Although the writing in the piece linked to above kind of sucks (as do the captions: "beautiful bookworms"? Urgh), it does sum up one of the reasons why I love this show so much:
The writers of Gilmore Girls, led by creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, actually understand something about the way books function in adolescent life. Literary references are to the women of this show what pop-music references are to the teenage boys of The O.C.: a badge of identity, a cultural currency that symbolizes the young characters' emerging sense of selfhood. Borrowed, traded, or earnestly pressed upon others, books are a way of concretizing the teenager's secret conviction that if only someone could truly understand them, everything would be all right.
Of course, the "pop-music references" are just as important to Lane (and to a lesser extent, Rory) in Gilmore Girls as they are to Seth Cohen, and that's another reason why I love it; my teenage self would identify with Lane and Rory more than just about every other teen girl on TV, with the possible exception of Lindsay Weir. One of the first episodes of Gilmore Girls I ever saw was the one in which Rory's headmaster tried to get her to socialise with her schoolmates at lunch instead of reading with her walkman on. Rory countered that she had friends outside of school and she liked reading at lunch, but to no avail, and she was temporarily befriended by some of the school's snobbiest girls. The episode ended with the happily independent, bookish, music-loving Rory back at lunch, reading Colette and listening to Komeda. I knew then that this was my sort of programme. And even though Rory has been pretty annoying this season, she's still the character who took three different sorts of books of different genres to school every day to make sure she has something entertaining to read whatever her mood. And for that, I'll never quite be able to hate her.
ETA: American friends who are GG fans - is there a new episode this week? I usually look at the trailer for the next installment on the WB site, but there hasn't been a new one up on the site since last week's episode, and there's no reference at all to the next ep or when it's airing.