Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Gilmore Girls or From the Start with Melissa Tagg!

I am beyond stoked for today’s post. The fantabulous Melissa Tagg is here and if you know anything about her, she’s a huge fan of Gilmore Girls. So we’re going to play a few rounds of Would You Rather with her and she has to choose from Gilmore Girls or her newest novel, From the Start! Oh yeah, it’s a blast! PS, I'm over on her blog today sharing comparisons in relation to my newest novella, Just the Way You Are, so hop over ther next! CLICK HERE.

Let’s do this!

Would You Rather…

…live in Stars Hollow (GG) or Maple Valley (FTS)?

ACK that’s so hard. But I’m going to go with Maple Valley and here’s why: It’s in Iowa. As quirky and wonderful as Stars Hollow is, it’s in Connecticut and I know no one there.

Then again, if Jess was there…

…go canoeing with Luke Danes (GG) or your very own star, Colton Greene?

Luke! I love Colton, I do. But he’s got this bad shoulder from a football injury so what if we get stuck in the middle of a river and he can’t row and the current is crazy and I’m too wimpy to get us back to shore? Luke, to my knowledge, has no such injury so I feel confident in his rowing abilities.

Plus, he could entertain me with one of his anti-Taylor Doose rants. Plus, I appreciate his style—flannel shirts and that green army-ish jacket. So that gives him an edge.

…sit in a town meeting under Mayor Taylor Doose (GG) or the Mayor of Maple Valley who, if I remember correctly, used a megaphone in one of the town meetings?

I like my mayor, I do. But other than his megaphone scene, he’s a pretty brief shadow in From the Start. So I’m going to go with Taylor because I would get immense enjoyment out of listening to him talk about the dangers of ticks or the need for better leash laws or his intense competition with the farmers market people in the Town Square.

…have a first kiss with Jess (GG) or Colton (FTS)? Oooooh! That’s gonna be tough for you, isn’t it since you’re such a big Jess fan?!

Honestly, this is not even hard for me. I would absolutely pick Jess. Thing is, I LOVE Colton. I really do. But he is so firmly connected to Kate in my mind that I’d feel like a cheater if I kissed him. Whereas Jess, last we heard from him, is happily unconnected. (Because stupid Rory doesn’t know a good thing when she has it.) So I would feel zero guilt about kissing him.

…hang out for a day with Lorelei Gilmore or Kate Walker (FTS)?

Kate Walker. I think Lorelai is awesome…we have some striking similarities. But Kate…Kate would get me. Kate would understand my deepest emotions and shallowest quirks. And she would talk about writing and watch old movies with me. We’d totally bond.

…be best buds with Rory Gilmore or Hailey (FTS)?

Hailey, no question. Here’s the thing with Rory: By the end of Gilmore Girls, she’s kind of an idiot. I’m sorry, but she makes the most ridiculous decisions from season 5 on. Now, if we were talking strictly early seasons Rory, I might have a different answer.

But the great thing about Hailey in FTS is that she isn’t afraid to challenge Kate. We see it early on in the book and we see it later on at the end of the book. She’s hugely influential in Kate’s life and she’s wise. So I’d definitely go with her.

…have Richard Gilmore as a father figure or Kate’s dad, Case Walker.

Kate’s dad! Not hard at all to decide on that one. Richard Gilmore is a wonderful character and we definitely get to see his loving, caring side in Gilmore Girls. But…we also know he wasn’t all that emotionally available or understanding as Lorelai’s father. And a lot of Lorelai’s mistakes in the show are side effects of feeling unaccepted or misunderstood by her family.

Case Walker on the other hand is, of course, not perfect. But he is a wonderful listener. He’ll challenge his daughter, but always from a place of love. He somehow manages to be stern and gentle at once. And he sees past the fronts his adult kids put up.

…go to a Gilmore Friday night dinner or a Friday night football game in Maple Valley?

Gilmore Friday night dinner! I’m sure a football game would be fun, but a Gilmore dinner would include crazy amounts of wit and banter and snark. And I would highly enjoy the awkward moments…highly.

…erase Logan Huntzberger from Rory’s life and make sure Jess stays in the picture or go on romantic date with Logan Walker which includes a glorious kiss at the end? (I’m torn here so I’m personally not answering ha!)

Oh my gosh! When I first read this, I thought the second option was a romantic date with Logan Huntzberger and I was like, “Why would you even ask me this? Logan Huntzberger is so far from my type it’s hilarious. There’s not even a decision to be made here!”

Then I realized you said Logan Walkermy Logan. And things got DIFFICULT. Because I adore Logan Walker and have an amazingly unreasonable crush on the guy who portrays him on my cover (that I wish so badly I could share!).

And yet, I love Jess…I will love him forever.

But you know, in my imagination, Jess DOES stay in the picture for Rory. And Logan Huntzberger may not be my thing—not even a little bit—but he does have his good moments and there are ways Rory does grow (I suppose) from her relationship with him. (Even if mostly he just encourages her stupid decisions and spends the bulk of his time on screen whining.) I don’t think he needs to be entirely erased from her life.

So my choice is a romantic date with Logan Walker which includes a glorious kiss at the end.

And now I realize half of this post has been talk of kissing fictional people. I’m not sure how I feel about this…lol!

(Jess here) Well, I feel good about it so that’s what counts, right? Great answers, Melissa! This was so much fun!

Okay, friends, are you a Gilmore Girls fan? If so, we’d love for you to answer a few of the questions in the comments. If not, who would you share a fictional first kiss with?

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Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn't kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays...until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley.

Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend's hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he's lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he's never really done normal before.

While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it's like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jumpstart their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn't part of the plan, but could it be the best thing that's ever happened to them?


  1. This is the toughest round of "Would You Rather" I've ever seen!
    Have to say, I agree with pretty much all your answers, Melissa. (Especially the comments about Rory turning a wee bit idiotic in later GG seasons.)

    If only we could truly visit fictional towns, huh? *sigh*


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