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Gilmore Girls' Anatomy

All the inspiration behind the series

Gilmore Girls' Anatomy All the inspiration behind the series

Here we go. The wait is finally over. There are only a few hours left to the event of the year. The election of the US new president? No, something bigger, capable of "breaking" the Internet, filling pages of articles, posts and comments: "A Year in the Life" aka the Super Final of Gilmore Girls.

Claimed loudly by many fans, Lorelai and Rory are back on Netflix for four 90-minute-long episodes (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall), that chronicles a year in their lives and in which we'll see again all the  characters we know and love, from friend-enemy Paris (Liza Weil) to chef Sookie (Melissa McCarthy), from the eccentric village factotum Kirk (Sean Gunn) to neighbour Babette (Sally Struthers), the only absentee will be  grandfather Richard, as actor Edward Herrmann died on December 31 of 2014.

Fifteen years after the airing of the first episode the series created by Amy Sherman with her husband Daniel Palladino is back, a show that entered the hearts of many for showing such a beautiful mother-daughter bond, an irresistible gallery of characters and explosive dialogues. The series of words fired at supersonic speed is one of the main features of the show, a mixture of unique humour, nonsense and an impressive amount of quotes and cultural references, from Oprah to Vincent Gallo, from Mia Farrow to George Michael, from the couple Angelina Jolie -Billy Bob Thornton to J.Lo.

The plot? Lorelai (Lauren Graham) got pregnant when she was 16, she left her family and moved to Stars Hollow, a fictional town in Connecticut, where she grows on her own her daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel), a shy teenager with a passion for literature. In this place, an idyllic embodiment of the American province, they live their lives, between the many cups of coffee consumed by Luke (Scott Paterson), Friday dinners at Gilmore's, Richard (Edward Herrmann) and Emily (Kelly Bishop), love affairs – that still live in the fans' hearts, especially those of Rory, that divide the web between "team Dean" (Jared Padalecki), "team Jess" (Milo Ventimiglia) and "team Logan" (Matt Czuchry).

If you have never seen an episode better hurry with an emergency binge watching!

FEEL LIKE: Julia Fullerton-Batten

When the fans of the series think of Gilmore Girls in relation with the word "art", the first thing coming to their mind is the episode dedicated to the "Festival of Living Art" in which Rory becomes the protagonist of the Parmigiano's painting "Portrait of a young girl, named Antea" and Lorelai of Renoir's masterpiece "The dance at Bougival", but there are also works of other artists who, having explored the mother-daughter relationship, well adhere to show's philosophy, such as Viktoria Sorochinski or Julia Fullerton-Batten.

Both belong to a younger generation of photographers capable of depicting the everyday, existential distress, nostalgia, family ties, loss, with a sense of the wonderful fairytale-like and large reflective depth, artistically expressed in contemporary form.

DRESS LIKE: Miuccia Prada wants

Gilmore Girls is not like The O.C. or Gossip Girl. It's a glamorous free series. In Stars Hollow, there's no space for wild parties or glittering robes.

The magic is in the unique and visceral relationship between a mother and a daughter, and in the joyful eccentricity of the people who inhabit their world. Rewatching the episodes now, fifteen years after the airing of the first episode, it is a journey through time, in the fashion of the first half of the 2000s, which makes us wonder, if only Miuccia Prada had been the costume designer for the show, instead of Brenda Maben... Maybe she would have transformed a simple shearling denim jacket (the real must, worn by Rory and also by Lorelay and Jesse) in a stylish item.

The truth, unfortunately, is that now those looks are just like some old photograph: they remember us of all the times we tried a new trend, thinking we were super cool, while we were just ridiculous. Lorelai alternates shorts, jeans and t-shirts with slogans such as "Yoga kills" or "Heavy metal rules", and shirts, pencil skirts and wrap dresses, often by Diane von Furstenberg.

Absolutely nothing memorable. Rory is a fresh-faced type, a student like many others, almost insignificant in the way she dresses: jeans, sweaters, sweatshirts, flat shoes, thin scarves, bags often too small and ugly to be really useful (except for the Hermès pink Birkin gift of the young Huntzberger).

But the girl reserves some surprises. She's just lovely wearing a retrò style as when preparing a dinner for the first boyfriend turns into a perfect 50s housewife with an apricot dress or when choosing 40s for the Stars Hollow Dance Marathon, or for a Second World War theme party.

