List Challenge: The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

I was a die-hard Gilmore Girls fan back when it was on TV. I’ve rewatched the series several times and am excitedly awaiting the release of the the new episodes on Netflix.

There were many reasons I liked Gilmore Girls, and one of those reasons was that Rory loved to read. She would throw out literary references faster than I could catch them. I never kept track of the references, but thankfully, someone else did.

I present to you: The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge! (Also, see below for this embedded list.)

According to the list challenge, throughout the entire seven seasons,”Rory Gilmore was seen reading 339 books on screen.” Some of the comments on the list challenge beg to differ. Some commenters mentioned that some books were only mentioned, not read. Others mentioned that only other characters read the books mentioned and not Rory. Another commenter disagreed with The Divine Comedy  and Dante’s Inferno  being listed separately because one is a part of the other [I happen to agree!]

I delved a little further and found Buzzfeed wrote a list as well, titled, “All 339 Books Referenced in ‘Gilmore Girls'”. There are also a number of lists on GoodReads as well with different book totals. One cited 355, while others separate the books out by season. There is even a Richard Gilmore book list.

I found another post that lists 338 book references. This blog post even references a  Wiki article that lists all references in each episode and a link to the Rory Gilmore Book Club on GoodReads.

So many books, not enough time! Speaking of time, it’s time to get reading.

Oh, in case you were wondering, I’ve only read 40 of the 339 books. How many have you read?


Where do I start?  The story is rather confusing, illogical, and well…creepy.  The majority of the book is from the point of view of this guy named Gregor.  He’s a normal, average, boring  generic guy who just happens to wake up one day transformed into a bug – specifically a cockroach.  The “why” and the “how” are apparently not important to Kafka, though to me they are a big deal.  Perhaps in the journalist in me that needs the “who, what, where, when, why, and how” of an event.

Nevertheless, Gregor is now a giant cockroach.  And his family proceeds to freak out.  I would too if I knocked on my brother’s door wondering why he didn’t get up at his usual time, only to find a giant cockroach in his room instead of him.  Interestingly enough, his sister (and family) seem to known Gregor’s mind is still there and proceed to take care of him by feeding him rotting food and cleaning his room.  Of course they can’t stand to look at him so Gregor hides under the couch when his mother or sister comes around.

Gregor the Cockroach attempts to communicate that he desires to keep a picture by plastering his cockroach body onto a picture.  Mother screams and they decide not to remove Gregor’s furniture from his room.  This whole time we hear the inner dialogue of Gregor who sounds depressed about his new life as a cockroach.  The family begins to have more money trouble since their source of income was Gregor’s job and well…he currently unavailable to work.  They rent some rooms out to boarders who essentially boss the family around and then demand to have the cockroach destroyed.

Gregor’s sister finally gives up on her brother.  Little does she know he was saving to send her to a university the following year.  His parents give up on him ever returning to a human form.  And in such a sad state of despair, Gregor the cockroach dies.

And then the family moves out of the apartment and begin to live a happier life now that Gregor is dead.

Yeah – told you it was illogical and creepy.  There are parallels to Gregor’s life and the life of a cockroach.  Both are unwanted creatures at the bottom of the food chain who lead rather dull and boring lives.  My biggest criticism of this book is that I just don’t understand the point Kafka was trying to make.  We all could wake up and find ourselves transformed into cockroaches?  Our families are better off without us?  Humans are so insignificant in the grand scheme of things which is comparable to cockroaches?

I’m also trying to figure out why this is a “classic”.  What lessons are to be learned that makes this worth reading generation after generation?  In my English class, this was the last book we read and my least favorite.  I finished thinking “that’s it?”  I would have enjoyed a more in-depth novel of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but there was a distinct plot that was explored.  In Metamorphosis, I see none.

Help me out…am I missing something?