My mad fat diary

(70 Posts)
Blondeshavemorefun Tue 15-Jan-13 00:30:36

Thought was brilliant. Very touching and makes you feel sorry for Rae / but gawd she's got guts like the duke box saga - slide in pool and downing a pint of snakebite

God I rem that drink !!!

Based on a true story/diary

Her mum made me laugh with the bloke in the boot - recognised her / what else has Claire rushbrook been in?

Series linked on planner / prob more fun then girls which was also on tonight

Well worth watching this if you missed tonight's

Reminded me of a female Adrian mole tho tad older but also the humour of inbetweeners

I've just watched it as recorded it from earlier.

I'm not sure what I think of it as yet though I agree to do all that she was very brave.

Booyhoo Tue 15-Jan-13 00:49:28

have to disagree. found it dull as fuck tbh. i know quite a few 15/16/17 year olds aswell and think they'd be switching over too.

Blondeshavemorefun Tue 15-Jan-13 05:43:32

Really boo??

Guess gave me an insight to being young and not one of the 'in' crowd

And a case of love yourself and others will as well smile

diddl Germany Tue 15-Jan-13 08:19:26

Can´t remember the names of all the programmes I´m thinking of, but she was in Whitechapel, something about a group of friends where someone dies (her character´s husband?), Carrie & Barry, & something with Liza Tarbuck some time ago.

JakeBullet Tue 15-Jan-13 08:26:05

Am still to watch it. The main character is being played by someone who I talk to via Twitter occasionally. Am wantinv good reviews for her as she seems lovely.

Booyhoo Tue 15-Jan-13 09:15:16

i found it upsetting. definitely not funny. some of it was way to try hard. i dont mean the actual events, as i could easily see them happening, i mean the way it was scripted. not convinced by the actress. i dunno. maybe i'm coming at it from the wrong place/angle. it's just my take on it.

Blondeshavemorefun Tue 15-Jan-13 10:07:12

thanks diddl and jake see what you think

CinnamonCandle Tue 15-Jan-13 19:37:23

I liked it. Agree it's somewhere between Adrian Mole and Inbetweeners grin . Music good too. But wonder if I liked it as a 40something then its target audience (15-24 yr olds??) won't like it...

Blondeshavemorefun Tue 15-Jan-13 20:09:15

almost 40 - prefer 20/20 grin

JakeBullet Tue 15-Jan-13 22:42:39

Absolutely loved it and thought Sharon Rooney was fabulous.

Hermionewastherealhero Tue 15-Jan-13 22:48:52

I loved the sound track best of all!

FrillyMilly Fri 18-Jan-13 21:49:13

I liked it although it reminded me of being a teen and desperately wanting to fit in. It didn't remind me of the inbetweeners at all.

The mum was in mrs Biggs.

trofeewife Sat 19-Jan-13 05:05:12

I really liked it.
Thought Rae was brilliant.

I quite like it.

However, her mum is going to slowly drive me mad.

I am 23 so inside the target age range.

diddl Germany Thu 24-Jan-13 10:47:07

Finally got around to watching the first.

It made me laugh although some of the voiceover language was a bit cringey for me (nearly 50).

I´d watch it again, but wouldn´t be too bothered if I missed it iyswim.

I want to slap her Mumblush

Wonder if she was/is that bad or if it´s the daughter´s perception.

CinnamonCandle Sat 26-Jan-13 09:22:38

Lollipop that's good to know someone a bit younger than me enjoyed it! I liked episode 2 as well.

ppeatfruit Sat 26-Jan-13 13:42:16

Iam definitely not in the target age group but am watching because DD1 is editing. The actress is 22 and looks it (she is very good and a younger girl would probably not be able to act as well) but her age may make it hard for the younger audience to identify with her. Iam enjoying it; it's well directed and written on the whole.

