Recently, Sally covered her favorite Rory bookish moments on Gilmore Girls, which got me thinking ... there were several amazing bookish moments that involved other characters too. Here are five of my favorites:
Paris: Rereading "The Iliad" a third time is not doing nothing. I’m not pathetic.
This is one of my favorites because I've been known to reread books, and I always feel the need to add a disclaimer when telling someone that I'm rereading a favorite. No, I'm not pathetic, I just really really like the book.
Luke: Got a great book, it has walking tours of old historic Manhattan. You know, before Disney got a hold of it. The Soho one’s pretty good.
Lorelai: Oh, I love stuff like that.
Luke: It’s upstairs on my dresser if you wanna run up and grab it.
I didn't initially imagine Luke as a reader, so I was happy when I saw this scene. He has a book on historic Manhattan because Nicole likes going to the theatre in the city. Reading because he wants to know more about something that someone he cares about is interested in ... this makes me happy.
Lorelai: Good. Okay, last week we were talking about Meryl Streep and the whole accent thing and Rachel said that she loved "Out of Africa" but she'd never read the book, remember?
Lorelai: Okay, so I was like, "Are you crazy? Isak Dinesen is amazing, I love her." Which is kind of crap because I'd never read the book either, but Rory told me it was amazing, so I felt pretty confident in my recommendation of "Out of Africa". (Pulls the book out of a shopping bag and hands it to Luke.)
I loved this scene so much because I have done exactly this ... had a friend with great taste in books recommend a book to me that I have recommended to others (before I've read it myself).
Lorelai: Uh, you’ve gotta read this Motley Crue book. I swear, you get to the point where Ozzy Osbourne snorts a row of ants and you think, it cannot get any grosser, and then you turn the page and oh, hello, yes it can! It’s excellent!
Gilmore Girls had some great music and musical references throughout the episodes, but this ... ah, I loved this scene. I love that she is reading a book about a band behind the music.
Lorelai: (giggles). (turns around to look at his books) Wow these are beautiful!. Hm, I never read Proust, I always wanted to. Every now and then, I'm seized with an overwhelming urge to say something like "As Marcel Proust would say.." but of course I have no idea what Marcel Proust would say so I don't even go there. I could do, uh, "As Micheal Crichton would say.." but it's not exactly the same you know.
Max: Well, take it.
Lorelai: Oh no! It-it looks so valuable
Max: It's a book. It's meant to be read.
If I had to pick one line from the show that summed up why it was such a great bookish series, this would be it: "it's a book. It's meant to be read." So many episodes involved sharing books and recommending books, but I love the simplicity of this line. I love that Lorelai notices how beautiful the books are and that Max wants them to live up to their purpose and be read.