Greg Stevenson is Professor of Religion and Greek at Rochester College. After writing on archaeology and the Book of Revelation, he decided to spend valuable research time listening to music and watching television. Since then he has written on U2, Christianity and Hollywood, and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” His book Televised Morality: The Case of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was nominated for the Mr. Pointy award by Slayage.
Dining with the Gilmores
from Coffee at Luke’s
This is one essay from the anthology Coffee at Luke’s
In the fall of 2000, “Gilmore Girls” premiered on the WB and viewers were introduced to the quirky world of Stars Hollow and the Gilmores who had made it their home, mother-daughter best friends Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. With the show in its seventh season on the fledgling CW, Coffee at Luke’s is the perfect look at what has made the show such a clever, beloved part of the television landscape for so long.
What are the risks of having your mother be your best friend? How is “Gilmore Girls” anti-family, at least in the traditional sense? What’s a male viewer to do when he finds both mother and daughter attractive? And how is creator Amy Sherman-Palladino like Emily Gilmore? From the show’s class consciousness to the way the characters are shaped by the books they read, the music they listen to and the movies they watch, Coffee at Luke’s looks at the sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking underpinnings of smart viewer’s Tuesday night television staple, and takes them further into Stars Hollow than they’ve ever been before.
About the Author
Jennifer Crusie is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels include Bet Me, Faking It and Don’t Look Down (with Bob Mayer). She is a frequent contributor to the Smart Pop series, and editor of Flirting with Pride and Prejudice and Totally Charmed. She holds an M.A. in women’s lit and an M.F.A. in fiction. For more information visit www.jennycrusie.com.