Why the 'Gilmore Girls' Fandom Lives On
Art could imitate life, but why would we want it to? Life is missed opportunities, witty rejoinders left unsaid, jobs and homes and boyfriends lost to the sands of time. "Write what you know," goes the saying, but maybe there's something better than what you've actually lived?
Or perhaps there’s a tightly defined fictional universe you know so well it becomes an extension of your life, as is the case with Kevin Porter, co-host and co-founder of “Gilmore Guys,” a podcast devoted to the intimate minutiae of “Gilmore Girls,” a critically acclaimed and beloved show that ran from 2000 to 2007 on the WB (now CW). Together with Demi Adejuyigbe, Porter’s friend and colleague, the two titular “guys” lovingly and painstakingly examine a television show that often resembled the lives of its viewers, with a few key improvements.
“Gilmore Girls” followed Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, a mother and daughter living in a fictional Connecticut town called Stars Hollow: They talked fast, loved a good pop-culture reference and had a powerful addiction to caffeine. At the height of the show’s popularity, more than five million viewers tuned in to watch them navigate work, school, romance and life in a small town...