4:42 am
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    Just announce season 9 already!!!

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  • January 26, 2017 at 10:36 am
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    Would definitely read a book written by THE Rory Gilmore. Hoping they do!

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  • January 26, 2017 at 3:19 pm
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    Considering how many “Teen Moms” have ended up on best seller lists, I’m pretty sure Rory could find a publisher. She “works” as a journalist so she probably knows at least a few people in publishing, so someone will read it.

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  • January 27, 2017 at 9:14 am
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    I think it’s the sort of book where Rory’s skill as a creative writer will really matter. I agree that the events are fairly gentle, so it will all be in Rory’s ability to communicate them and charm the reader. But, no, it’s not like some autobiographies where people buy it because they know the person lead a famous and/or high octane life. I suspect if the book were to have realistic progress within the GG world then it would all be about the ability to get enough of the right people – critics and so on – to read it.

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  • February 6, 2017 at 3:09 pm
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    Rory is not just any other kid who grew up with a single mom who happened to be a teenager. She lived in a potting shed, Lorelai couldn’t cook to save her life, Stars Hollow is the quirkiest place ever, Rory is a bookworm, Sookie, Mia, Luke. I mean, it’s not just another memoir. If the story wasn’t that good, the show wouldn’t be this major success.
    Honestly, I would really really really love if Amy (and maybe Lauren) teamed up to write “Gilmore Girls”.

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