Part of the reason that HBO‘s show Girls is so successful is that many people relate to it. The demographic that it depicts, somewhat clueless twenty-somethings, is an obvious audience. But people who are no longer in that age group can still see shades of themselves and their youthful mistakes in the follies of Hannah and Co. (Or at least I certainly can.) Beyond that, the show is just ridiculously funny enough that people who don’t fit into either of those categories can find themselves falling in love with it, and with its characters. For example, my husband is a 33-year-old dude and it’s one of his favorites.
The formula for making Girls such a reflection of its viewers is simple: creator Lena Dunham is 26 and has been writing and portraying a variety of versions of herself on screen for several years now. She follows the simple rule of “write what you know.” And lucky for us, she’s pretty damn good at it.
New York City is littered with young women like Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna, and Jessa. Seizing such an enticing opportunity, a reality TV version of Girls is in the works. A casting call was posted to craigslist last week:
Emmy Winning Reality TV Production Company – Seeking Real Life “Girls” (Manhattan/Brooklyn)
REALITY TV–SEEKING REAL LIFE “GIRLS”
Ever feel like life in the big frantic city is just too much? Are you a twenty-something young woman seeking fame, fortune, love or even a hookup with potential? How do you get from here to there when you can’t even get a seat on the L train! Come to a casting call with our Emmy-winning production company and tell us your dreams and woes, your highs and lows, your tales of *** in the city and the outrageous opportunities that have come your way. Is your circle of friends bound together by not just the parties, fights, and brunches but frequent bouts of commiserating over your struggles? It isn’t easy taking the road less travelled, but making it as a writer, designer, entrepreneur, actress/model or glorified dog walker never is!
The real life television show we are making follows the trials and tribulations of an ensemble of wise-beyond-their-years young ladies. We are with you living the dream in hipster Brooklyn and lower Manhattan. Only well educated and cultured extroverts need apply. Are you thinking about that show–”Girls?” Well we didn’t say it but. . ..now that you mention it.
You guys, I’m totes applying.
I think with my charm and creative writing skills, I can present myself as the ideal cast member. How does this sound?
Dear Emmy-Winning Reality TV Production Company,
How are you? I’m amazing. I’m writing to express my interest in becoming a cast member of your “Girls” inspired reality TV show. I am 25 years old (plus 108 months) and live in Pittsburgh, which is the new hot area of Brooklyn. You probably haven’t heard of it, it’s pretty underground.
My dreams and aspirations are to write a novel. It will probably in the young adult lupine genre to make some seed money for my cupcake bakery, but I would also like to publish (or self-publish) a collection of my short stories about urinary tract infections.
I definitely fit the “well-educated and cultured” requirement. I have two degrees in writing which I’ve parlayed into a career in blogging and hanging out with people who are better writers than I am. “Extrovert” might be a bit of a stretch for my normal persona, but I’m a pretty good drinker, soooo…
Another one of my quirks is that I’m, like, a parent and stuff. But I think this taps into the hot trend of child-rearing that is all the rage in Brooklyn nowadays.
Looking forward to talking to you more, or whatever.
You guys think I have a shot?