Like Mother, Like Daughter

6

Well, I did it. I managed to read 10 books this month! I had my doubts around mid-month, but somehow managed to make it.

(* I feel the need to preface this with the fact that this is getting ready to be a really long Gilmore Girl rant so um… if that sounds boring to you I’m not going to be offended if you want to just wait til next time… *)

It’s no secret, I’m obsessed with the Gilmore Girls. I’ve watched every season somewhere between 5 and 7 times, some episodes more if I catch them on TV. When an episode begins, I immediately know what the whole episode is about from memory. I can recite the lines, and will at every given moment relate real life events to something that happened on the Gilmore Girls. So I was pleasantly surprised when I found Like Mother, Like Daughter, a novelisation of 5 episodes from season 1 of the show from the first person point of view of Rory Gilmore (the daughter).

First, here is the synopsis from the back of the book:

Okay, let’s face it. My mom and I are never going to have a “normal” mother-daughter relationship because my mom isn’t just my mother, she’s my best friend. She would do anything for me, including asking her parents for the tuition money to send me to Chilton, this prestigious prep school that just accepted me. That was probably one of the toughest things she’s ever done, although agreeing to weekly dinners in exchange for the loan probably runs a close second. My mom’s just miserable at the mere thought of this. But the way I look at it? – I’d just say life is going to get a lot more interesting.

– Catherine Clarke – Like Mother, Like Daughter

Ok,  seriously I’m a mega insane fan of the show, I need to go to Gilmore Girls anonymous for crying out loud… and even my eyes begin to gloss over at that synopsis. Maybe it’s because I’m not a young pre-teen/teen which surely this book is aimed at? I’m not sure, I mean, if I’m not elbow deep in a good Stephen King or a good Chuck Palahniuk novel, I’m usually devouring the latest YA novel I’ve unearthed at the book store (yeah my tastes are insanely varied…) So I like to think I can deal with reading a story aimed at a younger audience, but this book just had me literally exclaiming “You have got to be kidding me!?!?!!!” to my husband about every 5 seconds.

The first thing that bothered me about this novel is that as it’s first person narration from Rory’s point of view, you get all this Rory internal monologue that isn’t present in the show. The dialogue of the novel is directly word for word from the episodes, so that is the only redeeming factor. But the things that Rory thought, just didn’t sound like Rory to me. I suppose maybe non-fans of the show wouldn’t mind or notice, but at the same time I don’t see a non-fan of the show even trying to read this book.

Anyway, here are a few sections that had me sighing loudly:

First, Rory and Dean’s first meeting –

I gazed up the legs. They were connected to a very good-looking boy’s face. He was tall, at least six feet, and had brown hair that flopped nicely. He was wearing a leather jacket and was really, really handsome.

Oh Dean, if you didn't have such nice floppy hair you'd be a dog!

So his hair flops nicely, he’s very good-looking and really, really handsome…isn’t there a better way to convey “hey, this guy isn’t hard on the eyes!”? In the show, what we get is Rory on the ground, slowly panning up from his legs to his face, and then stammering like an idiot. Is this just the reverse effect of “the book’s better”? This time it’s the show that’s better….

Ok moving on…here is a section where Lorelai, the mother, has just informed Rory that they are going to the grandparent’s house for dinner on Friday:

“We are?” I asked, surprised. My grandparents. Emily and Richard Gilmore. Even though they only live half an hour away in Hartford, we don’t see them often. I was surprised by my mom’s statement.

“Mm hmm,” Mom said.

“But it’s September,” I said.

“So?” she asked.

“So what holiday’s in September?” I asked. We usually only went to Grandma and Grandpa’s for holidays. Major holidays.

First, this bothered me because she felt the need to convey she was surprised by her mom twice in about 3 seconds. Second, her asking her mom what holiday in September to me conveys they only visit on holidays, no need to then go ahead and restate that.

Am I just  nit-picking here? I honestly don’t like being harsh, and I especially don’t like being harsh to something Gilmore related, but this writing just seems bad! Again, the dialogue is good, and reading the script would probably be amazing, but this novelization just isn’t working for me.

Finally one last section that bothered me – Rory describing her grandmother Emily:

My grandmother looked perfect. She’s always wearing an actual outfit, like a suit, and her hair is done, and she has on pumps with heels, and pantyhose.

I’m sorry but Emily Gilmore surely commands a better description than that! “An actual outfit, like a suit”….really?

Emily Gimore played by Kelly Bishop

 

 

I’m going to be honest, I’m really conflicted by this whole thing. I love the Gilmore Girls show so much, that disliking anything to do with them is hurting me physically and mentally. I don’t even want to leave the house or speak to friends after having such a mental conflict. The book did get a little better, after all the new character’s descriptions were out of the way. It sort of just went along to mostly being dialogue, and since the dialogue was word for word from the show I really enjoyed that part. I do have more of these books, and I’m not sure if I will try to read them or not. Hopefully she won’t have to describe her grandmother anymore, so it might be halfway decent.

