Yeah, show-Rory definitely needed more backbone. They tried having moments, like bitching out Mitchum when Logan was in the hospital, or wrangling the newspaper a few times, but really in between those moments she was still meek, whiny, "oh poor me" Rory.
LOL, not sure if I agree about tree guy. He seemed like a doof
I liked Laundry room guy when he first appeared (and actually respected the fact that he said no thanks to her invite) but when they brought him back he was a bit toolish. Even though it turned out he wasn't talking about Rory, there was still some girl out there that he was mocking while also basically bragging that she was obsessed with him.
However, I do agree that Marty smacked of hard work, and not just financially. He seemed to really work for his education. Compare this with Logan who was so blase about all his educational opportunities, joking about which ones he was kicked out of. I'm not saying Logan isn't smart, but I can't picture him studying day in and day out the way Rory did and the way I imagine Marty did. I would imagine a girl who grew up in a potting shed would relate better to Marty.
Oh yes, I've also thought about the potential for a Marty/grandparents storyline and have a bit of a subplot written for that. I've also wondered what Trix would think of Marty but haven't officially worked her in.
Yeah, the "loosen up and have fun with the rich" message grated for me. I found it ridiculous that Logan called Rory sheltered. What were all those rich kids if not sheltered? Have they ever had any true hardship? Did they ever get into any trouble that their parents (or friends) didn't bail them out of? Just silly, I tell you