When the making of "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" was announced many moons ago, we knew immediately that we'd be in for some gloriously pedantic book references from Stars Hollow's favorite bookworms, Rory Gilmore and Jess Mariano. After all, some top-shelf literature has come out since Season 7 wrapped in 2007, and some of it had to make it on their bookshelves.
With the revival's premiere on Friday (November 25), we finally got some long-awaited answers. Surprisingly, their literary references were fewer than expected, especially given A) Jess still owns a publishing house and B) Rory spends a lot of time on planes these days, apparently, where you'd *think* she would be reading.
Here are the 13 books and authors that do earn a revival reference:
This creative nonfiction guru earned an early reference from Rory, when she told Logan about her biography project and quipped, "It's not like I'm John McPhee." For his part, Logan, that smooth bastard, responded: "Not yet."
It's not hard to see why Rory would use McPhee as her measuring stick of success. He's written more than 100 pieces for The New Yorker since 1963 and has authored 28 books, all of which were based off his New Yorker pieces. Considering how much buzz Rory's Talk Of the Town piece generated (by no one more so than Luke, adorably), it comes as no surprise she'd aspire to McPhee's record.
"Consider the Lobster" by David Foster Wallace
Okay, so this one was slightly more the Condé Nast editors' doing than Rory's, but still. During her (painfully awkward) interview with them, Wallace's name was tossed up a few times, and one of his essays (above) was specifically referenced.
Based off the number of times his name was dropped in a 90-second span, it sure seemed like the Palladinos were trying to compensate for the egregious lack of Wallace references in previous seasons.
Often called the father of tragedy, Rory made fun of the way a British woman pronounced this ancient Greek writer and playwright's name in a conversation with Logan. And honestly, can you get more pedantic than that?
Rory and Jess enjoyed some nice, witty banter about the "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" author when Jess dropped by the Stars Hollow Gazette office. It was pretty spot-on (and flirtatious?) of Rory to issue Jess an Eggars comparison, actually. He's a staple of any fuckboy's bookshelf, after all.
"Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy
As Loreai flipped through Cheryl Strayed's 2012 memoir "Wild" while poolside, Rory opted for this *slightly* weightier summer read. Because of course she did.
"My Struggle" by Karl Ove Knausgaard
While he waited for Luke and Lorelai's wedding (which we're still geeking out over) to commence, Jess bade his time with a copy of this Norwegian writer's autobiographical six-part series, reviewed by The New York Times as "a movement." And it's no surprise Jess was so easily able to whip it out (not like that, guys, sheesh) — like Rory, he's known to pretty much always have a book upon his person, specifically in his back pocket. Happily, we saw in the revival that that hadn't changed.
Rory lamented to Lorelai that she accidentally "attacked" Collins, a journalist who's authored several books in addition to her New York Times writings, including "When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present."
"Matilda" by Roald Dahl
Alright, alright. Technically it was Logan, not Rory, who specifically mentioned this classic children's book. But it's not like Rory was unhappy upon hearing he'd purchased them tickets to the Broadway retelling.
"Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church" by the Boston Globe Investigative Staff
"A Song of Ice and Fire" series by George R. R. Martin
Doubtlessly, she's also watched the HBO series, but there's simply no way Rory hasn't read the books that inspired "Game of Thrones," too. Her mid-town hall meeting reference to White Walkers attested to her love for Martin's fantasy world, as did her order to be called Khaleesi by the young, sad boy who held her parasol by the pool.
Rory made the following jibe at one of her (two, elderly) Gazette reporters, in which she referenced the "Crazy Salad" author: "I don’t want to say you’ve been filing that same piece of paper for a long time, but when you started, Nora Ephron felt good about her neck."
"Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee
Lorelai joked that she expected to find a copy of Lee's notoriously ill-reviewed "To Kill a Mockingbird" prequel in Rory's bag. We suspect the littlest Gilmore (for now) would have confirmed its presence, if not for embarrassment.
"The Really Big One" by Kathryn Schulz
During an ill-fated job interview, Rory made a harried reference to, you guessed it, another stand-out piece by a stand-out The New Yorker writer. Oh, Gilmore. You'll get there one day — right?