I can't resist adding that I don't remember the last time a show (or movie or whatever) created by a young man created this much cultural discussion of whether he deserved his success on such a personal level. I find it concerning.
But this show is on HBO, which has favored longer character arcs and "novelistic" television, so I suspect it won't use the traditional sitcom structure.
I'd like to see more stories about the people who grow up with this fairy tale that you can 'find yourself, follow your dreams, struggle and find your true self" and then FAIL.
Falconetti: I also don't understand why people aren't viewing the pilot as a critque of the four protagonists. They are all privileged, but I saw the pilot as basically making fun of their delusions and insularity. I did not find the characters particualrly likeable, but I found them interesting. I don't believe the intent is for the viewer to feel sympathetic to these characters.
jonmc: 3. Bored dudes hoping for nudity.
You just summed up about 98% of show business.
elwoodwiles: Girls is somehow supposed to be about us, so that we see our struggles in the story. We are supposed to identify with it. Yet, no one involved in this show (in story or in real life) appears to know anyone outside of their circle of privilege. It swings and misses it's own point.
I tell her that I’m intrigued by the scene in Tiny Furniture in which Charlotte tells Aura that because their mothers are so successful, they must be assholes. That dialogue came straight from a conversation with another childhood friend, says Dunham. “I was fascinated by the idea that you really need to be an asshole to get things done, to not mind hurting people’s feelings.” Maybe everyone who is successful has had to make a “for them” decision, she suggests. “Of course, most people you meet who aren’t successful have probably done that too.”
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