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Sex and the City Heads Back to School

Candace Bushnell, the author of the book Sex and the City, just signed a deal with HarperCollins Publishers to write a two book series titled The Carrie Diaries, which will be all about Carrie's high school years. Bushnell has always been interested in writing about Carrie's formative years, before she became the sex columnist we all grew to love, before she meet her three best friends, and before she entered into her tumultuous life in the Big Apple.

While I'm all for keeping Sex and the City alive, I'm not so sure how I feel about these books being geared towards teens. As Bushnell states: "Carrie in high school did not follow the crowd -- she led it," but what kind of a lesson does that teach? High school is hard enough as it is, and if these readers look to Carrie as an inspiration, they might be let down as she was still as lost as ever decades after high school, regardless if she was the most popular girl in school. Perhaps I'm reading too far into this, but tell me your thoughts on The Carrie Diaries. Would you be OK with your teenage kids reading these books or do you think most of the readers will be adult fans of the show?


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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
That is awesome. I can't wait to read it. My hubby and I want to know how they all met. I bet this will be made into a tv series or movie.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's still really hard for me to put the show in the right context now knowing that there's going to be a few books about carrie's early years. the worst part is that watching entertainment tonight or the insider or something last night they were talking about making miley cyrus the young carrie and that just DOES NOT rub me the right way - there's NO similarity there and miley has an accent that carrie would NEVER have being a new yorker to the core oh well. i think that i can understand the wish to make this a series that lives for a bit more - but i just don't know if i'll warm up to the prequels...
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
A lot of teenagers are fans of the series, as well. I guess it would depend on whether the books were geared toward younger teens or older.
Muirnea Muirnea 8 years
RockAndRepublic, lol lol. :D I agree that the books are probably going to be badly written because they are just trying to get a story out there because of the movie and they are just trying to make money. And I don't know who will actually read the books, but yeah, I might have a problem with teenagers reading it.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
Sex & the City: Ho'ing it up in High School.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
Ugh, this is the worst idea I've heard in awhile. Can we please leave this franchise alone? The show was fantastic, the movie was fun. While we all love Carrie, I think that most fans would say the friendships were the biggest part of her stories. We got tiny little peaks into our characters pasts on the show, and that was enough. Honestly, I'm more concerned in this case with the integrity of the characters than the influence these books may or may not have on teenage readers. Totally agree with popgoestheworld -- I think this is all about $$
ohjeeze ohjeeze 8 years
"...I think you should be more grounded and sure of yourself before you start to expose yourself to thinking that fashion and sex are the only important things in life." bransugar, have you ever heard of Gossip Girl and those are the better books of the bunch. Sadly most of the young adult books aimed at teen girls are just like SATC. Long gone are the days of Judy Blume, Sweet Valley High, and the Baby Sitters Club. The only thing this series might have over the other books is that Carrie supposedly grew up in a working class family so hopefully she won't be constantly talking about fashion and dropping labels.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I feel like they're just going to milk this for all it's worth. Eh.
bransugar79 bransugar79 8 years
I love sex and the city as much as any other girl but if these book sare going to be marketed to teens I'm thinking that an over haul is in order. If they are going to show Carrie the same way she was in the show only younger then I don't think I'd want my teenager reading it if I had one. I think being a teen aged girl is really hard and it's a time in life and I don't think I want my kids looking to these kinds of people as role models. A lot of the fun of sex and the city is frivilous and I think you should be more grounded and sure of yourself before you start to expose yourself to thinking that fashion and sex are the only mportant things in life
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
I am totally going to read it even tho I know it will be a bad idea regardless of if its for teens or adults. I bet the book will be rushed and not thought out... they are just riding the movie buzz...
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i, for one, am pumped to hear about these books, only because i think bushnell is an awesome writer (not just SATC but also books like 4blondes) and any chicklit makes me happy, so i'm totally down with this as for gearing at teens, i don't think it portrays a bad message - for one, i don't think carrie has ever been "lost"! she's fashionable, fabulous, a good friend, and has a good career that she loves. she was SINGLE for a (long) while, but that doesn't make her "lost"... i think having a book where a successful fabulous woman leads the pack is awesome...i am sick of books about the underdog and about rich bitches. show girls what it's like to be popular in a good way, not a bitchy snobby way!
^ There are nice clip on extensions for a lot less. Jessica Simpson and Paris Hilton make some! I'd actually like to have a look into Carrie's life circa life in the Big Apple. I'm 20 - I don't know if those younger would really care...
CYL CYL 8 years
I love her hair in this photo..would love for my hair to be able to do that... *sigh* no money for extensions :(
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