Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Gilmore Girls Blog Tour for Talking As Fast As I Can by Laura Graham

I'm a recent fangirl of the TV show Gilmore Girls so was delighted to see that Lauren has written about her experiences playing Lorelai in the show. I will be reviewing the book soon, but today's a special tour where I've been asked to share my favourite Lorelai moments with you! I don't know the series or episodes these are from, they are just what I remember the most. I've seen all the episodes, including the newly released season 8 specials. 

This is a good family show, with lots of laughs, focusing on Lorelai's life in town with her daughter Rory, her previously estranged parents, and her friends. It gets a bit gloomier in later series as the life events get more serious but there are still plenty of laughs. I love Lorelai because she's funny, she gets on so well with her daughter Rory, she loves baiting the guy who seems in charge of the town (Taylor) but I don't think he is necessarily the official mayor person. Lorelai is kind hearted, strong willed, and has her weak moments too. They are rare, but those she loves and who love her rally round to support her. 

When I first started watching the show I thought Rory would be my favourite character (sorry Lorelai, you are in the favourites). However, as she grew up and made life choices which I didn't like, I found myself adoring Lane, Rory's best friend. Lane hides her music loving self from her strict Christian Korean mother, and grows up so much partially from having Lorelai as a second mother figure giving sound advice, and Rory supporting her. Right, after that brief introduction to the show here are my favourite Lorelai moments.

How Lorelai treats Lane like a second daughter, not minding when Lane crashes in Rory's room (Rory is away) after embarrassing herself in band practice over a boy. Lane stays the night, and I think that Lorelai checks in on her just as she would Rory. 

When Lorelai and Rory always take food to the town meetings, despite not being allowed to. Another town meeting related incident is when Lorelai and Rory commentate on Luke reacting to Taylor about an event, I think it's the one where the town's history is reenacted and some men stand out all night to reenact what their forefathers did. 

The way Lorelai (mostly with Rory) likes to dissect movies as they play, rather than sitting quietly and chatting about it after. 

When Lorelai and Sukie were hysterically laughing about getting the worst seats when they went to see The Bangles because Lorelai was a super lovely mother and gave up the good seats to Rory and her new classmates in an attempt to help Rory fit in better (Paris was included in the trio). It's in this episode that later Lorelai is a force that finds the 2 girls whose names I can't remember ditched the concert for a party. Lorelai was fuming that they'd left her care, she did an impressive door to door of the building, before busting the party, informing the party goers that the girls were underage, and she was mega tough on the miscreant girls as she marched them out including how excited she was to meet their parents. 

The time when Lorelai thinks she has successfully snuck out some food she didn't like in a napkin at her parents' house, but her mother says something as she leaves indicating she knew exactly what Lorelai was doing. 

I like when Lorelai stands up to her parents, and orders them to reconsider coming to Rory's party, because Rory really wanted them there even though they were not really on speaking terms with Lorelai (I think, can't quite remember all of the reason). 

Last but not least I love Lorelai for being Lorelai! 

Press release info
Talking As Fast As I Can From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and everything in between) by Lauren Graham (who plays Lorelai)
Published 6th December 2016 | £16.99 | Hardback

From the star of the much-loved television shows Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, and the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Someday, Someday, Maybe, comes a collection of candid and hilarious essays.

In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout.”).

In “What It Was Like, Part One,” for the first time Graham settles in for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay “What It Was Like, Part Two” reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later, and what doing so meant to her.

Some more things you will learn about Lauren: She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres, she’s aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls (“If you’re meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you’ve already set the bar too high.”), and she’s a card-carrying REI shopper (“My bungee cords now earn points!).[Nayu: I didn't know what REI was so I googled it, it's an online outdoors activity shop]
Complete with black-and-white photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.

About the Author

Lauren Graham is an actress best known for her roles on the critically acclaimed series Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Someday, Someday, Maybe. Graham has performed on Broadway and appeared in such films as Bad Santa, Evan Almighty, and Because I Said So. She holds a BA in English from Barnard College and an MFA in acting from Southern Methodist University. She lives in New York and Los Angeles. @thelaurengraham 

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