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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Meredith Grey - Love Her or Hate Her? I Love Her.

I've recently noticed that a lot of my friends (including some junkettes) and television critics have expressed dislike for Meredith Grey's character (and perhaps even Ellen Pompeo, the actress who plays her).

Well, I LOVE HER. I think she is an interesting, loveable, and complex character, and I think Pompeo is perfect for the role. (She could gain 10 lbs and still be extremely too skinny, but that's another blog.) Meredith is going through a shitty time. Her mom has Alzheimer's, her McDreamy is married to like the best OGBYN in history who also happens to be really hot, and she hasn't spoken to her Dad since she was a child and he is now coming back into her life. Oh yeah, and she made a bad decision to sleep with George and cry midway through. And alienate herself from her friends. But she feels REALLY BAD. And she realizes her own limitations and weaknesses and as George said during last week's episode, she is KIND.

I'll even go so far to say that she is my favorite character on the show. So there.



Blogger Laura Holt said...

I do not hate Meredith Grey as a character. To the contrary, I find her interesting, complicated and sympathetic, and I made many of the points Wilder made when I defended Meredith for sleeping with George. She's seriously messed up! But despite the fact that she's an interesting, well-written character (or perhaps because of it), if she were a friend of mine I'd want to smack her at least twice a day.

As for Ellen Pompeo, her voice kind of bugs and she's so underweight it looks like her hair and skin are paying the price, but I think she's fine in the role.

4/06/2006 10:36 AM  
Blogger Red Fraggle said...

I am on the fence about Meredith. I do like that she is a complex character on television and there are a lot of nuances to her personality. However, I think she is ultimately irresponsible with the feelings of others and quite selfish, and I can't really forgive that. No matter how tough life may be for her I don't think it excuses her carelessness.

However, the one character I beleive is more selfish is McDreamy. It's fine to be at an in-between point with his wife, but his consistent emotional cheating isn't fair to Addison (who I love) or to Meredith. Even more unforgivable.

In the end, this show really does not have a lot of sympathetic characters. George and Preston, I think. That's about it.

4/06/2006 10:37 AM  
Blogger Laura Ingalls Wilder said...

I guess where we disagree, Holt, is that I think I'd like to have her as a friend. She wouldn't annoy me at all in that way.

4/06/2006 10:48 AM  
Blogger Bailey Quarters said...

I don't like her. Admittedly, I'm not a fan of the show and have only seen a few episodes. But what are her good qualities supposed to be? She doesn't come across as particularly interesting or funny or smart or compassionate. Like, would you want to have dinner with her? What would you talk about (other than her)?

4/06/2006 11:02 AM  
Blogger Red Fraggle said...

I think she is supposed to be smart, because she is considered one of the top residents at the hospital. And I guess she is brave (she did stick her hand on the bomb). But you don't even see that much of those qualities.

And I agree with Laura Holt on Ellen Pompeo (I would be surprised if anyone disagreed). Her skeletal frame is painful to look at. And if you think her skin looks bad when you watch, try watching on a big screen HDTV. It's not pretty.

4/06/2006 12:15 PM  
Blogger Julie McCoy said...

You're being too critical of Meredith. Yes, she has her flaws, but perfect people do not make interesting television characters. Meredith reminds me of Carrie Bradshaw from SATC. Just like Carrie, she's smart, kind, and loyal to her friends. Also like Carrie, she's always lovelorn and her biggest fault is her tendency to be self-destructive. I bet that none of you are Carrie-haters. Cut Meredith some slack.

4/06/2006 2:18 PM  
Blogger Red Fraggle said...

I never liked Carrie, actually. I couldn't stand the way she talked--her whole too cool for school attitude really grated on me.

I don't think that Carrie was as careless with the feelings of others as Meredith is. Although she was pretty careless as well (poor Aiden).

4/06/2006 2:35 PM  
Blogger Bailey Quarters said...

Also, she was funnier. I guess what it boils down to is that a sense of humor and a quick wit go a long way with me. I'm probably a sociopath.

4/06/2006 2:46 PM  
Blogger Julie McCoy said...

Red -- If you never liked Carrie, you are a lost cause.

4/06/2006 3:37 PM  

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