Gilmore Girls creator says we're all missing something about the Netflix reboot

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Gilmore Girls fans have had the date in their diaries for months, and now it’s just weeks until the Netflix reboot hits our TV screens on 25 November.

The show, which focuses on the awesome mother-daughter relationship between Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel), has often been praised for its fast-paced dialogue, plethora of pop culture references, and ability to make us laugh as well as cry.

However, above all else, it was heralded as one of the most ballsy and feminist shows on television.

So you can understand why the show’s creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is so bewildered by fans’ response to Gilmore Girls: A Day In The Life.

After learning that viewers have been busy obsessing over whether or not Rory and Dean (Jared Padalecki) would get together, the writer admitted that she has begun to despair.

“It’s a small part of who Rory is. Rory didn’t spend her days thinking, ‘Who am I going to end up with?’ Rory was much more concerned about ‘How do I get that interview at the New York Times?’” she told TIME magazine.

Sherman-Palladino went on to emphasise that, while people love romance, it’s important to remember that this was never the core message of the show; in fact, the love interests were simply there to “feed stories about Lorelai and Rory”.

“That was the core of everything,” she said. “Lorelai’s relationships, Rory’s relationships were a way for us to explore the mother-daughter relationship.”

Yep, a few of us are guilty of falling into this trap: after all, how many of us obsessed over the fact that the new trailer seemingly shows that Lorelai’s relationship with Luke (Scott Patterson) is on the rocks?

When the Gilmore Girls first started in 2000, it was one of the only shows that centred on a non-conventional family dynamic; Lorelai had given birth to Rory when she was a teenager.

Despite pleas from her parents, she refused to marry the father of her baby, insisting that she shouldn’t be forced into wedlock against her will. And, when she found herself in labour, she left a note for her parents, drove herself to hospital and welcomed Rory into the world.

She later ran away to Stars Hollow in Connecticut, where she forged her own life – returning to business school, securing a senior role at a hotel, instilling a love for learning upon her daughter, and raising her to be as much of a badass as her mum.


Rory grew up as the champion for smart women everywhere; she went to Yale, cited Hillary Clinton as her inspiration, and became determined to become an award-winning journalist .

So, when Logan (Matt Czuchry) proposed to her, it came as no surprise when she said no. Instead, she chose to continue to follow her dreams, and set off for Washington D.C. to work for (wait for it) actual President Barack Obama.

So why are we all asking about Rory’s love life again?

Sherman-Palladino said: “I don’t see people debating ‘What newspaper is Rory’s working for?’ ‘Did she win a Pulitzer yet?’” she said.

“It’s all about Dean and Jess. Dean was 16 years old when they dated. Everybody should go back and think about their boyfriend at 16 and then reevaluate whether that should be the focus of the conversation.”

Hear hear.

Images: Netflix


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.