Do you remember what life was like after college? You're 20 something, looking at the world and what it has to offer, thinking you might take it by storm, only to come up a little short, or maybe a lot. Yesterday, I was brought back to this time in my life, after attended the SXSW preview of HBO's new upcoming series, Girls.
Although there are four girls in this show, much like HBO's Sex in the City, this series is absolutely nothing like it because it depicts exactly what it's like to be 22, not glamourous, confusing, frustrating, and makes it hysterical because it's raw and real and you find yourself saying, "Oh, I'm so glad I'm not 22 again! Thank God that's over!" What makes this series so well written and spot on, is the writing is done by Lena Dunham, who's 20 something and writing it from the trenches.
Lena Dunham is only in her 20's and she is seeing the same gap and missing elements that I have been for years. What is portrayed for women, what we see today depicted of life on television, in movies, and in magazines is just not real life. Although it looks pretty glamourous, and can be in spirts, the truth is life is very complicated and figuring out what we are meant to be, do, what it looks like, and realizing who we are, and going for our dreams is a journey that no one has really tried to hash out and depict as it is, raw. And that's exactly what the five women whom I saw the movie with, whom were all in our 30 something phase, found ourselves talking about for hours after the show.
And that's why Girl's will resonate with it's target audience. It's not a fairy tale, it's not overdone for ratings, it's just REAL LIFE. For the first time on television life is REALLY being portrayed as it is. There are so many times when the situations that are in the show are uncomfortable and purely awful and awkward yet identifiable. Women today really need something that they can feel and experience that shows them that the life that they are experiening, are in, or have encountered was not uncommon and that we are all in this crazy thing called life, discovering what exactly it means to be a woman together. And it's not all that Carey Bradshaw, in Sex in the City, made it look like. And that's why I personally identified with this show and as the owner and creator of HER social network.
After watching three episodes from the series, I have been laughing about it and excited to see it's first premiere on HBO on April 15th at 10:30 EST! This is and will be the new must see HBO series for women since Sex in the City!