Katherine Boyle is a writer for The Washington Post’s Style section.
In Season 2 of the HBO series “Girls,” which premieres Sunday, lead character Hannah Horvath gets into a political debate with a Republican. When she says, “You don’t think [my gay roommate] should be able to have, like, a beautiful wedding like all the ones we saw earlier on ‘Say Yes to the Dress’?” the remark might sound familiar. That’s because it echoes a line from Lena Dunham’s Obama campaign advertisement.
Blurring the line between Lena and Hannah, between real life and scripted television, is what Dunham is all about. By mining her personal experiences for material for her barely fictional show, she’s essentially fashioning herself as a reality-TV star. And not just any reality star: Dunham is taking a page from the Kim Kardashian playbook of how to become famous.
Some Americans look down on those who are famous for being famous — unless those people are memoirists writing for New York magazine or telling their stories on premium cable. Go on “The Bachelor” to find fame and love, and you’re a desperate exhibitionist. Tell similar tales of relationship woe in a New York Times “Modern Love” column and — congratulations! — you’re probably well on your way to a book contract.