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Gilmore Girls is beloved.
We love the characters, the coffee, the dialogue, the pop culture references. Oh, the pop culture references. There are way too many in Gilmore Girls to count; in fact, there might be too many in a single episode to list.
In the pilot alone, you might catch references to Rosemary’s Baby (love that movie!), Mommie Dearest, and West Side Story. You’ll also catch mentions of Jack Kerouac, RuPaul, Macy Gray, Mark Twain, Eminem, Britney Spears, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Flo Jo, The Little Match Girl, the Menendez brothers, and Nick at Nite.
And then there are the books. Oh, the books.
“I live in two worlds, one is a world of books.” — Rory Gilmore
If you’ve watched even one episode of Gilmore Girls, you know that books are a huge part of the show. However, were you aware that they’re not just props? The books were actually metaphors for story lines and they hinted at Rory’s inner feelings that were not articulated. Consider:
Remember when Rory received a 100-year-old copy of Leaves of Grass in Latin from her grandparents? What a sentimental and meaningful (albeit pretentious) gift. It was the perfect expression of love between Rory and her grandparents. How about when Rory and Dean discussed Anna Karenina? Dean thought it was depressing and confusing (in spite of Rory referring to it as being written for the “common man”), while it was Rory’s favorite book.
Australian writer Patrick Lenton put together a list of every book ever referenced on Gilmore Girls. The list of 339 books (339!) is known as the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge.
I’ve only read 13 books on the list. Thirteen! But those 13 are books everyone should read…
- Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt
- The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx
- Encyclopedia Brown Boy Detective, Donald J. Sobol
- A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers
- Helter Skelter, Vincent Bugliosi
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss
- Lord of the Flies, William Golding
- Night, Elie Wiesel
- Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
- The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
- Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
- Stuart Little, E.B. White
- To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
But I’ve got some reading to do. 326 books to go!
I’ve also got some watching to do.
Wait. Did someone say watching?
Yes, watching. Gilmore Girls. On UPtv.
Are you ready? You can jump right back into your Gilmore Girls obsession with a marathon this Sunday (October 4) at 10 a.m. EST. You’ll be treated to all kinds of pop-up facts and anecdotes that highlight and celebrate the Gilmore “firsts,” factoids, and pop culture references.
Then, you can catch two more Gilmore Girls episodes Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
In keeping with all the Gilmore Girls glory, I have a super fun Gilmore Girls prize pack for you — a Gilmore Girls t-shirt and pen and candles and all sorts of goodies, including a Gilmore Girls coffee mug (not pictured).
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents and ends October 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Enter below and then check out the other giveaways!
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