Dancers & Dreamers

ways gilmore girls has influenced my youth

When I was about 13 years old, I fell in love. I fell in love with a TV show, Gilmore Girls. I think the first episode I ever watched was sometime during season 6 and I was instantly hooked. Gladly, Christmas was just around the corner, I got the first season and our love story could begin. I wanted to be just as witty and intelligent as Lorelai and Rory, have fun conversations about Tolstoi and Belle & Sebastian all the time and eat massive amounts of food without ever exercising (sadly still not working today). That was the life. I wanted to be Rory Gilmore. Or Lorelai. Or Lane (that’s the beauty of the show, every character has so many character traits to relate to).

Somehow, the beginning of watching Gilmore Girls coincided also with the time I started to drink coffee – coffee is a big part on the show – but I’m not sure whether there  really was a connection or if 14/15 is just the  age to start drinking coffee. Nevermind. I started getting into old movies and literature books (I think the first challenging book I read was Anna Karenina). I loved reading ever since I was able to, but Gilmore Girls and the thousands of articles on the internet of their reading lists and movie lists opened a whole new universe of knowledge to me. Rory Gilmore even made me a more diligent student than I was before, because she made learning cool ( very important to a 13-year-old girl).

Up until today I love cozying up in the evening with my mom or my best friend and lots (!) of  junk food (you can’t eat Gilmore Girls and not eat) and have whole watching marathons. At the moment, as I start university, I am watching  season 4 again (when Rory also leaves for Yale) and it’s crazy to how many things I can relate.

Was there a show or book that really influenced you while growing up?



2 Comments

  1. Oh wow I loved Gilmore Girls so much too! I actually kind of miss it, I might go watch some episodes on the internet haha.

    For me Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the first show I’ve ever loved and introduced me to Joss Whedon who I think is seriously inspiring. Also, One Tree Hill – just your regular soapy teenage drama but it definitely helped me through my awkward teenage years. Haha.

    Comment by Angie28. November 2012

  2. Same for me and gilmore girls! I think I watched all the seasons in 1 year. I loved it and also wanted to be like Rory and Lorelai. I think what sticked for me most was the importance of couch time with the family! Lot’s of food, a movie, talk talk talk and just be together. Also how Rory studies a lot… I was inspired by it but can’t say I did the same! I still admire it… I watched an episode of gilmore girls last weekend. It was a random episode (Rory Yale season). I like the idea of studying being fun… I should integrate that in my exam period that just started! ;)

    Comment by Brit — 5. January 2013

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