On the 16th of June 2006, a YouTube user with the screenname lonelygirl15
uploaded a video entitled "First Blog / Dorkiness Prevails"
. In this video, she introduced herself as Bree, a sixteen-year-old self-confessed dork
. More video blogs followed, many also featuring her best friend, Daniel, perhaps better known as Danielbeast.
It wasn't long before viewers began to suspect that the blogs were not genuine, and it was eventually discovered that lonelygirl15
was actually an online TV series created by Miles Beckett, Mesh Flinders, Greg Goodfried and Amanda Goodfried.
The early episodes are all set in and around Bree and Daniel's houses, and mainly deal with relationships between characters. Over time, it is revealed that Bree is a member of a religious cult
, the Hymn of One, and that they want her to take part in a strange ceremony. Everything changed
after episode 65, "Life's Not Fair", when the series took a decidedly dark turn
Along with various friends, such as rich orphan
Jonas and sarcastic "emo
" sexpot Sarah, Bree and Daniel go on the run from the Order of Dederah, an evil secret society
, and discover the sinister truth behind the ceremony.
While the series tends to stay within the grounds of what is technically possible
, the plot is often very implausible
, to say the least. Fortunately, the people behind the show seem to be aware of this
, and the show is certainly not above the occasional Lampshade Hanging
and self-parody. The show's greatest strength is possibly the high level of Character Development
it features, which is usually portrayed realistically. The show also describes itself as "interactive", with fans sometimes being named or even making cameos in the series. However, it is probably best known for being one of the earliest Vlog Series
The show may be watched at its official website
, although this episode listing omits some early episodes (including the first episode) and includes videos from the old OPAPHID Alternate Reality Game
, behind the scenes videos, and some fan videos
. A complete list of episodes, with the original numbering, may be found here
. A character sheet
has been created
The show is sequelled by LG 15 The Resistance
, a Spin-Off
featuring Jonas and Sarah.
This show provides examples of:
- Ambiguous Gender: Bree doesn't really specify whether whether P. Monkey is a boy or a girl.
- Anyone Can Die: So much so that Bree, the main character, dies.
- Are We There Yet?: Said by Bree in "Swimming!".
- The Artifact: P. Monkey and the other stuffed animals don't really fit with the tone once Bree and Daniel have been on the run for a while.
- Artifact Title: Particularly after Bree's death, seeing as "Lonelygirl" refers to her.
- Ascended Meme: "Jennie is a plantcake!", among others.
- Catch Phrase:
- Bree: "Proving science wrong!" (usually with the same low, sing-song tone)
- La Rezisto: "Fight the Order!"
- Edward Salinas: "We will build a stronger community."
- The Hymn of One: "The Hymn of One is fun!"
- Character Blog: It's the entire premise.
- Companion Cube: Bree frequently talks to P. Monkey and the other stuffed animals as if they were real people. The others tend to either play along or get really pissed that she's not taking thing seriously.
- Doing In the Scientist: The revelation at the end of the third season that trait positivity derives from the line of the Goddess Hathor.
- In-Series Nickname: Daniel is frequently called "Danielbeast" after the name of his YouTube channel.
- Intentionally Awkward Title: Several episode titles sound like something a teenager would write for their YouTube videos. This goes as far back as Episode 1: "First Blog / Dorkiness Prevails."
- Jitter Cam: Justified since, In-Universe, these are kids recording their experiences with camcorders.
- Jump Cut: Frequent, fast, deliberate jump cuts are one of the defining characteristics of the series. It also influenced how vlogs are edited today.
- Lie Detector: Bree produces a very low-tech and unconvincing example using Daniel's hand during the initial on-the-run road trip.
- Living in a Furniture Store: In one episode, Daniel investigates Bree's house. It's surprisingly clean for a family who is either kidnapped or on-the-run.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Jonas. His parents "went missing" years ago and he's been alone in their huge house ever since.
- Male Gaze: Sometimes the camera veers in this direction, especially when handled by a guy.
- The Mole: Gemma never actually joins Bree or Daniel, but she helps from a distance. In "Tough Cookie" it's revealed that she works for the Order and isn't even British.
- Mr. Fanservice: Jonas appears shirtless regularly with little provocation.
- Mundane Made Awesome: In the episode "Foosball Battle", a game of table football is portrayed through epic close-ups and accompanied by the William Tell Overture.
- No Theme Tune: There's no title sequence, likely in the name of realism. Most of the music is in-scene or regular pop music.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Occasionally you can hear Bree's accent slip into Jessica Rose's native New Zealander. Justified since Bree was partly raised in New Zealand and the US.
- Scrapbook Story: Lots of videos are on channels other than Lonelygirl15 to show perspectives other than Bree's. Characters with channels include Daniel, Gemma, and Jonas.
- Spin-Off: EQAL seems determined to have a spinoff in as many countries as they could. KateModern for the UK, n1ckola for Poland, and ones being currently developed in Italy and Japan.
- Spoiler Title: Happened lots of times. "Bree's Dad Is Dead" is kind of a giveaway.
- Tone Shift: After "Life's Not Fair," the series turns away from "sitting in front of a camera and talking" and shifts toward an "on-the-run" adventure story.