One of the things I have inherited from my parents is suggestibility. For example, if we’re watching something where a character is eating toast, we all want to go and eat some toast. One series that is very influential for me in this way is Gilmore Girls
Yes, I have seen more than just the first three seasons, but since the later ones don’t match the boxes of the first three and are more difficult to prop up, I thought I’d leave them out for now…
Before I get onto the things this series has lead to, I think a brief story of how I first got into the series is required. Not because it is necessary to understand the rest of the post, but because I like the way that different interests can lead to other ones.
Does anyone remember the late lamented Borders Book Shop from Glasgow? I do, vividly. It was a great place and I could spend a several hour long jaunt to Glasgow just visiting it quite happily. One of the many things I discovered there – including Tamora Pierce, a subject for another blog post – was American Girl magazine. Unfortunately I can’t currently find any copy of it, much less the appropriate one, for a photo. Borders always had american magazines that you couldn’t get anywhere else, so it was the only place I could get this mag. One of the usual features was where a baby photo of a celebrity was shown alongside hints about who they were, and you then turned the page and it was a mini-article about them. One of these was Alexis Bledel, one of the eponymous stars of Gilmore Girls. However, at the time I had this problem with watching popular tv shows, and teen ones in particular – I was just about to start at Uni before I watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but that kinda opened up the genre to me after that! – so although I thought the series sounded interesting, I did nothing about it. Years later I got into the Gemma Doyle Trilogy
And, for a while, there was the idea that someone was going to make them into films, and so forums on imdb were established to discuss it, and from there, discussing the other shared interests of the people who posted on them. One discussion was about favourite Film, TV and Book couples. The main couple from the trilogy were obviously very popular but the most popular were Book: Elizabeth and Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, Film: Han and Leia from the Star Wars Trilogy and TV: Rory and Jess from Gilmore Girls. This reminded me of the existence of the series and, since I had finished Buffy by now and was looking for another series to get into, I decided to look up clips from it on YouTube – my preferred way of testing out a series – and then shortly after ordered it from amazon.
It’s about this mother and daughter living in a cosy small town in America and their lives and the lives of those who live around them. The daughter is incredibly geeky.
After a while, my Mum got into it too. Although we have a much larger age-gap between us than the mother and daughter from the series (who are only sixteen years apart) we’re really good friends just as they are and share a lot of interests. After a while, and the help of a brief appearance from a ginger-tabby kitten, my Dad was introduced to the series as well. Now we all three sit together and watch it.
Although the food in the series is not exactly vegan friendly – in some cases even hostile to vegans – there is one edible aspect to my suggestibility involving this series… The main character practically live on coffee, and are always getting it in those take-away cups…
At first, this was satisfied by getting Soya Hot Chocolate in this kind of cup, but after a while I discovered Cafe Nero Soya Lattes, and now I really AM drinking coffee when I’m pretending to be a Gilmore Girl… I have now become a bit obsessed with the taste of of Cafe Nero Soya Lattes as well as the satisfaction of impersonation.
But there are other aspects to my suggestibility (one of which springs from cool technology, which will be covered in another post) and in this case a big one is reading. I love reading and do so whenever I possibly can. I love many genres of books and, when I was being home educated, a large part of my education involved the Classics. But one thing that I have sadly neglected for a long time is Modern Classics. For a long time, the only book I’d read that could be considered as such was Lord of the Rings. And Rory Gilmore reads a lot of both Classic Classics and Modern Classics. For an idea of the kind of books she reads, here is a link to the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge: http://www.listchallenges.com/rory-gilmore-reading-challenge?ref=share which lists all of the books she is seen reading over the course of the series and you can click to show how many you have read. I only discovered this recently, and the fact that the lack of modern classics that I can tick has refueled my attempt to change this. Before that, I had this book
Which, amongst other things, includes a lot of both well and lesser known modern classics – I am even reading a recommendation from this book as I wait for photos to upload… It has been a great help, but for the most part, instead of getting on with reading the books, I have been doing this
Just going through the book and putting sticky-notes in. I have them colour coded, of course, with purple being those which I already have access to and green for those that I am interested in getting hold of.
But, as I said, the series not only focuses on the eponymous Gilmore Girls, but their friends, family and neighbours. Rory’s best friend, Lane, is heavily into music. This has encouraged me to branch out from my previous musical interests (Ballet, 40s music, The Beatles, and selected modern artists) into what I like to call ‘Cool Girl Music’, or the type of music that Lane would listen to
Although I mostly download music – partly because this way I don’t need to wait for it to arrive – I recently decided, with the help of a great second-hand music shop in Glasgow, to get some in solid copy as well, partly for showing off purposes. All but the Bangles CDs in this picture are from that visit, but I’ve had the Bangles CDs since shortly after starting to watch Gilmore Girls…
But I am making an effort to read more Modern Classics, and I am enjoying those which I have read. The first one I read was Catcher in the Rye, which I could only read in short installments because it hurt too much worrying about the protagonist!
I finished it on Christmas Eve last year when I couldn’t sleep. Yes, I still can’t sleep properly on Christmas Eve, but it has now progressed into my excitement about my family’s reactions to the presents I’ve made them. Well, and last year there was my excitement about getting the camera that I have since been using for my Blog. It was actually very appropriate to read it then, because although probably no-one ever mentions this when talking about the ‘Angsty Teen Manifesto’ (my brother’s description of the book!) it is actually set in the lead up to Christmas.
This is something I’m looking for more of now… I get VERY into Christmas and have already been looking for both books and music relating to it (to add to my already very large collection) and the annoying thing with both is that a lot can be overlooked because it won’t appear in a search on book and music sites for ‘Christmas’ as they don’t include the word in their titles… This is the case with one of my favourite Christmas Books, Envious Casca by Georgette Heyer, which is a detective book, but one that is more likely to have its setting mentioned in descriptions whereas books like Catcher in the Rye probably won’t. I know this last bit has very little to do with Gilmore Girls and suggestibility, but it is connected to the story that I began the post with, since it is about how interests can lead into each other…