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The Rory Gilmore Gambit
So, I've been watching alot of old Gilmore Girls episodes lately, for totally non-sinister reasons that I don't really need to get into here. But in listening to RED with that show in mind, it strikes me that there is some similarity to the handling of the show's teen growing pains and Taylor Swift's subtle nods towards more grown-up content in her new material. Once they've reached a certain age, ongoing characters based on a wholesome girl next door model have to move beyond nervous crushes into something resembling an adult romantic reality (more commonly known as a sex life). Recent teen sensations like Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears have mangled the transition, going from doe-eyed innocents to cage-dancing bad girls with whiplash speed. This can be very awkward.
On the Gilmore Girls, they spent many seasons letting young Rory make slow, heartfelt romantic decisions, w/o any of the lasciviousness of a trashier, worse show like Gossip Girl. But rather than totally ignore reality and keep her hopelessly pure, they let college-aged Rory grow up a bit, drink occasionally, end up in bed with suitably charming scions of East Coast publishing families. There's an increased acknowledgment of desire on RED that goes past puppy love on the bleachers and into open-eneded nightclub flirtation, but stays respectful, tasteful, and appropriate. This is the way to do this.