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06 February 2013 @ 11:32 pm
Why are you being such a complete and utter knobhead to me?...  
Dear f-list,

I am in love with a show that none of you will have seen, but it is marvellous and brilliant and is battering my soul with its beauty and so I need to talk about it.

My Mad Fat Diary is set in Lincolnshire during the summer of 1996. I immediately fell in love with it.

It tells the story of 16 year old Rae, recently released from hospital after several months as an in-patient following a suicide attempt. It is one of the most honest portrayals of depression, recovery, and your common-or-garden variety of teenage drama I have ever seen. Rae is struggling to come to terms with herself, as a person with depression/mental health issues, as a teenager who really wants to fit in, as a girl who's discovering her sexuality, mostly by crushing on boys in her friendship group, however inappropriate, and the show does this in a way that is dark and quite intense, but also touching and realistic. She is also brilliant, sharp and defensive, warm and open, she tries so hard to reach out and touch people, be a part of something, Sharon Rooney is excellent in this role and I am completely in love with this character.

I'm 25 years old, in 1996 I was 9, and my memories of that summer are all heatwave and hosepipe bans and playing outside until the sun went down. The show captures this moment in time so completely perfectly that watching it is like being zapped right back, nostalgia so strong that during one moment in this week's episode I almost cried for missing it. This simpler time that is fixed so strongly in my memory, so happy and bright, so easy, so far away. The soundtrack alone is enough, they're using songs that I thought everyone but me had long forgotten (I am, by the way, a massive 90s music junkie, no one has ever understood why). It is perfection.

AND then, there's this...


I don't know if these two will get together, if it's realistic, or if I'll like it if they do, but they're just so freaking cute and have such amazing chemistry in scenes together, I mostly just want to watch them.

So, if anyone has seen the show, TALK TO ME! Everyone else, go watch it, and then talk to me.

Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
my ship has two pilots: Kara smirkswinegums on February 24th, 2013 05:52 am (UTC)
I just watched the first episode and I'm kind of in disbelief at how much I love it - will come back to you on this later, bb!
howlinchickhowl: Eligracehowlinchickhowl on February 25th, 2013 11:22 pm (UTC)

I"m going to make a list of all the things I love WITH VISUAL AIDS in anticipation of you finishing.




(I have REALLY needed someone to talk to about this...:S)
my ship has two pilots: Kara smirkswinegums on February 26th, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
I'll try to make it happen this weekend, Flower Boy Next Door has got my weekdays all tied up at the mo and I think this is something I'll want to marathon on a night when I haven't got work the next day :)
howlinchickhowl: photohowlinchickhowl on February 27th, 2013 11:35 pm (UTC)
This is wise. Really there's no rush, I should be spending my time doing things other than thinking about this show, but if you did happen to watch it all this weekend and then you did happen to want to talk to me about it and if you then that wouldn't be the worst thing to happen to me this week, is all :D

Also, what on earth is Flower Boy Next Door?