As you well know, Gilmore Girls first aired in 2000. Watchers who were then Rory’s fresh-faced 16 years of age would now be older than the 32-year old Lorelai who faced Headmaster Charleston in the get-up above. Man, you can feel Emily rolling her eyes from space.
My friend Jack reads The Lord of the Rings every few years and finds different parts affect him with each read, because he’s changed over time. Which led me to wondering (drum roll please):
Did you previously identify with Rory but now think of yourself more like Lorelai?
It’s a bit of a nonsense question since Rory didn’t become Lorelai, she became older Rory. And I think this is where a lot of Rory-related fury about the new episodes comes from, because those who identified with Rory wanted to see her succeed or at least do more than stall.
I’ve talked before about Rory’s stalled trajectory being necessary in order to get to The Last Four Words but perhaps her course was set long before A Year In The Life. Clearly she would never become Lorelai because they were completely different people with very different characters. Compare young book-smart Rory with young feisty Lorelai.
Also, Rory rarely had to fight for what she wanted. In fact, did she ever really know what she wanted, other than what Lorelai or the many other loving people around her wanted for her? It was Lorelai that put college into Rory’s head. It was the boys that lined up to throw themselves at her, rather than her actively pursuing any boy. Her only active decision that comes to mind was to steal the boat.
So as much as I love Rory and was so very proud of her on so many occasions, compared to Lorelai she might have been a teensy bit… boring? But again, that’s a nonsense question since Lorelai is the poster child for mania. Still. In the end, I think I’d rather have Rory over for game night but go out dancing with Lorelai.
Out of interest, did you previously identify with one character but now think of yourself more like the other, or a different character? I feel like I started out as Richard and now I’m grumpy black-cap Luke fast en route to Taylor Doose.
Looking back at Lorelai’s eye-catching Chilton get-up, I’m reminded of our Gilmore Girls Cosplay Competition. Which Gilmore Girls character would you dress up like today? I’m feeling a bit of Kirk, recognizable by the caged swans.
Do parts of the show resonate differently as you’ve gotten older?
Do you think Rory ever really knew what she wanted?