Monday, 28 August 2017

Lauren Graham - Talking As Fast As I Can; A Book Review

Okay so fair disclaimer, there's a random picture in here because I'm an idiot - I read this on the plane to Portugal when we went a few weeks back, but as we were bringing a fair amount of makeup back and sharing one case between four people it didn't make the cut to come home, and I forgot to take a picture. Bad blogger award goes to me - but, the book review will still be relevant without the pictures, I promise.

I went through a stage a few years ago where all I seemed to read were the autobiographies of women that I found interesting, inspiring or generally cool. I read Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling... The list could go on far beyond female comedians (these were the only ones I had on my bookcase to recall in the long term); but the point is, I found myself really enjoying reading about the lives of women and how they got to the point where they are now. I was late on the bandwagon with Lauren Graham, partly because I was worried that Lauren Graham was so far from Lorelai Gilmore, a mother than I grew up with and loved, that it would ruin this idea that I had of her in my head. Nevertheless, a year or so late to the party, I picked the book up and used the time I spent sitting along on the plane to settle in and give it a fair go.

First of all I want to say that you probably want to have watched Gilmore Girls before reading this. It's not necessary, I'm sure you'll get by without having done so, but when reading it come clear that Lauren Graham's career and life is so rooted into playing Lorelai Gilmore, than you'll feel as though you've missed out on something great when reading if you're not familiar with what she's talking about (and actually if you haven't watched Gilmore Girls, you really have missed out). If you are a fan of the iconic show, you'll find yourself feeling like you got this special, behind the scenes look at something special - and in my case, reading Lauren Graham's feelings behind iconic scenes I used to watch on E4 before school is just something bizarre and amazing - Lauren is so like her character that it's like having Lorelai Gilmore comment on integral points of the show's history, and it's so different to things I've read in the past, that I have to admit I truly was suckered in.

I found the book an easy, yet charming read - Lauren Graham is fascinating to listen to, and that definitely translates to her writing; you feel as though you are truly part of the events that she's talking about within the book. With filming life on Gilmore Girls interspersed with snippets from her life both before, after and in between, it really feels as though Graham has poured her heart into the book - to the extent I cried about the death of Edward Herrman through her eyes on the plane (seriously, it was embarrassing for me, and for Katy who had to get up from her seat to comfort me). Lauren Graham has such a beautiful, frank way of talking that I personally couldn't help getting too involved in her story, and it made a 2 hours planer journey fly by (no pun intended).

The one thing that was so blatantly apparent for me when reading was how much of Lauren Graham is truly in Lorelei Gilmore, and how different the programme would have been without her. She speaks about Gilmore Girls like Lorelai was a period in her life and I suppose, in a way, she was - but the way she speaks about the cast like her true family is heartwarming, and the way she talks about her return to the revival is enough to have the stoniest of hearts breaking. I'd recommend the book purely for the way you finish it feeling as though you've read the life story of a friend; and writing like that really isn't easy to do.

If you've read the book, I'd love to know your thoughts!

Sammy xo.

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