Having watched most episodes of Sex and the City and both movies, I have always wondered what these 4 beautiful and interesting women (Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda) were like before they came to New York City and/or when they were young in New York City. Although many people might argue that The Carrie Diaries is just redoing or adding to a story that has been done before, I am excited to learn more about Carrie Bradshaw and how she grew up to become the talented writer and fashionista we all know and love.
The sad thing about movies and TV shows is that we only get to see part of the story. Although the Sex and the City movies have not quite lived up to viewers expectations, I feel there is still more of Carrie’s story to be told. How did her past loves affect her relationships with men such as Big and Aiden? How did she become a writer? And how did her striking fashion-sense develop? These are all questions I want answered in the prequel show The Carrie Diaries.
In The Carrie Diaries first episode,it is the early 1980’s and Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) bounces down the street. You can instantly see the connection –albeit small – to the Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City.
It’s the first day of school and Carrie is having a fashion disaster. She cannot find her mother’s treasured purse, which her big sister Dorrit spilled nail polish on and hid. Carrie puts on her mother’s Jackie ‘O’ sunglasses for school and later turns the purse into something fashionable by adding to the polish spill and turning it into wearable art.
In this coming of age comedy/drama, Carrie is in her last year of high school still grieving after the loss of her mother months earlier. She is is happy to be reunited with her friends after summer break, but suffers from some snobby girls at school trying to take advantage of her. After hearing about her friends’ summer, Carrie is left with the impression that she is the only virgin in her group of friends. This is a detail that is dependent on the character of Sebastian Kidd ( Austin Butler) with whom Carrie had her first kiss.
Carrie’s love of New York begins when her Dad lands her an internship at a law firm. At a shopping trip to Century 21, Carrie realizes that what you wear can define you. She journals and thinks out loud like the grown up Carrie of Sex and the City. Her introduction to the fashion world begins when she meets Larissa (Freema Agyeman) who works for Interview Magazine, young Carrie’s bible. Larissa sends her a dress and an invitation to the biggest party she’s ever seen. This is in contrast with the dance at Carrie’s school back in Connecticut, where Carrie has to make a choice of where her future will take her.
I cannot wait to see more of what happens to Carrie in New York City. It may have a well-used connection to Sex and the City, but I think the show stands on its own, ready to reconnect new and younger fans to Carrie Bradshaw and New York City. The Carrie Diaries is on Mondays at 8 pm, 7 pm central on the CW network.