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Heather
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Have any of you seen any of this series?

http://www.e4.com/skins/

A while back, I went through and watched the first two seasons and was mostly really impressed. I also felt a lot of connection to much of what was going on with the characters in the show: more than a bit of it reminded me of some of my own teen years.

I'd be interested to hear what you thought of it.

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yes!!! i LOVE this show! my favorite! i've been watching it for about a year now and am totally in love! Not really what my life is like partially because it is a TV show but I kinda wish it was!
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Heather
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What do you love about it?

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I've seen three seasons (is the fourth out in the UK yet, or is it coming out later this year?) For the record I liked the first best, and the first and second combined better than the third (they completely change the cast)

I know that the third season does have a really beloved-by-fandom lesbian pairing, though.

Honestly...it's not like my high school years at all. This is probably because I never drank or did drugs and was pretty much a giant nerd who took so many AP classes that it took over her life [Big Grin] But I guess I connected enough to watch all three seasons.

One thing I really did not like was in the first season, everyone seemed to get mad at Sid for not immediately falling in love with Cassie and some even seemed to almost blame him for her eating problems. That was a bit WTF to me - he's supposed to like her just because she likes him, is available, and is fragile? It didn't make a whole lot of sense to me.

Now that I think about it, the relationship drama did seem pretty real, especially the Tony/Michelle/Sid triangle. I remember in high school, one girl was obsessed with one of her guy friends and thought he should be with her (and was very vocal about it). When he started dating a friend of mine, who was also friends with this other girl, they were very hush-hush, can't hurt the other girl's feelings. When she inevitably found it she was angry and acted like he owed her something, just because she was 'in love' with him. That sort of drama seems similar to the stuff on Skins (mostly stuff involving Sid, who now that I think of it reminds me of the guy my friend went out with [is still going out with, actually] in that they both kind of let things happen to them rather than take much control of their own lives)

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Heather
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quote:
they both kind of let things happen to them rather than take much control of their own lives
I think this, in general, is a HUGE theme in the whole show, and it's probably one of the places where I resonated most when it came to it feeling like some aspects of my teen years and a lot of my friends at the time.

I agree with your assessment of the Cassie/Sid scenario. I had a similar reaction, while at the same time also just feeling really sad for Cassie: it was a vat of mixed feelings for me.

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I *just* found out that this show is also primarily written by young people: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/teen-writers-show-their-skins-780666.html

Now I'm even more impressed.

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wow, did not know that! i knew jamie brittain and bryan elsley were son-father, but i didn't realize jamie was so young, either! cool!
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I utterly hated it when I was 16/17/18, so during the first two series. I found it completely unrelated to my own life (schoolwork, limited socialising, lots of weeping), and I think most of my contemporaries also responded to it as a fantasy of 'cool' teenagers, rather than an accurate reflection of teenage life. It also has bizarre lurches in tone that I utterly hated - far too many of the characters (most of the parents and the drug dealer in the first episode for example) were cartoons and the 'serious issues' were mixed up with fantasy (cf. Cassie's stay in a psychiatric hospital post suicide attempt - looks nothing like any hospital I've ever seen) in a way that always struck me as actually quite disturbing. Tony was, though, an interesting character, and they almost made some interesting use of his selfishness in the second series. Almost, though, not actually.

I think maybe some of my response to it was also envy - they had shiny lives (friends, sex, drugs, fun) and I didn't, I had libraries and bluegrass. I think it was in some ways a pressuring show - I did feel that I wasn't a 'proper teenager' for much of my adolescence, and I think representations of teenagers like Skins didn't help. I spent a lot of time in the Sixth Form drafting a series of ripostes to most of the depictions of teenage life I was given, mostly about social isolation and bookishness and horrific unrequited love...

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