I am a huge Gilmore Girls junkie. I've seen all seven seasons of the original series at least four times. The crazy antics of the Stars Hollow residents never gets old. So, when I heard Lauren Graham would be releasing a memoir of sorts to coincide with the revival series, I knew I had to buy it.
First things first, I must address the elephant in the room. Yes, I watched the revival episodes. Yes, I enjoyed them. And no, I didn't much care for them. To keep things short (because this is a book review not a Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life review), I think the show creators lost sight of who Rory and Lorelai are. Both women have histories of being slightly self-centered and immature, but never as a rule. They would slip up, do something narcissistic and self-serving, and then see the error of their ways. In these episodes, though, narcissism reigned supreme. Rory kept forgetting about her long time boyfriend (OF TWO YEARS!) and cheated on him several times just to kick him while he's down, I guess. She also kept whining about how no one would offer her a really great writing job after she'd written one well-received article for a magazine. Entitled, much? And Lorelai…ugh…even after being together for ten years, Lorelai still treated Luke as if he should fit into her life rather than building one together. She never questioned what he wanted or how he felt, and even their ending showed Luke being willing to bend over backwards, disregard his own dreams, and change himself in any way possible to please Lorelai. The writers basically took the gruff, no-nonsense Luke we'd all grown to love and neutered him on screen for the world to see. Don't even get me started on Lane…Lane deserved better, gosh darn it. Paris was okay as a personality, but I have some deep and probing questions for the writers about Paris's life choices. The only character who received a suitable ending was Emily Gilmore. She ended the episode looking empowered and emboldened, ready to take on life as a widow, and she had the truest portrayal throughout the series.
That went on longer than I planned, but I have a lot of feelings.
Now, to get to why I’m writing this. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham is a book of short essays covering, as the title suggests, "From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and everything in between)." We learn a bit about her early life, her college years, and how she ended up in acting. She shares funny stories about being single in Hollywood and all the no-name, stereotypical roles she took before catching her big break as Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls. Lauren Graham's humor shines through on every page, making it a light, easy read that anyone who has watched Gilmore Girls will enjoy.
However (and yes, sorry, there is a negative side to this review) the information she shared about Gilmore Girls could have been written by any schlub who'd seen the show. Basically, Lauren never watched her own show, so for this book, she went back and rewatched all of the episodes to jog her memory. Rather than talking about relationships between cast mates behind the scenes, which scenes were the most grueling to shoot, or even which of her on-screen boyfriends she most wanted to date, she talks about Lorelai's hair and clothing. She rewatched the episodes and then gave us information along the lines of, "Phew, look at that early 2000's fashion!" I mean…really? That's it? There was a bit of meat to the section about her first run on Gilmore Girls, but it was nothing like what I was expecting. And, to be honest, the section about the revival of Gilmore Girls wasn't much better. It had a few bits of cool information, but most readers are coming to this book as Gilmore Girls fanatics and they are being served up lukewarm information they'd more than likely already gathered from the cast interviews.
Overall, I enjoyed Talking as Fast as I Can. Lauren Graham is funny and insightful, and she has had the privilege of being on two very beloved television shows, so she talks a lot about landing those roles and what it was like playing the TV sister to her real-life boyfriend. However, if you buy this book hoping for shocking and scandalous secrets, then I'll warn you now that it simply won't deliver.