Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mad Men Yourself

If you are a fan of "Mad Men," then you'll have fun with Mad Men Yourself, an interactive dress-up game featuring illustrations by the fabulous Dyna Moe.

After punching a few buttons, this was my result:

Mad Men Me

I have to say, the results are uncannily accurate. I, too, am freakishly pale, part my hair on the left, have side-swept bangs, wear a lot of dark blue, am in love with my 1928 pen necklace, and would totally stroll into a picnic wearing pearl earrings and carrying a martini.

I was just thinking today of who my favorite "Mad Men" character is. I know a lot of people dislike her, but I really liked Betty Draper at first. The whole "still waters run deep (and crazy)" thing attracted me to her -- I always like that in fictional characters. Plus, I work from home and there are definitely times when I can sympathize with her cabin fever. Betty is no longer my favorite character (which is probably a good thing...), but I'm not sure who to root for. Joan is too retrograde, though I really love her style and looks. I'm not a big fan of any of the male characters. A few years ago, I probably would have sympathized the most with Peggy because I was a young woman trying to climb the rungs in New York City (though I work in journalism, not advertising). That speech that she made in the season two finale really got to me, because I also know on some level what it feels like to suppress or ignore a part of yourself in order to get by in a competitive industry -- and then suddenly realize one day that it's gone forever. But I think Peggy suppresses things a little to well for me to really understand her on a personal level. (And, in my case, suppressing stuff sometimes worked out for the better. For example, I take criticism a lot less personally now!)

Then again, "Mad Men" is an ensemble drama, so it's not like I need to pick and chose. I really love the show and I can't wait for it to return next month!


  1. This is so cool! I'll have to try this out.

    I've only watched season one, so I would have to say I love Betty Draper the most, but that might change when I watch season two.

  2. That is so awesome! I'm totally going to play with this. I love that show--can't wait till it comes back next month.

  3. Maria-Oh cool, another Betty Draper fan! I was beginning to feel like an anomaly!

    If you two haven't heard of it already, you'd probably love Basket of Kisses (, a blog about Mad Men with producer/cast interviews, episode analysis, etc. It's nice to surf while "Mad Men" is on hiatus.

  4. I still haven't watched Mad Men but I spent way too much time making characters with that site. It's so much fun!!
    -Andi x

  5. I've never heard of Mad Men before >_<
    But I played with the interactive game (so fun!) and became a schoolteacher munching a donut while giving a presentation in a sepia room in the morning... can't say it deviates a lot from what I'd usually do XDDD