Today we're joined by author A.J. Pine, whose book What If is just out, and is the second in her If Only series. What If's heroine has issues with her memory, while the hero can't help but remember what his parents want him to do, even as he tries to forget what he wants. A.J. is here talking about one of her pop culture references, the Gilmore Girls, and is listing just what made the show so fabulous. Thanks, A.J.!
**Spoiler Alert: This post may contain spoilers, squee-ing, fangirling, and swooning in response to all aired episodes of The Gilmore Girls.**
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a pop culture addict. It’s a part of who I am, and because of this, it’s a part of who my characters are too. Pop culture references I’ve made in books so far? Friends, Dead Poets Society, '90s Brit Pop songs, The Vampire Diaries, and in my NA romance What If,, I paralleled the love story with one from one of my favorite shows ever, Gilmore Girls. It’s always a risk infusing pop culture into a book because you want the relevance to be untouched by time. So in case you were worried that Gilmore Girls wouldn’t hold up against the years (I know…pshaw, right?), I’m here to ease your mind.
We read the books because we love the books! Of course this has to be the first reason. Rory Gilmore will always be the best example of a true bookworm. She even brings a book to her first dance with Dean. Be still my book-loving heart! Throughout the series, Rory is seen reading 339 books! HERE you can see how many of Rory’s books you’ve read. Or even better—take the Rory Gilmore reading challenge! And then there’s Jess (more on him later), who stole Rory’s book TO MAKE NOTES IN THE MARGIN.
[That's our kind of man...]