My sister and I are prone to long text exchanges about the Mindy Project because we are both crushing HARD on that show. Here’s one from toward the end of the last season. (This an exchange between two 40-ish professional women. It might also be a sign of the end times.)
Sister: Have you watched Mindy?
Me: Actually I am behind. I am so ridic busy right now. I hate it. I just watched the one with the old cop guy. Have you seen this one? I want to discuss, but I don’t want to spoil it if you haven’t seen it.
Sis: Yes I am all caught up. Watch then let’s discuss.
Me: OK. But I want to say that I totally like the direction of this hot older cop dude. Of course we all want Mindy + Danny but they can’t do that too soon or the show will be over. But I like the idea of her going out with someone who is not her usual type (b/c her usual type never works).
Sis: I somewhat agree. But I am too biased on Castellano. But it does make me wish I would have ended up with someone with a fun Staten Island accent because I kind of love it.
The next day…
Me: OK, I saw the most recent. I still like Charlie the Cop guy for maybe the rest of season season. Obvs it’s ultimately Danny + Mindy 4 Ever, but…a totally fun diversion. And we don’t want them to become David and Maddie and get all settled and boring too soon.
Sis: NO!!!! DANNY + MINDY!!!!!!!
Me: The real question I have, and what keeps me watching the show, is: Is Mindy K using Mindy L to make a point about the shallow, narcissistic nihilism of contemporary culture or is she just really, really funny and charming and I’m overthinking (me?). Anyway, I think it’s the tension between these two possibly simultaneously-true interpretations that makes me love the show.
Me: Also, Mindy K has as her Twitter background photo a still from the Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility. Clearly, we are soul sisters.
Sis: Maybe she’ll read your book when it comes out.
Me: Ha. In my dreams. Excuse me while I go die.
Me: Though when I tell people I have a Regency romance novel coming out and they go “huh?” I always say, “It’s like Jane Austen world, but they have sex.” NOT THAT I’M COMPARING MYSELF TO JANE AUSTEN.
Me: But the show is TOTALLY a modern day Austen. Commentary on/parody of on social mores. Romance. Cute clothes.