Why a Book About Gilmore Girls?
It’s a question I’ve been asked a few times since starting this project, and certainly there is more than one answer:
- Gilmore Girls is a groundbreaking show that remains an important cultural experience for many fans around the world
- The story of the making of this series has never before been explored in any serious detail
- If the author hadn’t started this project, he would most likely drive away his friends and loved ones with his constant need to discuss the series
However, there’s another reason that was the real clincher for me.
Several months before I started work on The Gilmore Girls Companion, I’d begun conducting interviews for another behind-the-scenes book, this one about the classic American sitcom Soap (which also will be forthcoming next year).
I had the good fortune to speak in depth with such acting greats as Katherine Helmond (Jessica), Robert Mandan (Chester), Robert Guillaume (Benson), Jay Johnson (Chuck and “Bob”) and so many others, as well as the show’s creator, Susan Harris. As strong as each person’s memories of this series were, as sparkling as their anecdotes about the making of this pivotal series were, there were still many details that the passage of 30 years had simply erased. Unfortunately, the years had seen the deaths of several members of the cast as well, forever concealing those memories from us all.
After a few months of these interviews, I realized that I, at least, wanted to know what went on behind the scenes in Stars Hollow, what the actors thought of their experiences there, and how so many different people in front of and behind the camera came together to create such an important part of our culture. And I had a feeling that I wasn’t alone in this.
Certainly there are many who believe that television is nothing more than frivolous entertainment, and that there are far more deserving subjects of documentation. But if you’ve smiled at the memory of a funny line from Gilmore Girls months after watching it, used a scene from it to illustrate a point in a discussion, or felt like an idiot for tearing up at a sad moment from the show, yet savored that moment, too, you know that these things DO matter. And you will understand why I had to write this book.