Agree the mother is very hard to like but then her DD wouldn't be so messed up if she'd been more sympathetic (hopefully). BTW It is true.

floatinglotus Sat 26-Jan-13 13:52:19

Love this show, I had mental health problems as a teen (late 20s now) so I can say that it's really convincing and relatable. Massive well done to all involved, especially Sharon Rooney.

InNeedOfBrandy Sat 26-Jan-13 14:01:20

I am 24 and I liked it.

I liked the mum to thought she was funny, the on the run from immigration comment and £35 pounds worth of food being chucked back on the table did make me crack up.

Blondeshavemorefun Sat 26-Jan-13 17:28:35

yes based on a true story/diary so think the mum was as bad as portrayed

littlebrownmouse Sat 26-Jan-13 17:32:27

I've only seen the first episode but read the book ages ago and really enjoyed it. I'd have thought the target age would be people who were teenagers then (late 30s, early 40s) rather than people who are teenagers now.

BikeRunSki Brazil Sat 26-Jan-13 17:49:32

I read the book about 5 years ago; it reminded me of myself! I am enjoying the TV series, but I have a feeling the book was set earlier - mid 80s rather than mid 90s, although that would not give it such a good soundtrack.

littlebrownmouse Sat 26-Jan-13 18:50:54

I thought the book was set earlier too. Keep meaning to get it out to check.

out2lunch Sun 27-Jan-13 23:02:46

i like it - find it sad rather than funny though

her mum used to do sainsburys ad mum iirc

UrsulaBuffay Sun 27-Jan-13 23:08:40

It would have such an amazingly better soundtrack if truer to the book IMHO! So annoyed Rae is supposed to love bleeding oasis rather than the smiths. The time is now is her song!! So disappointed having adored the book for a few yrs now.

i think it's ok, i'll watch it, but it just doesn't measure up to the book, imo.

but then, that's always the way, isn't it?

thenightsky Sun 27-Jan-13 23:49:23

I'm watching as I work for the NHS Mental Health Trust that the writer was in the care of. I'm trying to work out which psychiatrist she saw grin

Blondeshavemorefun Mon 28-Jan-13 00:19:19

Same as little brown mouse / don't think teenagers would relate to it - where I can being almost 40 more mature smile

BikeRunSki Brazil Mon 28-Jan-13 18:31:06

Yes, I agree that The Smiths suit Rae better then Oasis. But Radiohead and the Stone Roses do too (and make me happy in a nostalgic way).

BikeRunSki Brazil Mon 28-Jan-13 18:32:02

Definitely aimed at 40 somethings not teens!

BikeRunSki Brazil Tue 29-Jan-13 07:10:02

iirr all that fuss about Knebworth last night was actually The Smiths in the book (which turned out to be The Family Smith, something else completely.)

DH was watching with me and when they had the footage of Knebworth he was saying "that's my cheering there".

snowiceslush Tue 29-Jan-13 13:11:45

How many episodes has there been? I watched for the first time last night and thought it was sad but very good. Would like to catch up on what I've missed. I didn't know there was book - I will have to buy it now.

Blondeshavemorefun Tue 29-Jan-13 13:16:11

3rd one was last night

snowiceslush Tue 29-Jan-13 13:25:04

Thanks Blondeshavemorefun. smile
Will go and google to see if there anyway I can catch up on the two episodes that I have missed.

ViviPru Tue 29-Jan-13 15:04:11

I've gotten sucked in. It's not the most amazing piece of drama ever, but I find it compelling. I was a year older than her character at the time, went to Oasis at Knebworth and everything. I battled with my weight and my best friend was the school heartthrob. I was the joker with all the boys. I had a lot more self esteem though. Thanks to my parents.

