TV Rewind | The Carrie Diaries: The Sex and the City prequel that tried and failed


Earlier this week, we heard about And Just Like That, one other sequel in the Sex and The City (SATC) universe that we didn’t know we would have liked. SATC had a full life with six seasons and two films, and the lesser-known prequel collection, The Carrie Diaries.

Starring AnnaSophia Robb in the lead function of Carrie Bradshaw, which was famously performed by Sarah Jessica Parker in the HBO collection, The Carrie Diaries lasted for 2 seasons (2013-2014) and left the viewers and critics fairly confused. While The Carrie Diaries was a candy present independently, it had completely no reference to the world of SATC. In my opinion, the present would have accomplished significantly better if they’d simply eliminated all the SATC references.

With And Just Like That including itself into the SATC universe, that is the proper time to mirror on The Carrie Diaries.

What is The Carrie Diaries all about?

The Carrie Diaries units itself up as the prequel to Sex and the City and tries to disclose ‘What made Carrie the way she is’, however in a PG style. Here, we see Carrie residing a easy suburban life along with her father and sister as the household is coping with the tragic lack of the matriarch. There’s a robust Mean Girls kind-of monitor happening at her college, a boy who is sort of a junior Mr Big and the obsession with New York and style remains to be in its preliminary levels.

Carrie is a 16-year-old lady who remains to be discovering her love for style however is aware of that she desires to be a author. Her pal group is sort of various, however in some way, it looks like the present is simply making an attempt to overcompensate for the excessive Caucasian-ness of the HBO collection. Even her household life feels fairly manufactured as the spin-off simply throws out all the backstory that we learnt in SATC.

The Carrie Diaries’ try at inclusivity felt half-hearted. (Photo: The CW)

The characters on The Carrie Diaries

The central character, performed by AnnaSophia Robb, was completely solid nevertheless it was the writing of the character that made the collection fairly alien for the loyalists. While making a spin-off, it’s anticipated that the present might be in comparison with its unique, however on this case, the two have been set in numerous worlds altogether. One lived a not-so-censored life on HBO in the 90s, whereas the different was residing a protected teenage life on The CW (recognized for Gossip Girl) in the mid-2010s. So even the viewers who had as soon as recognized with Carrie and her gang was left dumbfounded once they noticed this vanilla model.

Carrie’s sister Dorrit, performed by Stefania LaVie Owen, is a jaded 14-year-old in her makeup-wearing goth part and her father Tom, performed by Matt Letscher, is making an attempt to regulate two youngsters whereas nonetheless reeling in grief. In all honesty, this complete home-life monitor for Carrie felt prefer it may have been some other teen present, and the identical is true for her college monitor as nicely. Carrie is proven to have a bunch of finest buddies who simply exist to tick-off cliches from an inventory.

The Carrie Diaries tries to kick into the subsequent gear as the protagonist involves New York to start out an internship at a regulation agency, which she quits for a job at a style journal. Here, we meet the present’s most fascinating character Larissa, performed by Freema Agyeman, who introduces Carrie to the world of events and style. In some other present, we might have gone gaga over her, however right here, she seems to be a lite-version of Samantha, and that doesn’t match proper in a present the place we predict a young-Samantha to pop in any second.

What didn’t work for The Carries Diaries?

The Carrie Diaries’ worst enemy was its legacy. The present was burdened with the success of SATC and the movies that adopted. The present was based mostly on creator Candace Bushnell’s e-book of the identical identify. Candance’s e-book Sex and The City was the supply materials for the HBO collection, however all of that background didn’t assist The Carrie Diaries in taking off.

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While the present was making an attempt to relate the backstory of Carrie, it by no means felt true to the character as we had already seen her in her 30s and 40s. Carrie had a famously flawed persona, however her teenage-version was simply one other teen residing in the Eighties.


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