“Girls” does a great job of encapsulating and embodying our 20-something experiences. The show is a scary-accurate portrayal of what our lives entail. It so closely mirrors our 20-something existence, we feel like we personally know each of the "Girls" in real life.
The reason so many of us enjoy Lena Dunham’s Golden Globe-nominated creation is because the characters are totally relatable. We all see pieces of ourselves in the show's plot lines and even find ourselves saying the same things as the four main characters.
We know you’ve debated this with your friends at least four times before the premiere already, but we can't help but love to indulge in this game: Which “Girls” character do you most resemble?
1. Your greatest asset is your:
A. Way with words B. Ability to push people’s buttons C. Looks D. Naïveté
2. People best describe you as:
A. Helpless and funny B. Urbane and mysterious C. Responsible and sensible D. Girly and bubbly
3. Your dream job would be:
A. Writing B. Painting C. Singing D. Public relations for a non-profit
4. Your personal motto is:
A. “I’m an individual. And I feel how I feel when I feel it.” B. “I’m attracted to everyone when I first meet them.” C. “Sometimes being really good all the time feels really bad. But I'm on a journey. It's my journey and I'm okay.” D. “I am woman. Hear me roar.”
5. Your biggest flaw is:
A. You’re self-centered. B. You don’t stick around. C. You’re a perfectionist. D. You’re too trusting.
Mostly A’s - Hannah Horvath: The Justifiably Self-Centered Writer
...But then again, what writer isn’t? Despite not fully knowing this herself, Hannah is an unconventionally cool girl who isn’t afraid to pursue her dreams, even if it means struggling financially. If you’re like Hannah, you’re also your own worst enemy (but you clearly knew this already because you’re deeply introspective to the point of self-absorption).
You’ve considered chopping off all your hair in a boredom-turned-existential-crisis and your impulsive habits can turn you into a very complicated friend sometimes. You often believe that you are the voice of your generation (or at the very least, you’ve had enough awkward sexual encounters to draw on).
And in some ways, yes, your behaviors do fully epitomize your contemporaries, like the time you spontaneously went out on a Wednesday night because you felt alive, or when you said that you just wanted “someone who wants to hang out all the time, and thinks [you're] the best person in the world, and wants sex with only [you].”
Just lay off the Q-tips for a while, and you should be okay.
Mostly B’s - Jessa Johansson: The Volatile Free-Spirit
Jessa is the unpredictable girl who deftly weaves her way in and out of situations. As quickly as she inserts herself into other people’s lives, she leaves them.
If you’re like Jessa, you are down to try anything at least once, but you understand which of these experiences hold meaning and which don’t (or at least you think you do). Your greatest skill is your keen ability to get under people’s skin -- you know how and exactly which buttons to push to send someone over the edge.
You’re very good at putting on an apathetic front, but when no one is looking, you can get emotional. You are so good at hiding your true feelings, people think you are borderline sociopathic, and that’s kind of what you’re going for.
You admire Jessa’s unique style; you wear a lot of vintage, dark lip stains and dangly earrings. The minute someone tries to steal that, though, you’re outta here.
Like Jessa, you love talking about all your adventures; yet, no one is really quite sure what you have and haven’t done. Of course, you aren’t about to tell them.
Very few people are like you and Jessa. You have to be fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to have very little to lose and that which you do lose, you care very little about.
You have a profound effect on people without realizing it, which makes your flippant attitude all the more frustrating. Stop running away from your problems -- if only because we want you (on the show and) in our lives more.
Mostly C’s - Marnie Michaels: The Put-Together Hot Mess
Marnie has all the makings of being a successful, young 20-something, and yet, she struggles most in figuring out what she wants. For the girl who is supposed to have it all together, her life is really falling apart.
If you’re like Marnie, you try to be a good friend and do the right thing, but it’s not always so clear to you. Your relationships are important to you; therefore, you aren’t afraid to speak up when you feel mistreated. You can be a little uptight because you’re so busy taking care of everyone and that’s something you are actively working on.
Like Marnie, you wish someone would just give you a roadmap to follow because making big decisions confuses and scares you at the same time. You’re not really sure what you want in, pretty much, all facets of your life, so you rely on your looks to figure things out for you -- that’s another thing you are actively working on.
When things get difficult in your life, like losing a job or a boyfriend, you remain strong and focused. However, you aren’t shy to admit that while you strive for perfection, your world is anything but perfect.
“I’m good. I’m very good. But sometimes being very good all the time feels really bad.” Are we about to see a new side of you? It’s time to chuck the façade, embrace your inner uncertainty and let it ride.
Mostly D’s - Shoshanna Shapiro: The Innocent Girly-Girl
Shoshanna is the youngest of the bunch, which, by default, makes her the most naïve, but at the same time, she interestingly is the least selfish. She’s happy to let her friends crash her dorm room, tag along on a road trip or support her girls’ endeavors.
Like Shoshanna, you truly care for your girlfriends' well-being, even if there’s no immediate benefit for yourself. You don’t just attend their parties; you bring a cheese plate and compliment the decor. You don’t just cheer your friend up after she loses her job; you help her find a new one. You are nothing short of a spectacular friend.
Similar to your fashion choices, you can be a little awkward -- but it’s all very cute and endearing. A truly feminine girl, you are obsessed with romance, emojis and "Sex and the City." Your room likely resembles something out of Polly Pocket’s dream house.
You have problems with being assertive. When you're upset with your boyfriend, you should confront him about his lack of passion, instead of making out with a doorman. You’re still figuring out how to make your voice heard because you’re so nice all the time.
It's interesting to note that while Shoshanna cares deeply for her friends, she still is understanding how to fully express that. When it's time to pick up your cousin from rehab, don't just smoke cigarettes with the nurses outside. Play an active role in her return home.
You may have a lot to learn, as you are still trying to grow into a “fully formed human.” Hold fast to your motto of “I am woman, hear me roar,” and you’ll be sure to get people to listen.
Photos credit: HBO/Girls