Coffee At Luke’s: An Unauthorized Gilmore Girls Gabfest (edited) by Jennifer Cruise
Paperback: 197 Pages
Publisher:BenBella Books, Inc. (April 10, 2007)
ISBN – 13:9781933771175
Synopsis: In the fall of 2000, Gilmore Girls premiered on the WB and viewers were introduced to the quirky world of Stars Hollow and the Gilmores who had made it their home, mother-daughter best friends Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. With the show in its seventh season on the fledgling CW, Coffee at Luke’s is the perfect look at what has made the show such a clever, beloved part of the television landscape for so long.
What are the risks of having your mother be your best friend? How is Gilmore Girls anti-family, at least in the traditional sense? What’s a male viewer to do when he finds both mother and daughter attractive? And how is creator Amy Sherman-Palladino like Emily Gilmore? From the show’s class consciousness to the way the characters are shaped by the books they read, the music they listen to and the movies they watch, Coffee at Luke’s looks at the sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking underpinnings of smart viewer’s Tuesday night television staple, and takes them further into Stars Hollow than they’ve ever been before.
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Coffee at Luke’s is an anthology – or a gab fest – of a bunch of people talking about Gilmore Girls. The book covers and analyzes different topics pertaining to the show including; relationships, characters and different story lines. It is important to note that this book analyzes the show – it doesn’t add to it or summarize the show, so if you haven’t seen the show or don’t know the characters very well, it will be hard to understand. But, let’s be honest, only big fans of Gilmore Girls are going to read this book!
This is a great collection of articles – with some being better than others. There is literally something for every Gilmore Girls fan because of the broad range of topics that are covered. What I really enjoyed was that the articles provide a different perspective or view on things that happened in the show. For example, the chapter titled: “In Defence of Emily Gilmore” by Charlotte Fullerton analyzed the similarities between Emily and Lorelai Gilmore – something that wasn’t really covered or explored on the show.
However, my favourite part was not any of the articles themselves, but rather the “Coffee At Luke-isms”. This glossary at the back of the book contains explanations to terms and references used throughout the book – similar to the Gilmore Girl-isms booklets from the television show DVDs. This really helped with any references I didn’t know and also brought back memories to the Gilmore Girls DVDs sitting on my shelf and collecting dust since the show has been posted on Netflix!
Rating: 9/10 (for Gilmore Girls Fans) 0/10 (for non-Gilmore Girls fans)