Friday, June 1, 2012

Friday Favourites: Girls

Friday is here – I hope it’s a happy day for you.

Have you heard of the HBO series, Girls? It’s a half hour dark comedy series about young girls in their 20′s. The show follows these girls and their lives in New York City.

Lena Dunham plays Hannah, the main character in the show. Dunham is also the series creator and main writer. Judd Apatow is one of the executive producers.

What can I tell you? I really, really, really want to love this show. But I don’t. It’s very raw and certainly has funny moments no doubt, but for some reason, I just don’t find the characters believable.

Yes – the characters are at times relatable in the realm of self-esteem, body image and figuring out what you want to do with your life kind of way. But these characters are so FLAWED – like laughably flawed. And, they make no apologies for their actions.

I am all for girl power. I love that the writer / creator is female. I love that the storyline covers female issues. What I don’t like is how these girls are portrayed. They seem completely self-involved, highly sexual and direction-less. They have absolutely no accountability or redeem-ability.

Maybe that’s the point. I don’t know – I’m not of that generation. Maybe that’s how girls in their 20′s act. Maybe I’m the one getting old :)

For some reason I feel like Dunham, although female, is writing these story-lines from a male perspective. These women, to me, seem to be acting the “way” a man would fantasize them to be or act. For instance, Marnie was in a long-term relationship with a guy but never saw his apartment. What – really!?!

Jessa, the world travelling friend, grabs a total and random guy to screw in a public bathroom. Again, really!?! Does this stuff really happen? Again – I must be old! Jessa really bugs me BTW.

Hannah has a very kinky relationship with a guy and does everything he says. She also had a boss who felt her up often at the office. The women in the office pretty much implied that she suck it up because the job was good and the boss was nice. In real life, wouldn’t harassment charges be filed!?!

The best character is Shoshanna by far – the infamous virgin. She’s hilarious and brilliant in this role.

I’m fine with character flaws as long as they become forgivable. Please Dunham let these women learn from their mistakes. I don’t want to watch these women make dumb mistakes over and over again never growing from the experiences. I want these women to gain a sense of empowerment.

Who knows – maybe the jokes on me and I’m totally missing the punch line. That’s always possible. And maybe, I just have really high hopes for the show. Or maybe, just maybe, these characters are just trying to find their way. Fingers crossed! [Update: Last 2 episodes (# 6 and #7 ) best ones yet...keep getting better - please.]

Simply Yours,

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