How Gilmore Girls Changed The Way We Saw Book Nerds
Let’s be honest, we try to be Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls but, we all can’t read 300 books by the time we’re sixteen years old. Besides, “bookworm” was just another way of saying, someone is a nerd who happens to enjoy that wasn’t literature which was school recruited. Maybe, she just read for funsies I don’t know. After all, reading is “cool” or was trying to be cool back in 2000 when the iconic show first aired on tv. For me, growing up I only read what was recruited of me to in school mostly because I didn’t read for funsies outside of that. I tried to read on my own but, it never really stuck plus I always checked to see how many pages I had to go through before reaching the end of the chapter. Which, I still do to this day when I read a book because sometimes the chapters get way too long when they don’t need to be. We can’t all write in the margins of a book like Jess Marino and call it a day now can we?
Sure, it was time for reading to be considered “cool” by certain standards, in this case; the media. A show like Gilmore Girls had of bookworms watching just to see what shenanigans the mother Lorelai had gotten into that episode but, more importantly, to see what book the daughter Rory was reading that week. When I was younger and watched the show for the first time when I was in middle school with my mom. However, the reading bug didn’t appeal to me yet. Until I was in college and my roommate/best friend wanted to read for fun, though at the time with being busy with school and jobs we couldn’t at the time. We would make jokes that once we graduate then we would have time to read for fun, and now do just that!
I’ve always loved or related to books that had a lyrical title to them. As an aspiring writer myself, I love to see how the author of the book wrote a story as well as the minor details in between. For lack of a better phrase, poetry really spoke to me at a young impressionable age and still does till this day as an adult. A poem can tell a story with only a few lines where words speak volumes to those who wish to hear them at a certain moment they may need it most. My favorite poem is called, “Mirror” by Sylvia Plath. It’s about a personified mirror showing a woman her mortality. Sylvia Plath along with Edgar Allen Poe and other poets have an aesthetic in their writing as showcasing dark themes. Some don’t understand great works of art when they witness them. Art imitates life. Most people don’t necessarily understand what exactly a poet/poetess is trying to convey to the reader. However, that doesn’t mean the meaning of the piece is lost from the viewer, it is all about the perception of the overall theme of the story. After all, poetry is subjective.
People think that those who read are more well-rounded or stereotypy smart; a huge nerd. In some aspects, it’s almost frowned upon to be known as a “bookworm” since socially they keep to themselves and do not reach outside of their comfort zone. That being said, perish have a love of reading are outcasted. In an episode of Gilmore Girls, Rory is seen at lunch reading a book and listening to music while a guidance counselor asks to speak with her to discuss the personia of her being a “loner”. Thus, she is being told to mix it up to talk to new people outside of her already small social circle. Her poor lack of socializing with her classmates was the one thing not getting her into a high ivy league college. I think young kids should be getting out of their comfort zone once in a while is a good thing. However, adults shouldn’t make a kid feel what he/she likes to do for a hobby such as reading be looked down on as a bad thing. As long as it isn’t hurting anyone around them, it’s best to leave well enough alone.
Book clubs are a great way to meet people who share the love for reading and books as much as you do. Of course, not everyone is going to like or enjoy the book that is your favorite read. And, that’s perfectly fine not everyone is going to like the same things that you do. Some things in books such as romance novels aren’t realistic as the thing would play out in real life. A “meet-cute” is nice in theory rather it’s only a thing that happens in all forms of media, books, tv shows, and movies. It is an unrealistic expectation in the real world because it is not that easy to accidentally bump into someone on the train where you both happen to go to the same place; then it suddenly turns into instant love. I think that’s the main issue I have with reading romance novels, sure there’s fun to be sucked into that world. But, it gives the reader false expectations of how to be in a relationship in real life as it is.
Most readers can relate to characters in stories that resemble themselves whether that be what the main character is going through in the plot or seeing someone depicted as their being as if looking through a mirror at their reflection. It is important for the audience to themselves recognized even if they see seen within a fictional character. Despite it being a work of fiction, it speaks volumes of realness to them as people.
An example, at the beginning of the show Rory was a shy, sweet, kind wallflower who got good grades and did what she was told. Being raised by a single mother, she had to keep herself entertained which discovered her love of reading. Like all book nerds, she had gotten lost in many worlds as she was taken on so many adventures with the various characters in the books she’d read. Life before technology improved, the early 2000s was a time. Rory used escapism to keep herself engaged, maybe she felt that books were the thing to understand her as she was growing up.
I think we book nerds can all relate to her wanting to travel through different worlds in the beautiful art of storytelling. Reading can be so impactful for young people, it gives them the opportunity to discover something new. They say that the show made reading popular, young viewers who read felt represented as Rory and wanted to be just like her. Everyone wants something they can connect with so, why can’t it be books?