Lorelai and Rory Gilmore (Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel)

Author avatars for showrunners Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, with their own relationship mimicking the high-energy Lorelai (Amy) and the quieter Rory (Daniel). The rapid-fire pop culture laden dialogue between Lorelai and Rory was partly inspired by Amy and Daniel’s own conversations.

In German popular culture the Lorelei is a water spirit which lures men to their doom, inspired by a dangerous rock in the Rhine River (the name literally means “murmuring rock”). It was Heinrich Heine’s 1824 poem Die Lorelei which personified the Lorelei as a beautiful siren, unwittingly distracting sailors so that they came to grief on the rock. The two Lorelais in Gilmore Girls are also alluring but somewhat dangerous. We cannot help but feel Joey makes a lucky escape in the first episode, being thoroughly out of his depth.

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