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SMART GIRLS, BAD CHOICES: Hannah (second from right) of Girls navigates life with three friends in this tragicomedy.© 2014 HBO. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

What girls want

"I don’t want to freak you out, but I think I may be the voice of my generation,” says Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) to her parents in the first episode of HBO’s comedy Girls. The line is funny for a number of reasons. It’s funny because her claim is part of Hannah’s plea for her parents to support her financially for several more years so that she can write a book. It’s funny because that plea comes from a woman who is falling apart at her parents’ feet. It’s funny because it’s unabashedly egocentric. But it is not only funny; it might also be true.


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