Each day in Advent I will be celebrating one of the TV heroines of 2016 -as let’s face it, it has been a pretty sucky year, and we could all use some female fictional icons to take our mind off Brexit, Trump, and the general doomsday vibe!

Why a heroine and not a hero? Well one of the reasons I am such a TV fanatic is that the genre seems to be far more ‘equal-opportunities than it’s film relation. No longer are the fairer sex subjected to the role of love interest or sister – they are now allowed to be rulers, protagonists, and saviours of mankind. This is both forward-thinking and inspiring, as, let’s face it, a story with twice as many complex characters is twice as interesting!

12th December

Heroine: Paris Geller

A firm fan-favourite of the Gilmore Girls saga, Paris transformed from bullying mean girl to crazed yet lovable friend in just 7 short seasons, returning in ‘A Year in the Life’ to remind us all that yes, she runs the world, as is still as fabulous as she was nine years ago.  Paris is unashamed of her ambition and drive, and with Rory’s friendship and encouragements blossoms into a girl as beloved as she is brilliant.

Top Paris moments up to 2016

1.Paris in 2016

2.Paris is televised

3.Paris the Editor




Each day in Advent I will be celebrating one of the TV heroines of 2016 -as let’s face it, it has been a pretty sucky year, and we could all use some female fictional icons to take our mind off Brexit, Trump, and the general doomsday vibe!

Why a heroine and not a hero? Well one of the reasons I am such a TV fanatic is that the genre seems to be far more ‘equal-opportunities than it’s film relation. No longer are the fairer sex subjected to the role of love interest or sister – they are now allowed to be rulers, protagonists, and saviours of mankind. This is both forward-thinking and inspiring, as, let’s face it, a story with twice as many complex characters is twice as interesting!
5th December

Heroine: Emily Gilmore

People often assume the ‘Gilmore Girls’ are a duo – Lorelai and Rory, the ultimate mother daughter team. Yet As the seasons progressed Emily Gilmore role in the series became greater, and it became clear that the title referred not to a pair, but a trio of Gilmore Girls.

It has perhaps then unsurprising that when the long awaited revival hit Netflix it was Emily’s story that proved one of the most compelling. A widow reforging her place in the world, forsaking the bedrocks of her previous existence such as the DAR in favour of new intimacies. Shelving memories and upping sticks, Emily Gilmore sheds her skin and is reborn, whereupon her inner Lorelai(which we had but glimpsed before) is allowed to shine through. How wonderful for a TV show to tell the story of an older woman with such heart, spirit and sensitivity. Are you listening TV Gods? Learn from this!

Since ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ was only released last month few examples of Emily’s latest genius have made their way onto the net, so here are Emily’s best moment of 2016 and best examples of prior brilliance

1.Emily learns a new word

2.Emily has Rory’s back

3.Emily wants to go first


It is now less than a week until be finally return to Stars Hollow to catch up with Lorelei, Rory and the gang *insert excited squeal here*. It seems like only yesterday that we were visiting Kim’s Antiques, the dragonfly and, of course, Luke’s Diner, in fact the first episode premiered 16 years ago (boy do i feel old right now). The show still feels current because it was so ahead of it’s time, particularly in it’s representations of women. Rather than portraying the fairer sex as tokenistic eye candy, Gilmore Girls delved deep into female friendships, providing us with loveable, quirky, brainy and barmy role models aplenty. To celebrate it’s imminent return (6 days and counting) here are the show’s top 5 female role models, and the many examples of their brilliance. Once a Gilmore girl, always a Gilmore girl.



The obvious starting point. Lorelei chose single parenthood over a parent-planned unhappy marriage- even more unusual in 2000! Not only did she fly in the face of her parents wishes to ensure the happiness of both herself an her child, but she knew that marriage wasn’t always happier ever after at 16 years old. I do was not going to solve all her problems, for her or the teen-aged Christopher.

Lorelei then raised Rory to value brains over beauty, so while the other girls talked lipgloss she was focused on literature. The only reason she asks her wealthy parents for money is for her kid’s schooling. She self sufficient and independent, but willing to break her own rules for the sake of her child. She braves her worst dears (her parents and their constant disapproval) for her little girl.

She places immense value on female friendship. She supports Sookie through marriage, kids and the start of their business. Miss Patty and Babette are constant presences in her life, and when Lane and Mrs Kim fall out, it is Lorelei who bridges the gap.

She refuses to settle for ordinary – marrying Max/Christopher isn’t enough. she wants true love. Managing someone else’s business is not enough, she creates the dragonfly. Inherited wealth is not enough – she makes her own way in the world.

Quote Her: ’In the movie, only boy hobbits travel to Mount Doom, but that’s only because the girls went to do something even more dangerous’



Unlike her contemporaries Rory shunts glittery eyeshadow in favour of Charles Dickens and Tolstoy. She befriends her bully – understanding that Paris’ cruelty is rooted in insecurity. Even as a teenager she can see the best in people: Paris isn’t just obnoxious, she is passionate. Her grandparents aren’t just snobs, they are traditionalists who (despite appearances) value family and have a great capacity to love.

Rory bridges the gap between her mum and her grandparents, and cites her mum as her royal model at graduation. She makes mistakes, sure (who can forget ‘he took the ring off!’) but she fixes them.

She has not one but two best friends (Lane and Paris) and never gives up on them,though fall-outs are never glossed over.

Though a serial girlfriend Rory is hardly a pushover. She calls out Dean on his lack of ambition,

calls out Jess for being a jerk and calls out Logan for his jock antics. And lets not forget she turned down Logan’s rather premature proposal in favour of following the future President Obama on his campaign trail.

Quote her: “Who cares if I’m pretty if I fail my finals?”



