New York Mag Points Out That ‘Carrie Diaries’ Is A Total Sham
11:30 am, January 14th | by Laura Donovan
Those who can’t seem to get over the fact that “Sex and the City” ended nearly a decade ago now have a new show to obsess over. “The Carrie Diaries,” which premieres tonight, follows teenage Carrie Bradshaw as she tries to navigate New York City for the first time ever. But as NY mag points out, the new series has many holes and back story inconsistencies.
“Sex and the City,” which had six seasons, included one episode in which Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Carrie reveals her dad “quit” her and her mother at age five without giving a reason. This doesn’t fit with “The Carrie Diaries” plot, as it’s centered on young Carrie a couple months following her mother’s death. High school student Carrie lives with her dad, who seems fairly attentive and concerned about the goings-on in his daughter’s life.
There’s also the issue of Carrie’s so-called modest beginnings. In SATC, there’s a sense that she worked her way up as a writer and couldn’t purchase shiny, expensive shoes until later in her career, but “The Carrie Diaries” depicts a Connecticut girl with a wealthy upbringing:
“The new show sets Carrie’s adolescence in upper-crust Connecticut, in a town whose very name, Castlebury, suggests it’s fit for a princess. Her dad wears fancy suits and gets her a sophisticated law-firm internship. Her mom left behind a closetful of fancy clothes and racks of whatever the eighties equivalent of Manolos were (not Keds). SATC, on the other hand, gave you glimpses of a Carrie whose roots seemed much more working-class…[S]he’s not from as scrappy a background as SJP’s Carrie.”
These inconsistencies shouldn’t come as a surprise given 19-year-old star AnnaSophia Robb, who portrayed Carrie in the new show, admitted cluelessness about the original program, according to the New York Post:
Robb is so young, only 19, that she had to catch up with “Sex and the City” in reruns when she heard about the role of the young Carrie Bradshaw. “You can never get tired of it, the characters are so well-written,” she says. From the way she describes it, the most important relationship Carrie has on the show is with her father.
“She feels a responsibility to make him happy. She’s the sort of child who needs to do well in school and is looking to him for advice,” Robb says. “It’s just as important as an actual relationship. He’s her ideal man.”
It doesn’t really work that way when your father abandons you. “The Carrie Diaries” seems to get further from the real story with every passing day, so don’t expect it to be anything like SATC, especially since the new show’s performers weren’t around when the iconic series was thriving.