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Reading, Rory, and Relationships

By Maryelizabeth Hart

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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.

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About the Author

Maryelizabeth  Hart

Maryelizabeth Hart is co-owner of Mysterious Galaxy, an independent genre bookstore in San Diego. She co-authored companion books to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” with husband Jeff Mariotte and regular Smart Pop contributor Nancy Holder. Her regular writing jobs are editor of the store’s newsletter, and reviews contributor. She has been reading her whole life and remains passionate about books.

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