Throughout the early 2000s, there was one show that had its rightful place in our consciousness. Dismissed by some as a superficial show about the trivial lives of young women, Gilmore Girls was none of these things. Instead, it was a truly charming series, exploring the fragilities of family bonds, the struggles of single-motherhood and, of course, matters of the heart.
For those of us who grew up with this series, the news that it will soon be back on our screens has been more than a little thrilling.
Filming for the four-part revival is already well underway, but let us not forget why we all fell so madly, deeply in love with the show to begin with. More than just mere entertainment, it delivered its fair share of life lessons along the way. Here are just five things we learned via hour upon hour of binge watching Gilmore Girls.
1. Family feuds are not the end of the world
Throughout the show, the family feuds come thick and fast – the worst being between Lorelai and Rory in season six. Though these moments were heart-wrenching to watch, thankfully they never ended quite as disastrously as we expected. In the battle between egos and family bonds, the latter is always victorious.
2. There’s nothing wrong with being driven
There’s no doubt about it – these ladies know what they want. Lorelai takes an evening business class and, along with Sookie, starts her own business on a shoestring. Rory is set on becoming a political journalist, and dedicates herself to her studies above all else. And, Paris… Well, Paris is perhaps the most driven of all, never for a moment taking her eyes off the prize. These ladies are truly fierce and set an empowering example to us all.
3. Sometimes, taking chances is great for you
For all his faults, Logan teased Rory out of her meek little shell. While some of his ideas were a little outlandish (ahem – The Life and Death Brigade – ahem), he had his golden moments. Encouraging Rory to live in the moment and take the odd chance now and then was his achievement and his alone.
4. Your soul mate could be standing right in front of you
Forget Romeo and Juliet – Lorelai and Luke have a truly enviable romance throughout the series. A far cry from sickly, soppy romantic gestures, Luke proves his worth through little acts of kindness, like the time he builds her a mini ice skating rink, and his continual support of all that Lorelai does. He’s her rock. And, while it takes her some time to realize that, they are undeniably perfect for one another.
5. Reading is a lifestyle choice
During the first two seasons, Rory is scarcely seen without her nose wedged deep in a book. No doubt her literature-loving nature encouraged a generation of young readers to take pride in their habitual reading – myself included.