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 🙂
Adore this photo given to me by someone who helped me out a great deal during the writing of “The Gilmore Girls Companion.” I thought I lost it shortly before we moved a few months back, but I recently found it again and thought I would share. Just one of those little touches that made “Gilmore Girls” so great.
Hi all. Just wanted to take a minute to tell you that Patty Malcolm, who was Lauren Graham’s stand-in for most of Gilmore Girls, finally has a Facebook Page up.
Those who’ve read The Gilmore Girls Companion already will know that not only was Patty’s role in the show very involved, but also that her story is one of the more intriguing ones from behind the scenes.
It’s not often that you have the opportunity to see an actor at the start of their career; it’s rarer still that you see them making the jump from stand-in to being a more traditional actor. I believe this Facebook page offers us a window into both. (There was a great deal that was going on in Patty’s career at the time that I was finishing up the book; I remember actually having to rewrite the end because of a career decision that she made.)
For those who are interested in how Hollywood really works and how exactly an actor makes it in “the business,” I would suggest “Liking” Patty’s page and following her progress; I can’t think of a better way to really understand how it all comes together.
Arieanna over at GilmoreNews.com discusses the significance that Lorelai places on Luke finally wearing the cap she bought him back in Season 1 in the episode 7.20 “Lorelai? Lorelai?” As noted in The Gilmore Girls Companion, it becomes to her a barometer for how she thinks he’s feeling toward her after their extremely awkward split.
Though this idea was really only touched upon in that Season 7 episode, it’s an example of a character detail the post-Amy & Dan contingent came up with on their own, and one that made perfect sense for the characters involved. (That said, the punch line — that Luke was only wearing the hat because he had misplaced the one he usually wears, was a tad too sitcom-like for Gilmore, I think.)
Though for many Season 7 will always be marred by the fact that the creator of the series was gone from the process, it nevertheless remains an interesting year of television, and one that I think people will come to better appreciate as time passes.
What do you think?
Hi all. Just wanted to say that my wife and I (and two @#!$! cats) moved cross country from North Carolina to Arizona several days ago, so things have been pretty crazy. Now that we’ve gotten a great deal unpacked and Internet access again, I’ll be returning to the land of the living (online, anyway).
Many thanks for your patience and your kind emails during this time. I’ve tried to answer them all in the various hotels we’ve stayed at when possible, but do hit me up again at asberman813 (at) gmail.com if I missed your message.
All the best,