Hi there! I recently read Lauren Graham’s autobiography ‘Talking as Fast as I Can’ and I thought I’d post a quick review. I haven’t posted a review for ages, so sorry for the wait!
I don’t normally read memoirs, and non-fiction doesn’t usually interest me as much as an action-packed story. However, I am a massive fan of the show Gilmore Girls, and I think it is a show that I will re-watch throughout my life. As I was going through sixth form and into university, the experiences of Rory Gilmore reallly mirrored my own, and so when I saw a book written by the actor who plays Lorelai Gilmore in the show, I knew I had to give to a go.
‘Talking as Fast as I Can’ is about Lauren Graham’s life, covering a wide-range of topics, such as her acting career and rise to the top, as well as how she picked up writing fiction while on breaks from shooting. She gives some insight into the not-so-glamourous world of Hollywood, and gives her experience of working as a well-known actor, as well as how she balances all her many passions. I thought the way she spoke about balancing so many things was really inspiring, and certainly motivated me to try and cut down on procrastination!
Throughout the book, Lauren speaks about how she came to be an actor, and gives the reader a bit of info on her family life, and what it was like growing up with a somewhat unconventional family. She mentions acting jobs, from her role in the series ‘Parenthood,’ to starring in commercials. However, it is Gilmore Girls that she constantly returns to, giving the reader behind the scenes info on the actors, directors and writers. She goes into what the show meant to her, and how she felt when filming the reboot 10 years later. So while this was an autobiography about Lauren’s life, I guess it was just as much a biography about the show, and a memoir about her time filming it, which was what really interested me.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book! While it’s always interesting to read a book written by an actor whom you’ve come to love, it’s also fantastic to get some insight into one of your favourite TV shows.
I thought this book was written in such an honest way, and I loved the way that Lauren expressed her emotions when shooting the series, speaking about her sadness when ‘Gilmore Girls’ came to an end, and how heart-breaking it was to leave everyone for good after the reboot. It really sounded like the cast of Gilmore Girls wee one big family, and I loved how heartfelt everything Lauren said was, whether she was talking about the support from the writers of the show, or her personal relationship with Alexis Bledel.
The way Lauren described Hollywood, and her previous roles, was also really interesting. I like how she suggested that, before Gilmore Girls, she had only really played a stereotypical ‘Mom’ character, or a woman who has lots of relationships and is flirty and ditzy. With the character of Lorelai Gilmore, she kind of got to embody both these characters, as well as incorporating lots of much more interesting personality features.
I also liked the comedic tone of this book. While she often commented on her emotions while filming the show, and her various ups and downs in her acting career, Lauren also used a large dose of humour to make this book interesting and accessible, even for those (like me) that aren’t interested in pursuing acting. Her jokes and general humorous passages made the book what it was, and I thought she perfectly balanced serious writing about her experiences, with humorous anecdotes and pieces of gossip. Just like in ‘Gilmore Girls,’ there was a good balance of fun, banter and serious, sad moments.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I raced through it, despite not usually being as interested in non-fiction. I love the show Gilmore Girls so much, and all the little memories Lauren recounts in this book make me want to start the series all over again, even though I’ve just finished for the third time! While I wasn’t a massive fan of ‘A Year in the Life’, I thought Lauren’s thoughts and feelings on the reboot were really heartfelt, and it certainly made me see it in a new light.
Have you read this book, or any of Lauren’s fiction? Have you ever seen the series ‘Gilmore Girls’? What was your opinion of the reboot? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!
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