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Jane Lane: The Best Friend You Wish You Had

Photo via imdb.com

Photo via imdb.com

I may have aspired to be Daria, but I feel that I and most people were much more similar to her best friend Jane Lane.  Like Daria, Jane didn’t care about what people thought of her, but she was more easygoing and had a sense of humor about everything.  She wasn’t as openly misanthropic as Daria.  Instead she stood quietly in the background and watched the stupidity around her.  I always thought she was the coolest character on the show.  She wasn’t a one dimensional character. She was an artist, a runner, had a great sense of humor,  had a unique look, came from an interesting family and was a loyal friend to Daria.

Even Katy Perry idolizes Jane.  Photo via hollywoodlife.com

Even popstars idolize Jane Lane. Katy Perry’s costume from Halloween 2012. Photo via hollywoodlife.com

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MTV’s Cartoon Heroine Daria Morgendorffer

Photo via mtv.com

Photo via mtv.com

I know it’s a cliché at this point to say that Daria is an inspiration.  I mean, every brunette who wears glasses proudly boasts about her connection with the sardonic late 90s MTV heroine.  The entire point of the show was to make outsiders feel like there was someone out there who understood them.  As a shy, sensitive, introverted, socially awkward, yet thoughtful and perceptive kid, I instantly idolized Daria.  The character of Daria Morgendorffer seems like an unlikely icon for a generation of young women, given her origins.  Daria first appeared as a recurring character on one of the most male-centric shows in history, “Beavis and Butt-Head.”  According to Abby Terkuhle, MTV’s Senior Vice-President at the time, the character of Daria was created because they wanted “a smart female who could serve as the foil.”   Continue reading