I definitely think its aimed at 30 somethings.

theydontlikeitupem Tue 29-Jan-13 21:12:59

ViviPru, me too. I was 15 at the time, and the same weight. With a skinny popular best friend. I can identify with a lot of it. Will buy the book on Kindle in a bit.

qo Tue 29-Jan-13 21:15:21

I've just watched the 2nd episode (about to watch the third)

WTF was all that with Archie peeping? Rae thought he was a pervert until she found out he was gay - then it was like "oh its perfectly OK to spy on other people in the shower because you're gay"

qo Tue 29-Jan-13 21:15:39

forgot to say - apart from that I am enjoying the show

PimpMyHippo Tue 29-Jan-13 21:24:43

I quite enjoyed the book - well, enjoyed might not be the right word, as it was almost uncomfortably familiar (I was a mad fat teenager not too long ago!) - but I haven't found the series to be as good. Maybe just because it wasn't the same as I'd imagined it, and there are quite a lot of differences to the book.

FWIW, I read an interview with Rae Earl herself in which she said that she and her mum get on well now, and that in her diary she definitely made her mum out to be worse than she really was. Remember that it's all from teenage Rae's point of view, so it's quite biased.

I can sort of relate - I was the big girl among my friends (still am, but shrinking smile) and have had some self-esteem/borderline MH issues due to extensive bullying through school. I've been to Knebworth too (but not to see Oasis) grin

I think it is more aimed at those in their 30's, but depending on what you've been through in life, you might be able to relate to it at a younger age, like I do.

Blondeshavemorefun Wed 30-Jan-13 14:16:26

chloe is selfish

why didnt rae put her coat round her waist when she had a leak with af?

but yah she got her hero to stand up for her

im really enjoying this - female Adrian mole smile

diddl Germany Wed 30-Jan-13 14:32:55

Chloe pregnant by teacher??

Hope he was prosecuted at the time!!

Mayanbob Wed 30-Jan-13 20:52:16

I wasn't ever particularly fat, but I was definately mad, although probably 3 or so years later than Rae's tale is set. Find the whole thing pretty familiar and unsettling because of it -but think Rae is brilliant.

The first episode was a bit clunky, but loved the second one. not sure how much i'll watch though, as a bit close to home. Or does that make me a wuss?

YouOldSlag Wed 30-Jan-13 21:59:26

I must say, I was very disappointed. The book is one of my favourite books ever. It is hilariously funny, set in the 80s, with 80s music anfd fashions, and I did not recognise any of the characters in the TV series from the book.

I stopped watching about 20 minutes in because it was talking down to the viewers as if it was made for 14 year olds. The graphics and the voice over was really written for teens.

The book was brilliant and the TV series changed almost everything except Rae and her Mum. I stopped watching because I want the book to stay special and I knew that the TV version was ruining it for me.

It is targeted for people in their late 30s/early 40s who remember being teens in the 80s. Except they changed the setting to the 90s and targeted an audience of teens who weren't even born then. They balled it all up if you ask me.

I cannot recommend the book highly enough, but stop watching the TV version because it will ruin it for you.

Blondeshavemorefun Wed 30-Jan-13 23:14:46

As always books and tv never tally up

I try and not do both as always end up disappointed sad

YouOldSlag Thu 31-Jan-13 09:40:48

I don't recognise any of the storylines at all. It's as if the screen writer took two characters out of the book, didn't bother reading the rest, and just wrote a completely different version.

The names have been changed, the characters have been changed, the plot has been changed, the events have been changed, and it has been put in the 90s instead of the 80s.

LetsKateWin Sat 09-Feb-13 08:06:00

I haven't read the book...i have it when the televised version doesn't live up to the book.

I'm catching up now and really enjoying it. I've been singing about being in love with Pandora in my head.

AngelWreakinHavoc Sat 09-Feb-13 08:14:34

I have not read the book either but I am enjoying watching the tv show.

YouOldSlag Sat 09-Feb-13 14:15:13

Try the book. It made me cry with laughter. The TV series just left me feeling annoyed.

