Before some thieving gypsies took off with my laptop, I was enjoying using the HBO series Girls as an excuse to stay out of trouble and limit my contact with the Tinderverse. Since the series has been around since 2012 and causing quite a bit of controversy, I was a little slow on the uptake. But a male friend told me that the series really reminded him me, #zlotybaby and our friends, so I had to see what the fuss was about.
The series is based on the lives of 4 early 20-somethings, who have all just graduated from university and are trying to find their feet in the New York City. Hannah, the main character is played by the creator of the show Lena Dunham and is an aspiring writer (Carrie Bradshaw wannabe perhaps?). Then there is Marnie who is into art (the Charlotte type), Jessa the Bohemian Brit and her cousin odd-ball Shoshanna, the virgin.
While the parallels with SATC are obvious, the way life is portrayed in Girls is far closer to what one would imagine to be the reality for young girls trying to manoeuvre their way through life and love in a big city ‘one mistake at a time’ . Don’t get me wrong, I love love love SATC (I own all six seasons and even went on the tour in NYC), and while it does give us something to aspire to and also some hope that it’s never too late to find one’s Mr Big, I liked the way Girls tells it as it is.
For a start, the sex scenes are clumsy and awkward…as is probably the case for most of people who aren’t porn stars or professional yogis. Girls is also very much on point with the experiences of young people today. Just a few examples of the nuanced storylines the series deals with include: dating mummy’s boys and unemployed losers, an ex-boyfriend moving on with a MAN, housemates turning into a frenemies (kicking you out a few days before the end of the month) and sleeping with your now gay ex, the joys of crushing on elderly trolls with their baggage in tow and getting all starry eyed for rich guys, then rushing into marriage in order to become a Kept Women. Oh and my best, how most definitely not to break up with a person – during sex! It also tries to (not necessarily successfully) make light of more serious issues such as catching STIs and having a friends back through their abortion drama.
The show is LOL funny and I found the raw sense of humour (although the rape jokes might have been a step too far) quite refreshing. And I also liked how the characters looked quite rough much of the time, unlike in Sex and the City where the crew are generally dressed head to toe in designer gear. It just makes us average girls (like yours truly), who sometimes leave our hair curly and sometimes go out with no make up on, feel better about themselves and their lazy ways.
Unlike me, I’m sure the rest of you haven’t been living under a rock, so tell us what you think of Girls (which is now apparently in its fourth season) in the comments below. Do you relate to the characters and their stories or does the series just give us a insight into the loves lives of a bunch of privileged white kids?
P.S. To the person who told me to go and watch the series…EnglishRosiee is definitely more of a Jessa (the kinda crazy Brit that moves across the world for love and all) than a Hannah 😛