The majority of the girls on Twitter who you call "bb" and "honey" and "darling" are largely only paying attention to you because your reciprocal attention bolsters their own incredibly low self-esteem. It's kind of revolting and pathetic. You must know that on some level.
Not that I’m reading every single one or anything.
Also, the amount of self-hatred that has to be involved in a writer using the term “mumblecore” for derogatory purposes has to be so crushing and awful. “Every Friday night of my life is a shitty genre,” you know?
But I’m not making anyone watch every Friday night of my life.
No one makes anyone watch anything. You have free will, and a remote control.
It just seems like a particularly unfortunate pejorative given that mumblecore basically means “people talking to each other in apartments and bars, like they do in 99% of middle-class people’s real lives,” which God forbid somebody film with some depth of field and better jokes.
So far the bad reviews of this show (which I will continue to go to bat for because no one is chronicling the lives of mid-20s college grads in practically real-time with more empathy and humor) have all bordered on violent contrarianism or outright misunderstanding. I think this show is actually scaring people, which seems like a failure of trying to grasp its goals. That’s the first thing anyone should try to do as a critic — then you decide if the goals are dumb.
The common critique has been “Hannah is self-indulgent,” which, yes, that’s part of the joke! She gets high on opium tea and says “I think I’m the voice of my generation, or a voice of a generation,” then falls onto the floor and all but curls into a fetal position. What could be more self-effacing?
"which I will continue to go to bat for because no one is chronicling the lives of [affluent, overprivileged] mid-20s [white] college grads in practically real-time with more empathy and humor [except most of television throughout the history of the medium]"
“The central character is an unsympathetic victim of First World Problems who mumbles her way through a Brooklynite’s perdition of unpaid internships and missed orgasms. In its first three episodes, the comedy series establishes a new low for the premium cable network, even surpassing John From Cincinnati in its level of sheer unwatchability.”—
Yeah like 99% of TV shows are set in First World Problems but at least the characters in some of those shows are more relatable and likeable. But let’s get real here everyone: the storyline of “Oh no, I’m being cut off from my rich parents and now I have to get a job for first time in my life!” is so overdone it’s not even funny.
P.S. This quote: “Apatow said he was drawn to Dunham’s imagination and added that Girls would provide men with an insight into ‘realistic females’.” While that comment is just the creepiest, I must say that from the trailer/having a vague knowledge of Lena Dunham, I can safely say that my friends (or friends of my friends for that matter) aren’t even close to being as mumbly and one-note as the girls inGirls.
The more I learn about Lena Dunham the more she seems like Kevin Smith and Sofia Coppola in that she takes the maxim “write what you know” as absolute truth and thus is completely unable to create things outside of her own field of vision.