Lane defies convention in every sense. She refuses to been the stereotypical good-girl Korean her mum wants her to be in favour of drum kits, rock and roll and junk food. upon obtaining freedom she shuns the sex drugs rock and roll lifestyle that traditional comes free with the music, shocking herself by insisting on no sex before marriage, then becoming a young mum whilst still being the coolest girl in stars hollow.

No matter how off the rails Rory goes (affairs with married exes, stealing a boat, dropping out of Yale) Lane is always there for her best friend, and follows her passions, beliefs and dreams no matter the opposition

“eternal damnation is what I’m risking for my rock and roll’



Paris has a crazy home-life but still manages to rule her school with an iron fist. She bullied Rory as a pre-emptive strike, then softens when faced with true friendship.

Paris is a female leader in a man’s world. The editor of her high school paper and the Yale Daily news, capable of bouncing back from disappointments (e.g.: the Harvard rejection) and unafraid to be tough and ballsy.

Paris often faces ridicule, but she can conquer the world, and she know it.

Quote Her: “Of course. We’re girls, so we must be fighting over a boy. You sexist, white-haired …”



Sookie is unconventionally gorgeous. Sure she is overweight, but she is also beautiful and stylish. Best of all her weigh is never mentioned – because she is more than her clothes size. Jackson is besotted with her, and an old culinary chum cites her as the one that got away.

As well as always being there for Lorelei with home cooking and a shoulder to cry on, Sookie co-runs the dragonfly while parenting two small kids. A culinary wizard who admits her lack of maternal feeling before taking to parenthood with aplomb.

She also tells Jackson to get the snip whilst still on her birthing bed – and yes he doesn’t go through with her wishes, but she demands ownership of her own body and future, even after pushing a tiny person into the world she fights for her rights.

Jackson: I think we should get married.
Sookie: What?
Jackson: I think we should get married.
Sookie: But uh…
Jackson: Soon.
Sookie: Are you pregnant?

Where they lead we will follow, fighting the patriarchy one coffee at a time.


1. You have started to play eat-along-a-gilmore whenever you watch the show, meaning calorie consumption sky rockets whenever you enter Stars Hollow.


2. You could write a thesis on who Rory is SUPPOSED to end up with, Team Logan for the win. In Omnia Paratus!


3. You have renamed your local haunt Luke’s. It was a joke at first. But now you can’t remember what its real name is.


4. You punctuate romantic moments with the phrase ‘would you just stand still’. You are also seriously thinking of gifting your other half a baseball cap. Just because.


5. Your talking speed has increased by a couple of hundred words a minute. You should probably come with your own subtitles.


6. You have developed a renewed fondness for rhinestones and nineties make up. Tie-die tops and ripped jeans are also suddenly looking more attractive


7. If friends see you without a cup of coffee in your hand, they get scared. I mean, are you ok? You sure? Let’s go to Starbucks, yeah?


8. You always have a book in your handbag. Sure Rory makes some questionable choices (remember ‘he took the ring off’ ) but her book choices were on point.


9.You find yourself weirdly invested in the cast’s post Gilmore careers. Did you know Rory’s arty pal Lucy is now Jessica Jones? And that Logan changed his name to Cary and is practicing law in The Good Wife? Of course you know.


10. You know all the words to the theme tune, and have been known to break into song on an autumnal day, at a friday night dinner, or when you spot a pop tart.


11. You were so excited when Melissa McCarthy agreed to appear in the reboot that you forgot to breathe for a minute. It’s not Stars Hollow without Sookie!


12. It’s not very politically correct, but you have seriously considered placing a personal ad for a Korean friend. No one is as cool as Lane.


13. You are counting down the days until November 25th. Until then? Netflix binge. After all, Rory always revises…



There is a magical place in America (no it’s not Disneyland) which I would be more than willing to emigrate to. A little quaint town in deepest darkest Connecticut, with the enchanting name of Stars Hollow.

You haven’t heard of it? Shame on you!

shocked gilmore


It is the home of the rocking-est band known to you and I as ‘Hep Alien’, the locale of the gorgeous Dragonfly Inn, and last but not least, residence of the famous mother and daughter combo Lorelai and Rory, also known as ‘The Gilmore Girls’


Yes I do realise it is a TV show and thus a fictional location


But before I cry myself to sleep over non existence of Luke’s Diner and Sookie’s gourmet cuisine…

rory crying

…or indeed before you call for the men in white coats- I would like to explain my impossible dream to reside with the girls of Gilmore

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No other town is as festive and community spirited as this one. Hell they even invented a summer festival to fill the gap in their calendar! Thanksgiving requires four meals as well as chocolate or deep fried Turkey, dance marathons are a yearly event, and you can’t walk for pumpkins on Halloween


Stars Hollow also has a magical substance in the air which allows one to eat ALL the candy and pizza you want, yet still maintain a waif like figure. People have speculated this pleasing phenomenon has something to do with the air quality, but whatever the reason it workspizza

The only drug allowed in Stars Hollow is caffeine, but it is a compulsory narcotic, and only the coffee-fueled are truly accepted


It is culturally the equivalent of cities such as Rome or Paris, boasting regular melodrama within old-fashioned an extremely argumentative town meetings, as well as some very questionable ballet and performance art.


This is a town that cares about it’s fellow man. Broken up? The town with divide it’s sympathies and signify their allegiances through the wearing of ribbons. Wedding? Take over the town square, no problem. New romance? The viability must be debated

town meeting

As well as all this there is a beautiful lake you can push brooding teenagers into when they annoy you

luke jess

So, you see, Stars Hollow may be fictional, but I am far to far gone to care. In the words of my heroes- Hockey-puck, rattlesnake, monkey monkey underpants’tumblr_n5x5k2TlhC1qcwyxho1_500