Question of the week: do you need to be in it?

As if HBO’s Girls wasn’t annoying enough people this week, one of its writers (presumably white, upper middle class, etc) has complained about the movie Precious on the grounds that “I didn’t see me in it”. Now leaving aside the issue of whether she was, as she claimed, being ironic (bloody hipsters), that leads us nicely into this week’s question:

Do you need to be ‘in’ a drama to enjoy it? Does there have to be a point of identification for you? And in more general terms do you feel the need to be represented in drama in general – if not in every drama, at least in some?

Personally, I’d cringe seeing someone like myself on screen. But how about you?

Answers below or on your own blog, please


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.