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Same issue with the wording as Day Five, only worse because I don't watch that many shows, and I don't really feel comfortable calling any of them "female-driven". Even the one where the main character was female, it was about a whole townsful of people really. (I have to save that one because I don't have any comedy show for Day Eight, either, and it's slightly more a comedy than a drama so it's going to have to do.) But the word "show" is woolly enough that I can extend it to movies too, so yay for me, I can answer.

Wait, I am mostly keeping up with The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on YouTube, that one's ... cool, I guess? I mean, it's okay. I enjoy it. And it's an episodic show-type thing I consume that's clearly female-driven. But the question isn't "Only female-driven show", and low bars aren't the most exciting thing to write about. Although it does make me notice that a large percentage of my female-centric stories are specifically Austeny. Such as....

Day Six: Favorite female-driven show

The Jane Austen Book Club

I am a total sucker for updated classics. Clueless, 10 Things, Romeo+Juliet, all that. I even have great affection for She's The Man that's out of all proportion to its ... uh, let's say worthiness for that level of affection. I am largely incapable of judging Bride & Prejudice on its merits, I just love it (although I will say that even with all the changes and fudging, it does the best job I've seen of any modern adaptation of capturing Darcy's thoughtless arrogance, rather than making him into an awkward penguin. Ppl, ppl. Darcy is not an awkward penguin. At all. He's not shy, he's not brooding, he's not tortured, he doesn't have Asperger's. He's just an ass). Granted, there are a lot of attempts that aren't particularly good (Hamlet with Ethan Hawke comes to mind, and in that vein, I could not get through even the first half hour of O), but I'm still drawn to them. I love the attempts to translate and approximate the characters and plots in order to convey the same story in a setting of different values and assumptions. Kind of like decent fanfic, it's a fascinating and fun hermeneutic interaction with the text, and context of both eras. And that hits me in all the right places because I am a total dork.

So a bunch of upper-middle-class women struggling with love and relationships and how to live life, whilst echoing and reading and talking about a bunch of iconic upper-middle-class women struggling with same, is just delightful to me. Given my usual watching fare, I can't really explain it, except to say it's like comfort food, or a mug of hot chocolate, or, as one character puts it, "All Jane Austen, all the time! It's like the perfect anti-dote." "To what?" "To life!" It doesn't need to be deep or serious, although I doubt I could stick with it if it were an on-going show rather than a short and sweet movie.

But in any case, I love the group of women (and one guy) and the friendships that they form, the warmth they develop for one another, the way their mutual enjoyment of these stories draw them together. It's shot prettily, with pretty pretty people. (Plus Emily Blunt married to Riley from Buffy? YES PLS. I think their arc is my favourite in the movie, too.) Would I like a little more meta conversation about Austen's works? Sure. Do I fail to have the intensely hormonal reaction to Jimmy Smits that apparently all normal women do? Yeah. But whatever. It's a yummy, foamy confection. There's not much more to it, and probably not much more to say, but man will I eat it up with a spoon.

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