Last night I finally began watching a show I'd been reading about, and to be quite honest, sounded just like something made for me, whose characters I might love. Girls, on HBO, which premiered in April.
I love the characters. They are confused, they have both aim and absolutely no aim, they are figuring out men, career, life. I was crying laughing as we breezed through the first three episodes. Lena Dunham, creator, writer, and one of the stars of the show, is a 25-year-old, and she has captured perfectly many of the topics and issues of exactly this--my--generation. Out of college, mediocre economy and job market, living in the city... and from there, the story grows. The hilarious discourse on exactly life right now hit so many touchstones for me.
Hannah makes a ton of bad decisions, but man, how I love her already. She unabashedly tells her parents she thinks she is "the voice of her generation," and asks them to keep giving her money so that she can determinedly finish her memoir. "Or at least a voice of a generation," she adds. She also eats a cupcake in the bathtub (which I have been known to do), has the most spectacular tattoos, is perfectly not skinny, and has existential freak-outs about HIV/AIDS that are absolutely ridiculous and hilarious.
Today Lena Dunham talked about the show, and its discourse on twenty-somethings and all the mess of life, with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.
Terry Gross on why Girls has been striking a nerve with many:
I think women in particular are so hungry for a series or a movie, or movies, about young women who are kind of feminist--whether they describe themselves that way or not--and aren't just all about clothes and engagement rings, and who are trying to really figure out who they are where they fit in in the world.
Full disclosure -- this is an HBO show. Be prepared for the sex scenes. A la Games of Thrones...