Hi. I just thought I would chime in on this discussion. All though I have not seen Tiny Furniture, I have seen the first 4 episodes of Girls and have enjoyed this show just as much as when I first started watching Six Feet Under, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, The United States of Tara or any other well written contemporary American drama series.
I genuinely want to know why people find this character likable. Yet, no one will tell me.
To me it is kind of weird how the most interesting/funny/abrasive female characters also seems to be the most despised by the audience. Whether its Brenda or Claire in Six Feet Under, Jackie in The Sopranos, Kate Winslet in Mildred Pearce, Hannah in Girls or the chicks from Sex and the City, people seem to be very eager to hate the characters (and for that matter the writers and actors) in a way that doesn’t seem to be directed towards the Tony Soprano’s and Don Draper’s of the world.
I find so many of these female characters a lot more interesting than the pretty Mariel Hemingway’s or for that matter Diane Keaton’s that are the love interests in the Woody Allen films that has been mentioned earlier in this thread. In fact the comparison to Woody Allen is pretty apt. He is allowed to get away with murder, as far as self-centred obnoxiousness is concerned, while Lena Dunham is crucified for aspects that seem to be more related to her personality and background than her actual work.
If writing stories about white, self-centred and privileged characters was a crime Whit Stillmann and Noah Baumbach should have been tarred and feathered long ago.
Personally I not only find it refreshing to see young female spoiled upper class (or upper middle class) brats instead of male ones. One thing that really empresses me are the scenes when Hanna’s “boyfriend” casually makes fun of her weight, and also when she gets her tits out in the last episode to pose for a iPhone photo that is not done to be sexy, either for a male viewer or a woman to want to be like, Its just kind of sad and desperate, totally in tune with her character. Hannah is the kind of character we don’t often see on TV. It is certainly not something one would see in a Woody Allen film where all women tent do be pretty sex object for Allen to accost/fall inn love with/etc.
In the same way that I follow Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited, Holden Caulfield in Catcher in The Rye or Orville Pym in In Youth is Pleasure, I also enjoy following the flawed/funny/cool/stupid/fat/sexy protagonists of Girls. In my opinion they certainly don’t need to be anymore likable or any less pathetic or entitled than the other characters on TV.
Anyway, I find Hannah and her friends entertaining, believable and very funny. Not despite the fact that they are privileged, spoiled, white and oblivious to the opportunities that they have been given, this is just another part of their characters. And bloody good characters they are.
As a TV audience member I dont feel I have to approve of their way of life any more than I have to approve of Tony Sopranos murderous ways. But they make me laugh and they seem true to life, atleast in the stories they figure.
To me thats what constitutes a character that i like and that I want to watch on TV.
(edited for spelling)