Okay, I think it’s time to post about something non-bookish. I’ve been meaning to post about My Mad Fat Diary ever since I watched it for the first time a couple weeks ago. I have so much love for this show that I can’t even begin to put it into words. Which is what I say about a lot of things, but this time it’s true. I can’t believe this show has been under my radar for so long and that I only just watched it. I know it’s been compared to Skins and Misfits, and that some people don’t think it’s as good as them, but I really think it is, and in some ways even better. If you didn’t know about this show and haven’t watched it, you definitely, definitely should!
I am not ashamed to say that I’ve already watched the 13 episodes of Season 1 and Season 2 twice, once by myself and once with my sister. I am not ashamed to say that we both drooled over Finn Nelson whenever he came onto the screen, and squeezed pillows whenever he did something particularly sweet. But, before I go on and on about Finn Nelson, which I will try not to because I don’t want to spoil stuff for you, I’ll just give some background information about the show.
It’s based on My Mad Fat Teenage Diary, a collection of real diary entries written by Rae Earl, who was an overweight teen growing up in the mid 90’s, Stamford. In the show, Rae is played by Sharon Rooney and she is amazing. Both actress and character. I think it’s safe to say that Rae Earl is my favourite female character in a television series. I loved everything about her, including her sense of humour, her taste in music, her no-bullshit attitude and her strength in surviving mental illness. Sure she has flaws and makes some frustrating choices due to her insecurities, but she learns from her mistakes and that’s the important thing. I am certainly quite proud that my sister said Rae reminds her of me a bit, in her expressions and often stoic personality.
Basically the story is that she’s released from mental hospital back in the real world, where she makes friends with The Gang. Chloe, Rae’s childhood friend introduces her to the others: Izzy, Chop, Archie and Finn. Each of these characters are great and Rae has a strong friendship with all of them. She also has her friends back at the hospital, Tix and Danny, and later in the show, Liam. Rae lives in a small suburban home with her crazy mum and her new husband Karim, who doesn’t speak English. Between life with her friends, at home, at college and in therapy sessions with Dr Kester, Rae has a lot going on and a lot to worry about. Just like any one, really.
My description of My Mad Fat Diary doesn’t really do much to explain how EPIC the show really is. Just watch it and see for yourself. Whether you’re up for killer 90’s tunes, or you want to laugh A LOT, or you want an excuse to cry, or inspiration for getting up in the morning, or you want to binge watch something, or if you just want to watch a killer romance unfold, or the hotness that is Finn Nelson, this show is for you.
Here are some of the more insightful/inspirational quotes from the show that I love:
“Stop thinking that other people are gonna come and save you. You gotta save yourself.”
“There’s a part in all of us that’s scared and not sure. And when you get the ability to see that in yourself, you start to see that everyone is fighting every day.”
“I was beginning to realise that quiet, kind, special people come along once in a lifetime.”
“You can spend the rest of your life being afraid of people rejecting you. You have to start by not rejecting yourself. You don’t deserve it.”
“There are times when I can’t stop speaking, when a million words leave my mouth in a matter of seconds…a million words that mean nothing…but when I want to find some words that mean everything, I just can’t speak. Like: I miss you. Like: I love you. Like: My world is falling apart and I need you by my side.”
“When I look around, I see that everyone’s the protagonist of their own story. And the thing about stories is that not all of them have a happy ending. But some do.”
And lastly, a little bit of Finn Nelson fangirling (my way of convincing you to watch this if you haven’t already decided to, without giving any of the squeal-worthy storyline away):
(gifs are not mine).