Now that Gilmore Girls is streaming on Netflix – something we can all be thankful for this holiday season – you might be wondering what to read if you enjoy that particular show. Now if you truly can’t get enough, you can read the novelization of the show. But I don’t recommend that. Instead, you might give the following thematically similar novels a chance.
01. Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham. Yes, THAT Lauren Graham.
02. Steal the North by Heather Brittain Bergstrom. A story of a pregnant teenager who flees her family and starts over in a new city. When her daughter is 16, she reconnects with the family she left behind. Far more dramatic than Gilmore Girls, but very good nonetheless.
03. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Included mostly for the banter, but a bit for the music (hello, mixed tapes, I miss you).
04. Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead. Set in wealthy New England, this social satire is both clever and brilliant. Two words I’d use to describe Gilmore Girls as well.
05. Election by Tom Perrotta. This one is not for Rory or Lorelai. This one is for Paris.
06. Christine by Stephen King. Dean builds Rory a car, it’s neither possessed nor evil, but Rory loves it – until Jess wrecks it. Chosen because the novel appears in the show and because I love Stephen King…(two birds, one stone and all that)
07. Old School by Tobias Woolf. “The protagonist of Tobias Wolff’s shrewdly—and at times devastatingly—observed first novel is a boy at an elite prep school in 1960. He is an outsider who has learned to mimic the negligent manner of his more privileged classmates. Like many of them, he wants more than anything on earth to become a writer…” Sound familiar? (Writer? Journalist? All the same, right? (sarcasm carries in text, right?))
So, I know there are a few of you out there, but who doesn’t like Gilmore Girls (and WHY?!?).