It’s not worth it to waste your HBO Max free trial to watch the few minutes of John Oliver that aren’t on Youtube. It is so worth it to use every second of that trial watching their new show, I May Destroy You, created, written, and starring Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum).
The show begins following Arabella (Coel), a young writer, as she ends her three-month ‘work’ stay in Italy on her publisher’s dime, with no manuscript to show for it and a deadline the next morning. Arabella spends hours trying to write, before giving in to a night of partying instead. At the club, she ends up getting drugged and raped, which changes her life entirely. But that’s just the first episode. From there the show details the aftermath of the rape and its impact on Arabella’s life, relationships, mental health, and writing career. It is a welcome and powerful addition to the #Metoo-era responsive art.
Like HBO’s Girls, the show lets its viewers inside the world of young influential writers. Arabella is commissioned to write a non-fiction novel after the success of her first book, “Chronicles of a Fed-Up Millennial” which she claims she wrote for Twitter. The book’s influence is undeniable in the show, as women stop Arabella in the street and quote full paragraphs they’ve memorized.
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There are two other major books that appear throughout the season, one being Arabella’s WIP and the other is a book called “The Sundial” written by another character in the show (no spoilers!). The books are so popular and discussed, they feel real. Plus, they have amazing covers:
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So @MichaelaCoel if you’re looking for another project, there are a lot of fans out there who would love to get a copy of Arabella’s life as a book. Movies and TV shows are usually based on books, but why, just this once, can’t it be the other way around?