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If you could see your future before your past - would you?
Sex and the City has not only captured the hearts of many audiences worldwide for the past 15 years, it has been awarded with 37 wins and 128 award nominations since it first aired in 1998. Since the show ended in 2004 there have been two additional movies that have reached the box office and have had outstanding feedback. Now over a decade later a new show based on the same books written by Candace Bushnell are now being interpreted into a new series which spreads light on the life of Carrie Bradshaw in her younger years before she found fame, sex and friends in New York's Manhattan.

Carrie Bradshaw
Sarah Jessica Parker VS. AnnaSophia Robb

The first season first episode has only just only begun and already has been receiving a lot of exquisite feedback. Young Carrie, played by AnnaSophia Robb, evidently plays a teenager who has just lost her mother and takes on the big responsibility of having to look out for her younger sister as a mother figure, whilse at the same time she is trying to make her mark in the city of Manhattan where she stumbles upon an interviewer of a big time fashion magazine. All in all she still has the wonders and innocence of being young and trying to figure out what her stance is in the world.

The Carrie Diaries is based in the early 1980's and relives all the hip and funky trends that were in fashion back then. The whole concept of setting is very precise and it really sets the place and mood, taking a lot of people back to those days and reminiscing on what they were like.

Throughout the first episode, the obvious themes that are intact are sex, death and coming of age. Carrie is vibrant and strong but she is still a teenager that wants to feel like she belongs somewhere and throughout the season she will of course develop as a character.

The Carrie Diaries is not your typical teenager hyped up television series, but instead grasps the concept of life and reality yet put into a context where it's not only something to relate to but enjoyable also.

Audiences these days want to be captivated and want to see something exciting and quick paced let alone something that can be relevant to them.

New York City

Miguel Arteta, who is the director of this new series, has worked on well-known television sitcoms like The Office, Ugly Betty and Nurse Jackie, and these all possess a different genre and audience opposed to the other. Their job in each sitcom is to initiate some built up stance and object to pursue the result and outcome they desire. Arteta obviously has quite a lot of experience but he also has to guide the every move of what anticipation holds up next.

Clearly Sex and the City was a major hit. It was something people never thought to write about or put to air because it was explicit and raunchy but the response it created over its seven year run was substantial.


The Carrie Diaries is more bitter sweet and innocent. I wouldn't exactly recommend it as a show to watch with the family Ė it may or may not get a little awkward, but it is something that it's directed audience would watch and love.

Manhattan, the city of dreams

Throughout Sex and the City, older Carrie Bradshaw is full of light and life and she is warm and witty but she possesses a life that younger Carrie never dreamed she would live. She is a big time novelist and eye of the press in Manhattan when she's older and living the life but as young Carrie she didn't even consider the fact that she would ever live in the big city, let alone follow in her mother's footsteps.

Definitely a must watch. Check it out, compare it and decide what differentiates the both shows that are based on the same character. Maybe it's too late to go back and find out about young Carrie Bradshaw after most have already seen what she turns out to be when she's older. But think of it like this, if you could sit behind a television screen and watch your future before your past would you want to take a peek?
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I've seen one episode of The Carrie diaries and love it! Great article.
by Ms. Samantha (score: 2|362) 2003 days ago
nifty analogy and well-written article :)
by Joy (score: 3|1890) 2003 days ago
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