Sunday, 27 January 2013

Girls and my massive girl crush on Lena Dunham


I am in love with Lena Dunham.

I am prone to developing girl crushes on particularly amazing women, but none have stole my heart quite like the fabulous Lena Dunham. This writer, director and actor has a talent so large, that it's baffling how she can be so amazing at so many things. But she is, and she gets our generation of women like nobody else. Mainly because she is one of us.

For years I've failed to relate to any of the women I see in films and TV. Yeah I always loved Sex and the City and have quoted Carrie Bradshaw for years, but these women were rich and affluent and had no problems pulling - not to mention they were in their thirties.

But with Girls, it has a realism unlike anything else I've seen. It doesn't strive for the happy ending or the fantasy - it deals with young women trying to find their way in the world. At this time in my life, it's describing me perfectly.

The thing about Lena is that she's not afraid to give herself fully to her work. She's so honest and relatable, that every week of watching her show I just want to shout 'THAT'S ME!'. I relate to Girls and Lena's film Tiny Furniture like nothing else I've watched.

As Hannah Horvath in Girls, Lena embodies things that I see in myself but would rather not admit. She's slightly narcissistic, she throws herself into relationships with toxic boys, panics if things get too serious, argues her point to the end and she's a writer. 

Her group of friends, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna are just as perfectly written. Marnie is beautiful but uptight, Jessa is fabulous, witty and unpredictable and Shoshanna is sweet and clueless. All these women are relatable and have made Girls a perfect depiction of our generation.

I am addicted to this show, series one was fabulous and series two has just started back on Sky Atlantic. I beg you all to watch it, Lena is an awe inspiring talent, and watching her work makes me feel like I'm not entirely alone.

One Year Later...

Well it's been a while...

I really have been an awful blogger and all I can say is that I'm sorry for that. I said I'd blog loads and I didn't. But this time I will really try. I've been reading a lot of other blogs and writing a lot for work, and it's something I really want to get back into. I have lots of ideas, but I'm not really sure if I'll keep it a mix of many things, or try my hand at a fashion blog or specialise in feminism. I'm also really interested in Vlogging, so we'll see.

Let me explain myself, 2012 was a fairly busy year for me. I interned for the first five months, had a holiday, looked for a job for two months, interned for another month and then got a job as a copywriter. I spent much of my year working full time and commuting, so I wasn't entirely inspired or filled with enough energy to write anything. But I need to stop spending my spare time sleeping, so I'm really going to try and be strict with myself over blogging again. I need some kind of outlet where I can be creative and talk about things I care about.

So, what have I learnt in the past year?

1. That Lena Dunham gets me like nobody else. Expect a lengthy blog about how amazing Girls is.

2. It is quite possible I will die alone. Men are baffling.

3. Becoming a journalist is a lot harder than I thought.

4. That people will role their eyes when you try to explain why feminism is relevant to them, but it's worth debating it with them anyway.

5. That I need to live in London already.

I promise I'll do a proper post soon. Maybe even straight after this one. Just thought it would have been weird if I'd come back and ignored my year long silence.