Welcome to Queer Fudanshi! Let’s Talk! Today, we’re going to be discussing the American Web Series titled Her Story. Specifically, we’re going to talk about Her Story Episodes 1-2.
Her Story is an emmy nominated web series about the dating lives of trans and queer women. The official premise is, “The story Her Story is a 6-episode new-media series that looks inside the dating lives of trans & queer women as they navigate the intersections of desire & identity.”
Mashable.com recently wrote a story about the creators of this show:
“In Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, there’s a scene in which the titular character (played by Jim Carrey) realizes he’s kissed a trans woman. His reaction, which was meant to be comedic, was to throw up, use an entire tube of toothpaste to brush his teeth and burn his clothes and throw them in a trash can.
But what happens to the woman — the subject of Ace Ventura’s disgust — after the film’s punchline?
That question is what inspired Her Story, an Emmy-nominated YouTube series about two trans women in Los Angeles and their dating experiences.”
My Thoughts Before Watching
I’m interested to see this series. I discovered it by chance. I was looking for stories for tomorrow’s Weekly Update and I came across the Mashable article. Luckily, I didn’t look to far into the article, so the story line hasn’t been spoiled. I did see enough about the show though to interest me in watching the series.
If this show was nominated for an Emmy I’m kind of expecting it to be awesome. I hope my high expectations don’t sink the viewing for me.
This is Her Story Episodes 1-2.
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The Talk (Spoilers Ahead):
Just in one episode I can see, this is a good show. Her Story’s first episode has a feeling of being a split up movie. It has the overall grandeur of a movie and not of an episodic series.
The three main characters of Allie, Viloet (Vi), and Page all kept my attention. Ironically, it was Page who got the least amount of time, yet gave me the biggest impression. I already know that I like her. That said, it seems like Vi is the real person to focus on. She seems to be the real lead in this series with everyone surrounding her.
Also, while I was watching I was annoyed, because I knew that I’d seen Vi’s actress, Jen Richards, before. I’m still not sure from where, but I think she might have been in a couple Buzzfeed videos.
Overall, this episode was a good start to the series.
My rating for Her Story Episode 1 is 4 stars out of 5. What’s yours?
I have to fight really hard not to watch the rest of this series. It’s that good.
It uses two extremes with its characters. There are characters who are living their lives as trans people. Then there are people who know nothing about trans people. This then creates a conversation where some are learning from others and some don’t want to learn. I really like that.
The interview date scene was nice and comfortable. It gave me the thought of, “Oh, are they gonna? Is this? I like this.” Which is exactly how the characters were feeling. In addition, the scene where Allie and her friends were sitting around and discussing trans people was offensive, but understandable. They don’t know trans people, so they’re gonna form their own opinions. I think that scene was very realistic and believable.
Let’s be honest, I’ve even been around people who take on these trans-phobic thoughts or joke about trans people because they don’t know any and don’t understand them. From now on, if I come across those type of people, I’ll send this series their way.
My rating for Her Story Episode 2 is 4 stars out of 5. What’s Yours?
Her Story Episodes 1-2 were a delight. I’m happy to have watched the two episodes and to share it with you guys.
If you aren’t fortunate enough to know or have known a trans person this show is a great start. It approaches trans life in different ways so that no one will feel ostracized.
This series deserved that Emmy. It’s almost offensive that the show lost. It is not only entertaining (and very much so), but it is also very important in it’s goal. It’s starting a conversation and letting people ease into the conversation of trans life. I think that’s a beautiful thing.
But what do you guys think? Share your thoughts down below.
Btw, I’m giving the series a QF Star ;).