 And what about the time when, greeting Logan who's leaving for England, she recreates in their apartment a small Swinging London pulling out of the closet a blonde wig and a red mini dress? Or do you remember her as Gogo Yubari in Pulp Fiction? Very cool.

THINK LIKE: Joan Didion

Rory Gilmore is a compulsive reader. It seems that during the seven seasons of the series she's read an impressive number of books that shifts between 339 and 354, so many that fans will compete to emulate her in an online challenge named "The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge". Some highlights? "Anna Karenina" by Lev Tolstoy, "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath, "It Takes a Village" by Hillary Rodham Clinton, "The Naked and the Dead" by Norman Mailer (guest star in season 6) or "I'm with the Band "of the popular groupie Pamela des Barres.

During a weekend in Martha's Vineyard with Logan, you see the girl reading "The Year of Magical Thinking" by Joan Didion, American writer and coolest living literary icon, beloved even by Lena Dunham, Patti Smith, Bret Easton Ellis, Annie Leibovitz and Anna Wintour. She embodies the perfect Gilmour spirit, an independent figure, talented, a bit rebellious, strong and fragile together, a girl who, even before Jackie Kennedy, invented the look with black oversized sunglasses, courted by the fashion world so much she has lately become the face of Céline’s campaign. If you do not know her, do not miss "Play it as it lays," but also the mourners "Blue nights" and "The Year of Magical Thinking" in which the author tells with surgical precision the pain of her husband's and of her daughter's death.

These reads sounds too intellectual to you? You can always exchange them with "Talking as fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between", evocative title written by Lauren Graham aka Lorelai Gilmore dropping in American bookstores Nov. 29.

SOUND LIKE: Carol King "Where you lead, I will follow" ft. Sonic Youth & Hep Alien

Music is one of the strengths of the series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who, from the beginning, wanted the show to have a strong musical identity, starting from the opening theme, a version of Carole King's "Where You Lead" recorded in 1971 with the daughter Louise, and the iconic "La La Las" by Sam Phillips used as a bridge between one scene and another.

If "Trix" Gilmore, Lorelai's grandmother, rents a house to the Korn, good tenants who took care of the house and planted some beautiful tulips, the tastes of her niece is closer to the 80s.

She loves XTC, Go-Go's, The Bangles, she calls the dog Paul Anka, and during an evening at the karaoke, sings a serenade to Luke performing Dolly Parton's "I Will always love you". Sitting alone in a cafe, Rory listens to "Know Your Onion!" by The Shins, admires the Sonic Youth (guest stars in episode 22 of the sixth season), Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand, Belle and Sebastian, but the real connoisseur, super passionate about music is her friend Lane.

Her CD storage system, hidden under the floorboards, away from the prying eyes of the rigid and religious mother, Mrs Kim, is fantastic. In this Korean little girl's veins pure rock and roll flows: her first kiss with Dave Rygalski (Adam Brody aka Seth Cohen on The OC) has "The Man Who Sold the World" by David Bowie as a soundtrack, she plays drums in Hep Alien with her future husband Zach and a long-haired man played by Sebastian Bach from Skid Row. Gilmore Girls is the true hipster tv series, having in the soundtrack LCD Soundsystem, Wilco, The Streets, Yo La Tengo, Adam Green, My Morning Jacket and more.

And what other cities besides Stars Hollow has an official troubadour (Grant Lee Phillips of Grant Lee Buffalo) with a playlist that includes songs like "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" by Wham! or the Beach Boys' hit "Be True to Your School to"? Or where else a snowman has the face of Björk? There's no place like Stars Hollow.

TASTE LIKE: coffee

LOVE LIKE: Mother-daughter relationship and the great dialogue

"My mother never gave me any idea that I couldn’t do whatever I wanted to do or be whomever I wanted to be.  She filled our house with love and fun and books and music, unflagging in her efforts to give me role models from Jane Austen to Eudora Welty to Patti Smith.  As she guided me through these incredible eighteen years, I don’t know if she ever realised that the person I most wanted to be was her."

The wonderful relationship of complicity between mother and daughter on which it is built Gilmore Girls is all in this speech. The kind of indissoluble bond many would like to have.