I once was willing to embrace a Sex and the City prequel on HBO (nowhere else) and with a younger cast (late 20s), but a 17-year-old Carrie Bradshaw just sounds obnoxious. Teens aren't mature enough to pull off self-deprecation — one of Carrie's most endearing attributes. And how to approach the subject of teen sex? I'd appreciate some strong safe-sex shout-outs and no sugarcoating. Teens have the most fascinating sex lives if represented frankly. Is Bushnell bold enough?
She's bold enough to try and track back the development of her main, money-making protagonist, one so vividly entrenched in pop culture. But Bradshaw is not spoiled enough to be page-turnable Blair Waldorf, and Bushnell is too spoiled to be as perceptive and engaging as Curtis Sittenfeld (author of Prep). Watch her talk about The Carrie Diaries, and you decide whether it's tailor-made for the screen.