|Believe it or not, I owe quite a bit to that show!|
What was it? Well, when I was younger, before I became a Hilary Duff fan, I had certain forms of entertainment I liked, just like I do now. However, instead of it bringing me and my friends together, it mostly drove a wedge between my classmates and I. Why? Well, all the entertainment I liked was at least one of four things: classic, obscure, a computer/video game, and/or widely seen as immature and/or childish by my peers. What made things even worse was that I didn't want to talk about anything else, leaving all my classmates wondering what on earth I was talking about, if they even wanted to talk to me.
However, Lizzie McGuire changed all of that. I still remember what led to me getting into it: Back in fall of 2002, I was lost because my then-favorite show, Growing Pains, was taken off of ABC Family quite abruptly. I didn't know what to do; I felt like throwing my TV into the dumpster. That all changed when a kid my mom was taking care of, who was a few years younger than me, showed me a little show called Lizzie McGuire. It took more than one viewing to make me a fan; in fact, the first episode I saw was all about Aaron Carter, which led me to think it was the stupidest show on the planet. Boy, did my opinion change on that one.
It wasn't just that show, though. It was that it led my notions about current, non-obscure, non-gaming entertainment had been completely shattered. If it hadn't been for Lizzie McGuire, I wouldn't care at all about Star Wars, superheroes, Victorious, Amy Adams, American Idol, celebrity birthdays, or most of the other things that I currently talk about profusely. That Hilary Duff sitcom was the catalyst that started it all. This may sound stupid, but here it is anyway: If it hadn't been for Lizzie McGuire, I don't know where I'd be right now.