The Hills Guide For A Successful 2013

The Tao of Lauren Conrad
The Tao of Lauren Conrad never fails.

Now you have survived the first day of the new year, it’s time to think about the next 364 days. I recently rewatched all of the great MTV reality show, The Hills. No, I’m not being sarcastic. It really is great and the longer it has been off the air, the more relevant is becomes. Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch but nothing matches the sheer brilliance of the first season. This is before Speidi, before the timeless “You know what you did!” fight, and before Kristin Cavallari ruined everything.

In a mere 10 episodes, our heroine Lauren Conrad struggles to balance her “hectic” life, Heidi Montag is endearing, Audrina Patridge has almost no screen time (LC didn’t need a new best friend until season 3) and Whitney Port makes funny faces. It’s awesome and it offers us so much fantastic advice for how we should handle the new year.  Continue reading “The Hills Guide For A Successful 2013”

The Hills: Remember When?

I was pleasantly surprised when I turned on the television this morning and discovered that an all day marathon of The Hills was on MTV. It wasn’t an episode from this mostly crappy sixth season (hello Heidi 3.0). Instead I was treated to an early episode of season 1, when Lauren (who was still LC at that point) had just moved to L.A. and everything seemed glorious. Lauren began her career as an intern for Vogue magazine,  made her way through the L.A. club scene, had unfortunate relationship after unfortunate relationship, and a phenomenon was born.

I sat mesmerized. I had forgotten that at one point The Hills was a good, entertaining reality show. I never once believed that The Hills was “real” (this behind the scenes look at the show proves it) but that didn’t stop me from becoming completely engrossed by this show.

I grew up along with The Hills. Laguna Beach, the show that first introduced us to Lauren Conrad, Kristen Cavallari, Lo Bosworth, and yes, even Heidi Montag, first aired when I was still in high school. The Hills began when I started college. For people my age (those who care about the lives of twenty-somethings living in L.A.) The Hills is a defining television show – of the reality genre, of quick rises to celebrity, and of the of becoming tabloid fixation.

Of late, I’ve watched The Hills less and less. The media hype surrounding the show became bigger than the show itself and I stopped caring.

But what is strange is that I am actually going to miss The Hills once the final episode airs on Tuesday. It had its fair share of water cooler moments. When Lauren chose love instead of an internship in Paris, the “you know what you did” yelling match between Heidi and Lauren, Spencer’s beard, one of Lady Gaga’s first television appearances – it all happened on The Hills.

Lauren Conrad is the next Virginia Woolf

Lauren Conrad, the star of the fake-reality show The Hills is now an author. Her first book is called L.A. Candy, the story of a girl who unexpectedly finds herself the star of a reality show. Gee. I wonder where she got that brilliant idea. 

It irks me that this girl who about as much personality as tofu has gotten so many perks from that craptastic reality show. I understand why it is this way. But it is incredibly frustrating when you’re actually working towards something and then this girl who has done nothing except star on reality shows and “go to fashion school” gets a three-book deal. And she can’t even come up with an original story.