What: The Gilmore Girls Companion paperback
How much: $22 including shipping (U.S. only, sadly)
Why should I care: That’s $12.95 off the list price/ $7.89 off the Amazon price and includes shipping!
How do I get it:
1. Email me your name and postal address.
2. I’ll email you back a PayPal address to send your payment to.
3. Once I receive your payment I’ll pop a copy in the mail to you.
What’s the Catch: I only have a very limited number of copies to sell at this price; once they’re gone that’s it, I’m afraid.
Can you tell me more about the book? Here’s a bit of background.
Who IS this? The fellow who wrote it 🙂
Fine print: Gilmore Girls is more than just a TV show; it’s a way of life and of looking at the world, with its own parables, mantras, mythology, and promised land. If you dislike Gilmore Girls, please realize you are WAY in the minority here and hopelessly outnumbered by many, many people from many countries all hyped-up on Luke’s coffee. You do not want to tick them off.
Nearly five years after it was first published (yikes – has it been that long?!), The Gilmore Girls Companion is now available in two new formats: hardback and on the Amazon Kindle. I’m really excited about this for two reasons.
Kindle Edition: Just $9.95 – no Shipping! (No Kidding 😉
First and most importantly, it finally gives Gilmore fans outside the United States (and there are MANY) a cost-effective way of reading the book. It never sat well with me that international fans had to pay such high shipping costs for it. At $9.95 I think we’ve finally found the right price for them, as well as for those who absorb everything through their electronic devices these days. Two things about this:
- With the Kindle iOS app, you can also read the book on your iPhone or iPad, too.
- You can download the first 28 pages for free, which will give you a pretty good idea of what to expect, as well as the ability to read Edward Herrmann‘s very moving foreword at the beginning.
(That said, gang, PLEASE let me know if you all encounter any problems accessing the Kindle edition where you are.)
Second, for someone who grew up loving books as I did, it’s just a great feeling to see one of my own get the hardcover treatment. It also gave me the opportunity to fix a couple of problems with the original text (including that @$#! problem on pp. 451-452 that drives me bonkers to this very day). And rest assured, the book’s cover isn’t the fluorescent yellow depicted on Amazon for some reason, though it isn’t the exact shade of the paperback, either – weird.
Anyway, thank you so much for all your support over the years. Without you there would be no book – no question.
Not sure when this actually began shipping, but there is now a hardcover version of the book. (It’s a lot more…mustard than the paperback if this photo is anything to go by.)
Among other things it contains a few paragraphs that were missing from the first edition (one of my most embarrassing mistakes), and a correction to a piece of history I would’ve known on any other day (scratch that – THAT was my most embarrassing moment). The hardcover is going for about $10 more than the paperback on Amazon.
I know my publisher would love for me to try to hard sell you all – “just in time for the holidays, gang!” But anyone who’s followed the creation of this book knows that I just want to talk Gilmore. If you want to read the inside story of how Gilmore Girls was produced based on more than 40 interviews, it’s all here. But whether or not you get the book, if you still love a little place called Stars Hollow, you’re A-OK with me 🙂
Cheers to Stacey who runs the bibliophile’s dream known as PrettyBooks for her generous review of The Gilmore Girls Companion. She’s been a supporter of the project for a long time — thank you so much, Stacey!
“When I first found out about The Gilmore Girls Companion, elation quickly turned to devastation when I realised that it couldn’t yet be bought in the United Kingdom. Four long months later, I received it as a birthday gift and eagerly began reading about a world I knew well and loved dearly.
Although unauthorised, The Gilmore Girls Companion should not be perceived as a money-making scheme created to exploit the Gilmore Girls’ large fanbase, but a well thought out project headed by A.S. Berman. The book is clearly written by a passionate fan and is detailed, well researched and informative. Berman must be the most knowledgeable person on the TV show on Earth, aside from the creators….”
Congratulations to Hibes for winning a copy of The Gilmore Girls Companion in GilmoreNews.com’s “Share Your Memories” contest.
My thanks to everybody who entered, and to Arieanna over at GilmoreNews.com for hosting this competition.
Rest assured that there will be other opportunities to win a copy of the book coming up real soon.
I’m sure I mentioned something about this, however cryptically. Now Arieanna over at GilmoreNews.com has launched the first Gilmore Girls Companion giveaway contest.
To enter, simply click on the link above, and leave your answer to the question: What is your most memorable Gilmore Girls watching experience?
Good luck, everybody!
Rather than dipping into the unpublished bits from The Gilmore Girls Companion for today’s GilmoreNews.com discussion topic, I thought I’d concentrate on the subject of foreshadowing in Gilmore Girls that Arieanna brings up.
I think Amy Sherman-Palladino’s plotting of the series was so skillful that, unlike a lot of shows, her foreshadowing doesn’t hit you over the head, it sneaks up on you. And Arieanna’s question of “Was Dean Obsessive” is an excellent example of this.
Dean’s Obsessive Tendencies
While it’s hard not to love Dean, it’s also hard not to notice some obsessive tendencies he has early on. Though his following Rory around is kind of cute and puppy-love like, it also sets the stage for what is to come.
Building Rory a car is a grand gesture, and one in keeping with the intensity of young love. Yet the degree to which he is unable to understand where Rory is coming from when she can’t reciprocate his “I love you” results in a flash of anger that brings “Fatal Attraction” to mind.
He’s jealous of Tristin, he’s jealous of Jess (and rightly so in this instance), and his Rory obsession borders on a type of possessiveness that, though built on love, can be jarring at times. Think of the smug way he explains Lorelai and Rory’s little quirks to Max Medina (2.3): “Never get into a heavy discussion late at night ‘cause that’s when they’re at their crankiest…” He rattles these facts off like baseball stats; nowhere in his conversation is there a hint that he understands that at the end of the day, EVERYBODY is at their crankiest.
Even during his bachelor party, a drunken Dean is obsessing over Rory, muttering his dedication to her to a bemused Luke.
When he sleeps with, then tries to date, Rory as a married man, we can’t really be all that surprised.
Dean and Donna Reed
Perhaps one of the cleverest bits of Dean foreshadowing has to do with his championing of the Donna Reed ideal (1.14). He’s grown up with a mother who was happy to be a homemaker, and who still cooks when she’s off from work — it just seems “nice,” he tells Rory defensively, setting off a temporary tiff between them.
However, once he marries Lindsay, he gets the whole Donna Reed lifestyle, where he works all day and Lindsay and her mother do the cooking and clean up afterward. “Lindsay and her mom kind of like me out of the way when they’re cleaning up,” he admits when Luke finds him spending a lot of time at Joe’s Game Gallery (4.15). He married “Donna Reed,” only to discover that what he really wanted was Rory, in all her can’t-cook goodness. (To be fair, he knew that was who he wanted; she dumped him for Jess.)
The interesting thing is that there’s volumes of foreshadowing to be found in every major character on Gilmore, and more interesting still, pairs of characters. Luke & Dean, anyone?