Scholar of the Month: Rory Gilmore

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Since I decided to make February “Fall in Love with Reading Month” on The Constant Scholar, it was very important to me to choose just the right person for Scholar of the Month. But of course, when I put it like that, it was completely obvious who I had to choose: Rory Gilmore. Who in pop culture has ever loved books more than the Nerd Girl’s Holy Trinity (Hermione, Rory, and Belle)?

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Gilmore Girls premiered in October of 2000, when I was only in 4th grade, and I vividly remember getting my hands on a copy of Girl’s Life magazine with Alexis Bledel on the cover. This was before the Harry Potter movies had premiered, and I had never seen a non-animated character who was so in love with reading and learning. Naturally, I wasn’t the only one who felt this way, and a whole new generation of girls was born. As the series progressed of course, Rory’s character became more complicated and problematic than her love of books, I admit, but that love of learning never really goes away. If you doubt it, just remember this video that was released in advance of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

Rory wasn’t afraid to read anything she could get her hands on, from Baum’s Oz series to Anna Karenina. She didn’t let what other people saw as old, stuffy, difficult books change her vivid imagination of the characters and their stories. She soaked up all of the knowledge that her world had to offer, and it brought her to places like Chilton and Yale, not to mention some of the cool extracurricular programs that they hint at, like the one that brought her to Washington D.C. at the beginning of the 3rd season. (I’ve watched this show many times, ok? Don’t judge.)

If you don’t normally find the time to read a lot, take this month as an opportunity to channel your inner Rory and curl up with a good book and a coffee, and see where learning can take you.