Rory Gilmore turns out to be spoilt, selfish, and entitled as an adult in ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’. Who knew!
When ‘Gilmore Girls’ was first released nine years ago, viewers found the characters relatable. About a mother-daughter duo who share a wonderful and unconventionally intimate bond, the show stole the hearts of its viewers by giving them just the right combination of funny, sweet, and moving.
- In ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’, Rory Gilmore is spoilt and entitled
- Rory is a bad journalist, and also a bad person
- Was Rory always like that since the original series itself?
Lorelai was independent, witty, and strong. Her daughter Rory was the classic bookish nerd who loved to read and to study, was socially awkward, and preferred to keep to herself. The actors did a wonderful job with playing each character, and often it was also the narrative arc that gripped viewers, making them beg for more!
And more they got, in the form of the limited series revival released on Netflix in 2016, called ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’. According to the creator of the show, Amy Sherman-Palladino, the revival was meant to be a catch up with the three ‘Gilmore Girls’ – Lorelai, Rory, and Emily, Lorelai’s mother, through the course of a year.
But, in this series revival, the character of Rory Gilmore is spoilt, brash, and even inconsiderate, nothing of the inspiration we hoped she’d turn out to be at the end of the last season!
Rory: Spoilt Brat?
Let’s look at the basics. In ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’, Rory decides to return to Stars Hollow to become a freelance journalist. At the close of season 7, she was setting off to report on the Obama campaign. Now, Rory seems to be somehow sure that something is going to work out for her and her writing, without needing her to do any actual hard work. She doesn’t really write or make much honest effort.
When she sets out to interview a source, she thrusts the microphone in the person’s face without even conversing with the person first. Even worse, she falls asleep while interviewing a source! One would think it couldn’t get worse than that, but it actually does: at one point, she sleeps with her source. That’s simply very bad journalism skills, and completely unethical.
In the first episode itself, it is shown how she persistently forgets that she has a boyfriend, Paul, who actually happens to be quite kind and nice. Then, she has relations with a married man. She whines, seems surprised that she has to work at getting what she wants and where she wants to get in life and has no control over her impulses. She is entitled, and pretty much a spoilt brat.
But was Rory always like that?
This is not the Rory Gilmore we know, you’d say! Or is it?
That Rory Gilmore is spoilt may not be immediately apparent, but the workings arguably were always there. In ‘Gilmore Girls’, everybody seems to love Rory. She is bookish, sweet, and has a small circle of people who adore her. However, the most significant motivating factor in her life was always her own selfish desire.
If she wanted to do something, she did it with no consideration towards others. She avoids problems or talking to someone if it’s too hard. She has poor decision-making skills, which she doesn’t try to remedy either.
She has been indulged too much, praised more for her natural talent than for working hard. Which is why each time it is made known to her that she would require to make an effort to get something she wants, she almost always seems surprised.
Rory Gilmore, with her pretty blue eyes and sweet smile and all her dreams to become the next Christiane Amanpour and travel the world telling stories, is not much of an inspiration or even likeable in ‘A Year in the Life’. Instead, she comes across as a spoilt brat!