Gilmore Girls seems like it's only a show that explores the complex mother-daughter relationship, but if one watches closely, and listens, you can find a lot of references to old school rock, movies from the 1960's, classic literature, and more. Some can go over one's head if they're not paying attention. This is why I've started to list references and actually research them further, ones that are known to me and others that are not. This way I can better understand the context within the show, but also the complex humor that is created through various cultural references. It's a fun and interesting way to keep my mind active this summer away from school, and I'm wondering if it's just ridiculous, or absolutely genius.
This type of extensive listing and researching reminds me a bit of one of the last chapters in A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan, titled "Great Rock and Roll Pauses," which lists (thoroughly) the greatest Rock Pauses (in the eyes of a twelve year old girl). It's in the form of a PowerPoint, a very experimental fiction type of choice, which can be jarring at first, but the context and idea is rather interesting.
I find it just as interesting that this show can lead me on a wild goose chase after multiple references. I've been looking up writers, movies, and musicians, definitions, and famous figures. I've even gone as far as looking into psychology. I started watching a movie from 1962 that I've never seen before just to understand the reference to it, and I've listened to multiple songs by Guns N' Roses solely based on one reference to the wedding dress that Stephanie Seymour, ex-girlfriend of Axl Rose, wears in the music video of "November Rain." I've also looked into "gaslighting," " a form of emotional abuse or manipulation in which you twist another person’s sense of reality," and how it can be a sign of an emotionally abusive relationship.
Well, back to learning! Later~