Last week was a bit of a strange one for me (nothing big – I’m fine!) and I ended up not posting anything on the blog at all. I’d been meaning to do this Gilmore Girls book tag by Cynthia from Bingeing on Books, though, so that’s what I’m doing now! Some of you may know that I adore Gilmore Girls, so when I saw on Twitter that Cynthia had created a book tag for it, I immediately knew I had to do it. It gives me an excuse to both use some of my favourite GG gifs and talk about some of my favourite books.
So, let’s do this! Are you excited?
(yes, I did only ask you that so I had a reason to use that gif)
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe but do still want to read it, you might want to skip this post (or at least be careful when reading it).
Rory and Lorelai – a book with an awesome mother/daughter relationship
I scrolled through my books on Goodreads and it took me ages to find a book with something even close to a good mother/daughter relatonship. The only two I could come up with at first were If I Stay by Gayle Foreman and Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. In one the mother is dead, and in the other she’s missing, so those didn’t seem like the right choices per se, which made me think about mother/daughter (or simply child/parent) relationships in books, particularly YA. You can expect a discussion post on this soon!
However, that doesn’t answer this question. Lorelai and Rory have an amazing relationship that is extremely rare, I think, so I couldn’t find a book with a relationship as great as theirs, but I came up with a good one in the end! Vianne Rocher and her daughter Anouk from Chocolat by Joanne Harris have a wonderful bond. The book (and its sequels) are amazing too!
Rory – favorite character who is a bookworm
I didn’t have to think very hard about this one – this is definitely Liesel Meminger from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I think Cynthia gave the same answer, but it’s just too perfect. She only has a few books, but she devours them again and again and loves them as much as Rory loves all of her books.
Paris – a character who is snarky and completely honest, almost to a fault
No one can compare to Paris when it comes to snarkiness and honesty (or anything else for that matter), but if any character comes close (from the books I’ve read at least), it’s Reagan from Fangirl. She’s Cath’s roommate, just as Paris is Rory’s, and while Cath and Reagan have a bit of a rough start, they become quite close in the end.
Lane – book with an awesome best friend
I’ve always liked Lane and Rory’s relationship, but I do sometimes wonder if it’s a very balanced one. Lane seems to depend on Rory as a friend much more than the other way around. I’m not sure if that’s an accurate view, so let me know if you disagree!
I recently read Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, and really liked the friendship between Beth and Jennifer, even though the reader only knows them through the emails they send back and forth.
Sookie – a character who makes you laugh
Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter books definitely qualifies for this one. I love him to bits, and while I don’t really laugh out loud all that often when I’m reading, I’m sure I’ve snorted tons of time while reading those books.
Lorelai and Luke – a book about best friends who fall in love
I find this one a bit tricky, because it’s difficult to keep the answer to this question spoiler-free. With a lot of potential couples in novels you kind of see from the start that they will end up together, but with best friends turned lovers it can sometimes be a bit more surprising, which is why I put the spoiler alert at the top of this post.
Yep, I chose Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz for this one. I really liked the relationship between Aristotle and Dante. In fact, that book is probably up there in my top 3 of favourite books (I’m counting all of the Harry Potter books as one in that case, just fyi).
Jess – most swoon worthy fictional boyfriend
Oh, Jess… What with the Gilmore Girls revival coming up, the debate about which of Rory’s three dudes should’ve ended up with her (if any) has flared up again, and I have to say, Jess will always be my favourite. The way he left her was terrible, but when he returned to the show in later seasons it was really clear that he had grown up. Personally, I think he’s perfect for her.
But I digress, again. For this one I’m g0ing to go with Levi from Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. I wanted to choose Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door at first, because I didn’t want to mention Fangirl twice in one list, but nope. It’s Levi all the way.
Lorelai – character who is super clever and quick witted
Even though I’ve watched every episode at least twice now, Lorelai never ceases to amaze me. The way her mind works and how she can talk on and on and still make (some) sense is amazing (I have the greatest respect for Lauren Graham for memorising all of those lines as well). Plus, she’s really intelligent, too.
As with Paris, no one can really compare to Lorelai, but I went for Cinder from Cinder by Marissa Meyer for this one. She doesn’t babble like Lorelai does, but she’s sarcastic, witty and clever, and I love it!
Logan – character who is a bad boy with that you can’t help but love
This one was another tough one. I’m not a big fan of bad boys, and I don’t think Logan really is a bad boy either (maybe at first, but not after that). But then I thought of Captain Carswell Thorne from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. He’s the perfect character for this category! Kind of a criminal (definitely a criminal) but very swoonworthy.
I had tons of fun doing this tag, and I tag everyone who loves Gilmore Girls and book tags!