Gilmore Girls: Generational Conflict

Gilmore Girls kind of sets itself up as a class conflict thing, with Lorelei Gilmore integrating herself into a poorer small town community and Emily Gilmore representing obscene wealth and connections. I think it works even better as an interesting look at generational conflict, though. The stereotypes of the millennial generation were really underdeveloped in the year 2000, since even the oldest of them were barely entering high school, but through dumb luck or prescience, Gilmore Girls pretty much nailed it.

Rory Gilmore is born in approximately 1984 and is a millennial. She is friendly and polite, fixated on university as a road to success, and much more conformist and minimalist than her mother.

Speaking of, Lorelei Gilmore is born in approximately 1968 and is in Generation X. She is fiercely independent, snarky, impulsive, and relentlessly rebellious.

Emily Gilmore’s birthdate is born in approximately 1948 and is a Baby Boomer. She is selfish, passive-aggressive, wears a thin veneer of politeness over narcissistic contempt for everyone around her, demonstrates sincere compassion exclusively for close family members and then very rarely, and the closest thing she gets to redeeming qualities is when she uses generosity to try and make people dependent upon her and thus force them to tolerate her personality defects in lieu of self-improvement.

I said the show depicted generational conflict, I never said it didn’t take sides.

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