While sitting in our apartment after a pretty intense Sunday Funday, my roommate and I were watching the Sex & the City movie. (I insisted he would find it somewhat entertaining.) In trying to explain the Sex & the City series to him, I found myself comparing it to the silly interpretation of 20 somethings living in Brooklyn, otherwise known as GIRLS. Or rather, contrasting them. To paraphrase, it went something like this:
"So, basically…Carrie is Hannah and they’re both writers that don’t ever really write on the show but somehow have enough money to do all these fun NY things. Shoshanna and Charlotte are the friends that don’t equate to real life friends that anyone has because, honestly who wants to hang around with straight-edge virgins when you’re living in NYC? Miranda and Marnie are both frigid, only in most circles Miranda would not be referred to as the hot one when, if any girl claims she’s "the Marnie" of her friends, she really means that she’s the pretty one. Now, Samantha and Jessa are both the promiscuous ones that are very open about sex. Friends like them don’t really exist in real life either but they are way funnier than the virgins. Oh and overall, Sex & the City is the show that every girl hopes NY will be like and then quickly learns, it is not. On the other hand, GIRLS is what most parents west of the Hudson believe to be the "hipster" life in Brooklyn where shady neighbors, warehouse raves and doing coke at 3pm on a Wednesday afternoon are the norm."
I concluded the difference between the two shows was the audience each show served. Sex and the CIty was for Generation X, who loved to dream about what they could have and lived in a fantasy world. GIRLS is for our generation. We’re happy with living on what we have and are proud of finding our own way, even better if there’s a cool story to go along with it. Failure in our generation is just as accepted as success because, well, “at least you tried,” dude.
A simple nod acknowledging my success in explaining the difference was given by roommate as a sign that he understood and agreed.