Did Daria Age Well?


What with all the nostalgia surrounding the rerelease of Titanic, Gloss EIC Jennifer Wright decided to revisit another cornerstone of her teen years: Daria. Unfortunately, the experience of watching now wasn’t quite how she remembered. Here, she and Deputy editor Ashley Cardiff discuss teen angst, Holden Caulfield and how the things you liked as a teenager were dumb.

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    • sara

      Oooh I also tried rewatching Daria in the last year. I found her to be–insufferable!!!

      A big leap for me, considering I spent my teen years convinced I was Jane and my best friend was Daria.

      I guess that’s what some life perspective does for you.

    • Lauren

      I actually can still watch Daria. I no longer relate to her at all, but it’s still pretty funny sometimes.

      Also, my friend got me the complete series on DVD and due to copyright issues they couldn’t put the original music in. So every time they played a song it was replaced with some random stock crap. It pretty much ruined it.

      • Ashley Cardiff


      • Stephanie Kornblum

        I KNOW! I bought the complete series DVD a few months ago and my friend Kate and I were all WTF. But yeah, I still watch and love (and relate) to Daria. I guess I just haven’t grown up yet.

    • porkchop

      You don’t -outgrow- the angst and intensity of youth (unless you really are dead inside) because -if- you grow up, you develop enough empathy to care about problems you don’t have any more.

      “. . .people tend to grow up pretty much the way they began; and hidden somewhere inside every bluff or quiet man and woman I know, I think, is the fully formed, but uncompleted, little boy or girl that once was and will always remain as it always has been, suspended lonesomely inside its own past, waiting hopefully, vainly, to resume, longing insatiably for company, pining desolately for that time to come when it will be safe and sane and possible to burst outside exuberantly, stretch its arms, fill its lungs with invigorating air, without fear at last, and call:
      ‘Hey! Here I am. Couldn’t you find me? Can’t we be together now?’”
      –Joseph Heller (_Something Happened_)

      • LCT

        Yeah, everybody! Your inner child wants to break free like the alien-spawn in Alien!

        I think you do outgrow angst. Eventually, you learn to see other perspectives and can comprehend that most issues aren’t as simple or cut-and-dry as you used to think. And a lot of times, The Man doesn’t give a shit about you, let alone care enough to “keep you down.”

    • Elizabeth

      Watching Beetlejuice is almost painful, because Lydia went from being the coolest girl ever to just a faux-emo overprivileged teenage goth. Her father is like, “Why don’t I build you a professional dark room in the basement? You are passionate about photography and I believe in your talent and think you could be a serious artist some day and want to support you.” And she’s just kind of a sarcastic, ungrateful bitch about it.

      Beetlejuice would be painful, except it’s OK, because her mother is my freaking idol now. Kathleen O’Hara as Delia Deetz was gorgeous and crazy and had the most amazing style ever. She wore leather gloves tied around her head like a headband, and one giant shoulder poof and one opera glove, and red lipstick in every scene. She made giant, disturbing sculptures and liked the sauce and was in Vanity Fair and thought having ghosts in the house was the chicest thing ever, and all her friends were weird and fascinating.

      • porkchop

        I loved her gloves-as-headband look too!

        But I also loved flannel Alec Baldwin and his simple, country ways.

      • Jennifer Wright

        I am making Kathleen O’Hara in Beetlejuice our next style icon. Everything about her is amazing.

    • Jeff Spicoli

      Uh… Yes…

      If you want to see something that aged ‘bad’ just take a look Lil Bush.