Fans of the HBO series "Sex And The City" have been buzzing since the announcement of a series that will shed some light on its protagonist's history. "The Carrie Diaries," based on the book by Candace Bushnell, features a Carrie Bradshaw before she met the women that rounded out her foursome, exploring first loves and the pitfalls of adolescence.
Some viewers have taken issue with the writers playing fast and loose with Carrie's backstory from the book and HBO series. In particular, gone are Carrie's father abandonment issues that were so integral to her issues with men, as The CW's series features Carrie growing up under the guidance of a single father.
Still, showrunner Amy B. Harris is hopeful that viewers will understand that the series has a long-term direction true to the spirit of its predecessors. "I knew going in, when I made the decision to follow the book backstory over our series backstory, that there would be people who would be upset," Harris says. "My hope is that they'll give it a try and then feel like that makes a lot of sense for the character that we get to know in the series."
She continued, "We used her dad issues in one scene [in 'Sex and the City'] to kind of explain some issues she had with the Ron Rifkin character, but I personally never felt like it was quite as simple as a dad abandonment issue. Almost all of us in the writers' room, our parents were still together, and we were all totally dysfunctional and crazy in relationships. There are a lot of reasons for why women become afraid of abandonment, or prone to dysfunction."
Harris points out that some continuity conflicts arose between Bushnell's book and her HBO series as well, and that her vision will feature elements of both. "I'm obviously writing a Carrie Bradshaw that I wrote for the series," she says. "It's a little bit of a mixture of it. There are certain things that we fleshed out in the series that were not fleshed out in the book, that I think will be featured here in the show."
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