Candace Bushnell on Comparing Carries and Her Next Bradshaw Book — Exclusive
In 1994, then 36-year-old author and journalist Candace Bushnell inaugurated a new column in the New York Observer, titled “Sex and the City.” The following year, the column was published as a book, and the year after that, optioned for television by HBO. Even those of you who have been living under a rock for the past 15 years have likely at least heard of the Sex and the City series, which ran from 1998 to 2004 and then spawned two recent feature films.
On January 14, The Carrie Diaries premiered on The CW — a second series centered on C Bush’s alter ego, Sex and the City heroine Carrie Bradshaw. This time, however, it’s all about the younger years. The day before the premiere, Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with our idol at the TCA convention in Pasadena for an exclusive chat about everyone’s favorite New York City girl.
Not every writer gets to see her alter ego portrayed on TV not just once, but twice! What’s it like to have a teenage version of you and an adult version of you, both on our screens? Do you compare them in your head? I love them both. But I’m a novelist, so really most of my day is spent thinking about the book that I’m working on. So it’s a good question, because I never have really even thought about that.
You’ve had two beautiful actresses, playing a version of you. It’s really quite amazing. But what I think about more is how I had such a great time writing [the book version of] The Carrie Diaries and [follow-up young Carrie Bradshaw novel] Summer in the City. I miss those characters, so for me, writing the books was a way for me to wake up every morning and be with them again.
Are there any more Carrie Bradshaw books to come? Definitely one more. Which I probably will have to start writing tomorrow.
Do you have a title? I’m playing around with something. I’m playing around with this idea of an “It” girl.
So Carrie becomes the “It” girl of a certain time period? I’m leaning towards that. And then of course there will be disasters that come with that.
Will what transpires on the show influence what goes into the next Carrie book? Will the book have to be faithful to whatever happens on the series? I don’t know. I think that they’re two very different media, and it’s a little bit apples and oranges. I think the goal is to make the best show that we can make, and then I want to write the best book that I can write.
And they might contradict each other? They might. I think that’s just the nature of it, and I don’t think it matters. I always feel like the essence of Carrie will be in each, and there’s lots of room for all kinds of different interpretations. It’s storytelling. And if the stories are good and interesting, that’s all that matters.