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girls, girls, girls

What’s left to say about Girls? All those superlatives (zeitgeist, refreshing, original, authentic) people used to describe it have been abandoned. That was three seasons ago. All that nonsense is so old. Lena Dunham is getting less and less press, now we’re all used to a woman being naked on TV. Unless they’re talking about her obscenely large book advance (allegedly $3.7 million), they’re probably not talking about her or Girls. But I’m not giving up on it yet, and neither should you. Here’s why; Girls has grown up.
There’s a shift in tone which may displease people who are only in it for the irony so acidic it could burn through prison bars. Instead of moments of sincerity piercing through the irony that characterised and problematised the first three seasons, it’s the other way round. The irony sticks out through the sincerity this time. We’re reminded that these girls have actual dreams, even if they are as ridiculous as Marnie’s singing career. But still, they’re (mostly) actively pursuing them and actively getting hurt over them. Take Marnie, for example. Her singing ‘career’ takes her and Desi to a family restaurant where they try and sing over screaming children at a jazz brunch. They’re hurt by the lack of respect they’re given, which plays into the Millenial princess-ness of Girls whilst showing that Marnie is an actual person with actual feelings. Clever, right?
Hannah has taken actual steps towards her dream. She’s moving literally to Iowa, where she’ll begin her career as a brilliant writer before moving back to Brooklyn and doing hipster things with her cool ac-tor boyfriend.
All of the characters are striving for a dream, but are no longer so confident in their ability to achieve it. Most of the characters, especially Marnie and Adam, have realised that the world does not, in fact, owe them anything. There are hundreds upon hundreds of talented people, they’re just another drop in the ocean of privileged people wanting something for nothing. Except now they know it. Sort of.


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