YAB Review: “The Carrie Diaries”

Today's post comes from Youth Advisory Board member Maddie, 18, who's been following the new series "The Carrie Diaries", on the CW network. The series is a prequel to "Sex and the City" and follows the character of Carrie Bradshaw during her junior year of high school in the early 1980s. Originally a novel by the author of "Sex and City", Candace Bushnell, the young Carrie asks her first questions about love, sex, friendship and family while navigating the worlds of high school against the backdrop of Manhattan.

YAB Review: “The Carrie Diaries” 

To say that “The Carrie Diaries,” The CW’s prequel to “Sex and the City,” had big Manolo Blahniks to fill would be an understatement. Fans of the original show, myself included, have six captivating seasons and two movies to compare this to. While it could have easily gone sour fast, a la so many prequels and sequels before it, “The Carrie Diaries” has proved itself in the five episodes aired thus far as a tantalizing glimpse into Carrie’s early life. We have seen her first kiss, her first bad-boy relationship, and best of all, her first adventures in New York City. The show follows Carrie as she splits her time between an internship in the city and attending high school in her hometown of Castlebury, CT, while also juggling friends, a rebellious little sister, and the grief that accompanied the recent death of her mother.

While the show has received mixed reviews so far, what the critics seem to be holding on to is the fact that it’s not an exact replica of its predecessor – but that is not how the show should be viewed. Yes, there are obvious discrepancies – I sometimes find myself wondering what happened to Dorrit and wasn’t Carrie’s father the missing parent? But these details do little to detract from the show’s appeal. Viewers will…

 
 

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