As most of you know already, if you have read Fallen From Grace that I am a massive fan of the strong female characters. Grace in my first novel was a strong yet reserved female and her co-star of the book, Brionne, was just as much the same.
One of the main characters in Girls reminds me a lot of Brionne in my first book and this is what I wanted to talk about.
The main character in question is Marnie, she appears to be a strong independent female but as the series progresses it rapidly becomes apparent that she is not as strong willed or as confident as she first appeared. The series starts with her in a relationship with a very insecure boyfriend. He craves her affection and she appears to enjoy the attention despite the fact that she constantly complains about it. When Lena Dunham's character, Hannah, later breaks them up with some of the things that she writes in her notebook about them, Marnie is devestated and takes her anger out on Hannah.
I drew a few parallels with this episode as Hannah is in fact a writer who cannot seem to get her big break. She keeps notes about everything and has a few notes on her best friends life and boyfriend which Marnie does not like at all. "I am not a character for one of your novels," is the quote I wrote down after watching it as it is a situation that many writers find themselves in. They take notes about anything and everything and hope that nothing real life creeps into their books.
I am very lucky in the respect that I write Fantasy novels and most of what I write is completely made up straight from my own imagination however the odd quote that I pick up on is occasionally used in my books.
I spent some time researching Marnie, or Allison Williams as she is called in real life and found out some more very interesting facts about her and her character in Girls. Firstly, Marnie is a name that came from Alfred Hitchcock's film from 1964 named "Marnie" after the main character. The Marnie in Girls bears more than a close resemblance to the Marnie in Hitchcock's film, she is a strong female that is prudent yet reserved. She struggles with her own confidence and is unable to commit to a loving relationship even when it is right in front of her, but most of all she strives to be completely in control of her own life.
Secondly, I have recently been scribbling some notes down for a novel that I was considering writing. My inspiration came from a single phrase that I heard not long ago and I considered it a working title. The title was "St. Elmo's Fire," and I was planning on writing a novel set in the future. Whilst researching Marnie/ Allison Williams I came across a bit of history. When Allison attended Yale University, she was a member of a somewhat secret organisation that is called "St. Elmo." This stood out to me because of my current book and I discovered that it was through this society that she got her break into television.
The last small piece of information that I got was that Allison Williams is possibly going to be the lead female in the upcoming "Fifty Shades of Grey" film. I am not entirely sure whether I will be watching this but it will be interesting to see her career progress after girls and see which other strong female characters she is going to play.
If I could write a character that came across as powerfully as Marnie did then I would be an exceptionally happy writer. Have you ever found two characters from seperate programmes or books to be strikingly similar?