Phew Ok, sorry about that guys, major Gilmore rant is officially over.

 

Why is the Air on?

2

I’m sitting here watching TV after I woke up burning up. I threw the comforter off of me to try to cool off. Then I realize, the air conditioning fan has kicked on because I’m starting to feel a cool breeze – that I must admit feels wonderful.

Christmas is in one week and it’s bloody 61 degrees outside!

The weather is strange in Kentucky. They say if you don’t like the weather, stick around for a minute. Sometime around Thanksgiving it went from 70 and hot one day, to the 30’s and frosting the next. These past few days have been pretty warm though, and I’m starting to hate it. Mom actually found plants sprouting in her yard!

Today is the first day of winter, and it feels more like early fall out there. I just want some snow! Last year winter was wonderful, full of snow and that wonderful cool crisp winter air that smells almost magical. If this keeps up we are going to have to pull the sandals back out, start slathering ourselves with sun block and hit the pools!

All hope is lost for a white Christmas – so here’s hoping that January doesn’t let us down.

Days like today make me really wish that Stars Hollow was a real place, so I could go there and smell the snow with Lorelai.

20 Questions

2

As I mentioned on my previous post, I’m still slightly sleep deprived and brain dead from this weekend. Due to that, I’m being lazy. I stole these questions.

1. As a blogger, what do you draw inspirations from for your posts?

Mostly just life. Things happen that trigger a memory, I watch a movie I like or read a book I enjoy… things like that.

2. If you could swap blogs with another blogger for a post, who would you switch with and why?

Cakewrecks.com…because that is her JOB. That would be awesome.

3. If your blog had a theme song, what would it be? Why?

The Bennie Hill theme song… and because I think that’s probably what it sounds like in my brain, if you could listen to my brain that is.

 

4. What is your writing process for a post?

I sit down, start rambling in an incoherent mess. Read over it and try to make it more coherent. Read it again around 4 or 5 more times. Walk away from it and read it again. If it looks like it might possiblly kinda sorta make sense to someone else, I hit publish!

5. Your blog requires a cute, new, mascot – what would it be?

A kitty cat in some degrading outfit.

6. Do you feel you express your “true self” on your blog?

Yes I would say so.

7. What is your biggest online pet-peeve?

Spam.

8. If you could live in a fictional universe, where would you live? Why?

Without a doubt I’d live at Hogwarts. I suppose I’d have to be a professor there to live there. I’d probably be OK to teach something like The History of Magic. Why? Why the hell not? Harry Potter is awesome, what other explination do you need?

9. You’re having a bad day, you’re upset, you’re angry, or you’re sad – what is your go-to comfort?

My husband. Who will suggest I watch Harry Potter or the Gilmore Girls. That usually does the trick.

10. What is your favorite inspirational quote?

“Procrastinate now. Don’t put it off.” – Ellen Degeneres
11. If they were to make a movie based on your life, who would play you, your leading lady/man, your best friend, and your rival?

Me – I’d say Melissa McCarthy from Bridesmaids, Mike and Molly, and the Gilmore Girls. We both have dimples. We have the same hair color, body type, and her character in the Gilmore Girls is basically me, minus the whole being a chef thing.

My husband – I would say this guy, but that would enrage him…

Best Friend –  Lauren Graham, duh. Sookie needs her Lorelai.

My Rival – The current members of Congress.

12. Do you think the world is going to end in 2012?

No. The world is always about to end.

13. If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?

How much I put things off.

14. What is your favorite season and why?

Fall – it smells nice. Also, it’s not too hot and not too cold. The air has a crisp feeling to it and the whole world turns orange for about a week. It’s the best!

15. You’ve been bitten by a vampire. Would you fight it with all your undead being or would you embrace it for all it is worth?

I’d totally live up being a vampire, but I think I’d be against killing other people. Maybe I could find the Cullens, they have a great house!

16. Have you personally met any of your blogger friends?

No.

17. What does your favorite pair of underwear look like?

They have ruffles…I forgot to grow up around the age of 8 or 9.

18. Have you ever drank something right from the container in the refrigerator knowing other people will have to drink out of the same container later?

Yes, but the only other person here is my husband so it doesn’t really matter.

19. What is your favorite word and explain why?

Pickle. One time I named the sink in my aunt and uncle’s house “pickle” because it’s such a fun word to say and it’s cute and the sink in this house was cute and little and looked like it should be named pickle.

20. 2011 is soon coming to a close, is there anything you’d like to do different on your blog in the year 2012?

Get better at reviewing things like books or movies.

 

OK there you have it, a complete list of nothingness! Now I think I’ll try to go to bed early tonight.