Coffee at Luke’s: An Unauthorized Gilmore Girls Gabfest edited by Jennifer Crusie
The Gilmore Girls edition of the Smart Pop culture analysis series is a fantastic read for any fan of the WB/CW’s beloved series. Split into thematic sections, each academic/super fan scrutinizes a particular element of the show and offers up well thought out commentary.
Most compelling are the stories that delve into the complicated-but-ideal relationship between series stars Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. Jennifer Armstrong, in “No Boys Allowed” confirms that the female leads have constructed a life in which men are no longer necessary. Analyzing this premise further, “That’s What You Get Folks, For Makin’ Whoopee” by Kristen Kidder convincingly argues that it is the inevitable introduction of the “unnecessary” sex that causes the makings of a sieve in incorrigible relationship between the Girls. Later in the book, Janine Hiddlestone’s “Mothers, Daughters and Gilmore Girls” introduces the thematic importance of Emily Gilmore in the younger Gilmores’ relationship.
The compilation also brims with essays that investigate what is possibly the series’ most fascinating character: the town of Stars Hollow. Stars Hollow, like the Girls’ relationship, is idealized. The sky is unceasingly sunny, the temperature always light jacket appropriate, the denizens teeming with character. However, Sara Morrison’s “Your Guide to the Real Stars Hollow Business World” reminds us that in reality, the Taylor Doose business conglomerate is far more likely to thrive than the patronages provided by Lorelai and Luke. Yet with all of this proof of impossibility in hand, it is the unlikelihood of this town’s real world existence that adds the final element of eccentricity to the show fans grew to love.
Jennifer Crusie’s Gilmore Girls “gabfest” is a treat, and one I plan to share with fellow fans.