It's as if they took the story of Oliver Twist, made him a girl, set it in modern times, gave him an affluent upbringing where he never had any problems, and set it in Jamiaca and then still called it Oliver Twist.

THAT'S how far away it is from the book.

Booyhoo Sat 09-Feb-13 14:21:20

i'm glad to see that the show is very unlike the book because if it was close to the true story then it would seem rae had a really bad attitude. she's not a likeable character in the series.

the acting in the house party episode was awful

YouOldSlag Sat 09-Feb-13 14:38:21

Yes I agree. In the book she has a sort of vulnerability. She comes across as bolshy and loud in front of people but when she's alone she wants to look pretty and have a boyfriend. In the TV series she was just bolshy and sullen.

Booyhoo Sat 09-Feb-13 14:50:26

yes that's it you.

also, that scene where she walked into the leisure centre and threatened to punch the person behind the desk was awful. did that happen in the book?

YouOldSlag Sat 09-Feb-13 15:22:55


Booyhoo Sat 09-Feb-13 15:30:39

i wonder why they did that. i'm guessing the real rae earl was involved in the making of the show and agreed this should go in. i just wonder why they did it? it was uncomfortable viewing tbh. i could understand if they were staying true to the book but to add something like that is odd.

Empress77 Sat 09-Feb-13 15:45:06

I love the show - but havent read the book so am not put off by differences. I was Raes age when I went to Knebworth & was so gutted for her that she didnt go! Love remembering all the music of my younger days, good times! Really really want her to get a nice boyfriend!

YouOldSlag Sat 09-Feb-13 16:56:01

She's not violent in the book and never goes to a leisure centre. The show had a different screenwriter who wasn't Rae Earl so I'm not sure what she would have made of that.

MadameBoolala Sat 09-Feb-13 21:00:26

I think this is wonderful.

chocoluvva Sun 10-Feb-13 01:13:21

Loving it, but I haven't read the original.

Fantastic acting. DD who is 16 is enjoying it too.

out2lunch Wed 13-Feb-13 19:06:42

Still loving this -gets better every week
I am really.tempted to get the book - think I will once the series ends

Blondeshavemorefun Mon 18-Feb-13 23:49:58

Last one tonight

What did you think of ending?

Booyhoo Mon 18-Feb-13 23:54:29

did she really hijack her mum's wedding reception like that?

i dislike her character more and more with every episode. really thought i would grow to like her but it hasn't happened.

i thought tonight's episode was really good, actually- this series has really grew on me.

<still prefer the book, though!!>

out2lunch Tue 19-Feb-13 16:07:01

Blimey my stomach did a flip on the bridge part

I thought the ending was a bit so so but paved the way for a second series

Blondeshavemorefun Tue 19-Feb-13 21:40:36

i did think she woffled a bit at her mums wedding, but she gave her blessing

did like the flashbacks into the future if rae was dead

assume her anorexic friend is still in a coma sad

imawigglyworm Tue 19-Feb-13 21:48:28

I dont think was announced til yesterday that there was going to be a second series so I guess they ended it like that so the story was finished incase there wasnt.
I loved it (although didnt see the first episode) and thought Sharon Rooney is a great actress, cant wait til the next series.

Booyhoo Tue 19-Feb-13 22:48:55

did people genuinely think that was good acting from SR? i'm really shocked by this tbh and no-one i know IRL has watched it so that i could get their opinions. i felt continually let down by the acting. i really expected far better.

out2lunch Tue 19-Feb-13 22:51:24

I thought the acting was great - very natural

Booyhoo Tue 19-Feb-13 23:14:45

see i thought the opposite. i saw alot of her responding to lines before they were said and alot of repitition of the same expressions where they weren't a natural expression for what was being said. it all felt very GCSE drama class to me.

chocoluvva Wed 20-Feb-13 12:15:25

I know what you mean about the repetition of facial expressions - she rolled her eyes and looked sideways a lot.

I thought all the young people in it were very natural and believable.

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