The characters who make it cool to be weird and poor (respectively).
In the TV show New Girl, (at least the first three seasons of it anyway), I have found it to be a faint source of inspiration. Getting the kind of security you get after watching Miranda, Bridget Jones, and Maggie Jacobs from Extras.
Overly positive, cupcake-lover, animal-adorer and singer-of-songs. Jess is upbeat and away with the fairies most of the time. And despite her Bridget Jones-esk ‘flaws’, she makes it cool to be weird. And relatable – even during the first episode that covers her break-up with Spencer, where she cries uncontrollably while watching Dirty Dancing six times a day. Although, when I watched Dirty Dancing on repeat, all I realised was that I really don’t like that movie… I think it’s really over-hyped.
Of course, Zooey is actually super pretty, and Hollywood obviously began to interfere by the time series three rolled around. But I’m going to keep hold of the image of the quirky, tea-obsessed protagonist who made it to the screen. And was popular.
I’m gonna end up alone. I’m gonna be a single old lady, flashing people on the subway.
Overly negative, turtle-faced pessimist with a low-paid job. Nick is laid-back, and keeps the balance of the squad with his realist responses.
During my time being basically unemployed, Nick Miller made it cool to have aspirations of being a writer of zombie stories without actually doing much to pursue it…
What is money anyway? It’s just paper.
Nick’s interest in time travel and zombies makes him cool in my book anyway.
The scripts are written really well, and these two actors carry off the comedy spectacularly. Especially since a lot of it is physical comedy.
And I leave you with the season one teaser…
Perhaps I do take too much guidance from fiction… Sigh.