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I was reading Lauren Graham's book Talking as Fast as I Can: from Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between), which didn't have nearly as much Gilmore Girls as the title implies. She talks (a lot) about how much she loved the rebooted show Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, which got me to thinking how much I really didn't and how that's affected my feelings about the main show. I tried to watch it again recently but just found it irritating.

I stumbled across the show on Netflix a couple of years ago, and for a while it was my go-to show when my partner was out. Then one day he caught the end of an episode and was interested enough to watch it with me. I'd binge it on weekends, loving the relationship between Lorelai and Rory, loving to hate the relationship between Lorelai and her parents, and rooting for Rory in her quest to get to Harvard.

When I got to A Year in the Life, I was never excited to get to the next episode and now I think I've figured out why. In the main series Rory was bright and energetic, and full of ambition to get to an Ivy League university. She fought for it, and Lorelai fought for it. In A Year in the Life she'd given up and was drifting, and it was like that whole "living in the pool house" thing except with no light at the end of the tunnel because the audience doesn't know what she wants any more.

Plus, I did not like who Rory turned into between the shows. She apparently didn't learn her lesson about cheating from her fling with now-married ex Dean in the original series, and was having an affair with Logan while both of them have other partners. I could maybe have accepted that had she not also had a boyfriend she kept literally forgetting about. Plus the way she behaved in the job interview. She'd basically turned into an arrogant piece of crap with no regard for other people.

And that ending. While I get that Gilmore Girls was a show about mother-daughter relationships, Rory getting pregnant was never going to be be a happy ending for me. Not on top of the complete failure to do anything with her life. She had all the opportunities in the world, and Lorelai sacrificed so much to give them to her, and she just threw them all away.

There were other issues, like Luke and Lorelai apparently having a completely static relationship for nearly a decade, but Rory's complete personality change was the biggest for me.

There are rumours of a second revival. No word yet on if it's another mini-series or a full show (which seems more likely with a baby on the way). Either way, I'm not actually sure I want to watch it. Stars Hollow no longer has its shine.

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