In honor of The Hills finally starting to end tonight, someone, somewhere decided to do a big favor to fans everywhere, and create this hilarious viral video of little kids reenacting The Hills.
Now, I’m not gonna lie. My girlfriends and I used to watch The Hills in college. In fact, I actually went to college with one of the current stars – Lo Bosworth, although my only interaction with her was at a few functions I attended with friends who were in the fraternity counterpart to her sorority.
But, my brush with faux-lebrity aside, I did watch The Hills for a while. And, for a while, it felt like a mirror of exactly what my girlfriends and I were going through – internships, boy drama, balancing school and work, the usual growing up and finding yourself stuff.
Now, of course, it’s become more like those fun-house mirrors that distort your looks and make you all dizzy and nauseated if you stare at them for too long. But back then, when the focus was on a college student and her friends trying to achieve their ambitions, it was a fun, somewhat aspirational take on moving away from home, going after what you want and growing up in the process.
Now, as the series comes to a close, I can’t help but feel just the tiniest twinge of emotion about it. After all, these girls are exactly my age. Like me, they went to school, moved to Hollywood, achieved some success, struggled to stay balanced, drifted apart from old friends, made new ones, etc.
Of course, when I was lusting after Louboutins, they were wearing them. And, my boy drama only rarely involved the kind of folks you’d be likely to see in Us Weekly the next day (the details of that situation are a whole other blog post).
Still, I can’t help but have felt a little bit of an affinity with the girls on The Hills – made all the more so with the memory of ‘girls night’ spent eating junk food and drinking cheap champagne in my dorm room while watching their antics.
All of which makes me feel just a little bit like tonight’s premiere of the final season is more than just the welcome end to a series long past its prime – it’s one more nail in the coffin of my college-era youth. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all, as that video proves, that behavior is only cute on a little kid. And, as much as I hate to admit it, I’m not really a little kid any more.