My Mad Fat Diary image + text pairings

Brené Brown quote applied to My Mad Fat Diary

I was reading The Gifts of Imperfection last week and a passage stood out to me as the themes of My Mad Fat Diary. “I’m gonna pair this up with some images from the show,” I said to myself.

"Belonging is the innate human desire to be part of something larger than us. Because this yearning is so primal, we often try to acquire it by fitting in and by seeking approval, which are not only hollow substitutes for belonging, but often barriers to it. Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance."

Brené Brown, Rae Earl and Sharon Rooney are all on Twitter. I uploaded my collage to Flickr and tweeted it to them. And I got a reply from Sharon!

(You know you’ve married the right person when you call him and squeal “Sharon Rooney tweeted me back!” and he’s like, proud of you.)

On Tumblr, the post got 18 notes.

“That’s because Finn isn’t in it,” I thought. So I did an experiment.

While I was trying to choose appropriate screencaps for the “Belonging” collage, I saw the ones of Finn where Rae is telling Izzy about her date with Archie. I grabbed those, too.

“Let’s see how a Finned collage fares...”

It exceeded the number of notes in a couple hours. And netted me six new followers. (It's up to 72 notes.) While an inspiring quote may be smiled upon, what really moves a fangirl is cute boys and FEELS.

I went back to the screencaps site and perused again. What stood out to me was the scene where the lads give Rae a ticket to the Oasis concert. I never noticed while viewing it (which I have multiple times now) just how wistful Chloe looks.

I paired three shots with the exchange Rae and Chloe have at the end of the episode. Since this one was Chloe-centric, I did not expect it to get many notes.

Oh, but it took off. Why? Because in the first frame, Finn is ignoring the Chloe in his lap to look at Rae. (Like, five of the reblogs so far have added text at the bottom just to point this out.)

The fangirls say "no! we shan't have pathos for Chloe!"

(Exceptions, of course.)


Anonymous said...

I'm leaving a comment because of a silly thing really, but after rewatching the show for the nth time I feel the need to point this out, because I've never seen someone else say it in the MMFD fandom :P

I don't think Finn was upset about Rae and Archie, it hadn't been that long since he had met Rae, I'd rather say that he was confused because he knew Archie was gay, so why would he do that so suddenly?

Oh, and I really like the quotes! :)

p.s: I'm sorry for any mistakes, English isn't my first language~

LBC said...

Oh, I'd say he was definitely mostly confused. But I still think upset/unsettled too. Another point could be that knowing Archie was gay, Finn wouldn't approve of something that would get Rae and/or Archie hurt. (Much like Rae was not okay with Archie pulling this with another girl later on...)