It’s been quite a while since I could really sink my teeth into a comedy – drama TV series (other than the barrage of reality TV that always seems to suck me in). And I wasn’t disappointed when I picked up season one of Girls on a whim. Having seen previews of this show numerous times on TV (but not having HBO), I actually didn’t think it would be easy to get my hands on a copy. But lo and behold, my public library to the rescue with seasons one to three available and commercial free (woohoo!). Needless to say, two nights later and I’d already devoured season one.
The show is practically an anecdote for my own young adult own life. The lead character Hannah (played by Lena Dunham), with her poor self body image, obsessive, slightly narcissistic (but unintentionally) personality, is believable and like-able right from the start. Finally a leading female character with an ‘average’ figure whose body doesn’t have to be the butt of all jokes (read: Melissa McCarthy), who hangs out with attractive girlfriends and bemuses her sexy, quirky boyfriend Adam (Adam Driver).
At a birthday dinner the other evening, friends and I discussed the appeal of Girls. John and Elisa shared my enthusiasm and we recalled our favourite memorable quips. They warned me that the plot begins to lag in season two but quickly heats up again by season three. The show is currently airing season four on HBO.
I can’t wait to delve into season two of Girls to see what happens to this eccentric band of friends. I wonder if Hannah and Adam will stick it out. I’m also curious what awaits the rest of the “girls” as they navigate life, love and relationships.
Following the success of Girls, creator, producer and star Lena Dunham published her autobiographical book Not That Kind of Girl: a young woman tells you what she’s ‘learned.’ If you’re looking for a light read full of humourous ‘slice of life stories,’ request a copy at your local Vaughan library!
Have you read the book or watched the show? Let us know what you thought in the comments section below! (rhyming is encouraged hah!).