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Why “Girls” got so dark

The second season of “Girls” is over now and despite being at least as controversial as the first, I think one way to understand it — one way to understand how it went from being a series about messy, lost, privileged but relatively normal-grade New York City chicks to something much more difficult and heightened about not-so-normal narcissists and basketcases — is to think about it as reaction to the intense vitriol and passion directed at the first season. Especially the vitriol. (Anyone who has ever read an internet comment knows that a stranger’s hate is more palpable than his admiration. Or as Julia Roberts once put it, “the bad stuff is easier to believe.”)

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