I own a Stars Hollow t-shirt and once wore it in a Facebook profile pic. This was before I’d come out of the Gilmore closet and a friend of a friend – what we used to call a complete stranger – spotted it and outted me. At first I was bashful but then I couldn’t help myself. All the pent-up geek came out. We started chatting on my friend’s wall about Stars Hollow and meeting up in Luke’s for coffee while our mutual friend watched with confusion.
In my book, a geek is anyone who cares for something a bit more than they think they ought to. It might be a TV show, it might be Marmite. It could be Mycenaen tombs or snowy owls, wine or dubstep, nose flutes or the works of Matt Damon. It’s probably not sport. Whatever it is, it’s about being passionate.
So here’s a confession. I have recorded every single episode of Gilmore Girls on my Digital Video Recorder (DVR). That’s not so bad, I hear you cry. I’m on my third re-watching – that’s watching all seven seasons once, then three times more. That’s a little concerning, I hear you say. My DVR remote control uses the four coloured buttons to skip ahead a different number of seconds and I’ve set the green one to skip the length of the opening credits. OK, that’s a little concerning, I hear you murmur as you back slowly away.
Gilmore Girls finished its original run six years ago in May 2007 but has shown, like the girls themselves, to have terrific legs. Through international syndication, re-runs and an astonishing level of re-watchability, the series continues to pick up fans and turn everyday people into fully fledged Gilmore Geeks. Like me.
I read (and loved) both the books Rory and Jess recommended to each other – The Fountainhead and a Hemingway – The Old Man and the Sea (which made me ponder that Logan seemed to spend more time sleeping than reading and I wondered how that would have affected his relationship with Rory the bookworm. But I digress…)
I’ve shown you mine – your turn. Do you stand up in the cinema and point at the screen when a Gilmore Girls actor shows up? Do you own Stars Hollow merchandise? Do you write GG fan fiction, or ever think to yourself WWLGD?
Just how big a Gilmore Geek are you?