It spoke directly to those of us on the borderlands between generation X and Y, growing up with the shadows of Kurt Cobain, Tupac and Biggie looming large, who could relate to “The Truth About Cats and Dogs” and “Reality Bites” as well as “The Craft” and “10 Things I Hate About You,” who could identify with the screaming discontentment of the 1990s but could also feel the lighter, more hopeful influence of the easygoing and revirginized 2000s.
I agree with Peterson. Daria is a Generation X icon, but she’s millennial, too, I think. If for some reason you don’t remember Daria, it was an animated series that aired from 1997 to 2002. Daris Morgendorffer was a smart, acerbic and misanthropic teenage girl who observes the world around her. The show was set in fictional Lawndale and was a satirical commentary on high school life, and as such full of pop culture critique.
Were you a fan of Daria?