According to her Winter 2011 newsletter, author Candace Bushnell is putting the finishing touches to Summer and The City, the sequel to last year’s blockbuster The Carrie Diaries, which tells the story of a teenaged Carrie Bradshaw long before she started having all that sex in a certain city. The plot is as follows:
Summer is a magical time in New York City and Carrie is in love with all of it—the crazy characters in her neighborhood, the vintage-clothing boutiques, the wild parties, and the glamorous man who has swept her off her feet. Best of all, she’s finally in a real writing class, taking her first steps toward fulfilling her dream.
This sequel to THE CARRIE DIARIES brings surprising revelations as Carrie learns to navigate her way around the Big Apple, going from being a country “sparrow”—as Samantha Jones dubs her—to the person she always wanted to be. But as it becomes increasingly difficult to reconcile her past with her future, Carrie realizes that making it in New York is much more complicated than she ever imagined. With her signature wit and sparkling humor, Candace Bushnell reveals the irresistible story of how Carrie met Samantha and Miranda, and what turned a small-town girl into one of the New York City’s most unforgettable icons, Carrie Bradshaw.
Most of you already know that Bushnell is one of my favorite contemporary authors. Her novels are anthropological, in a sense, perfectly capturing the essence of New York City’s powerful, rich, and glamorous society crowd. While most associate Bushnell with Sex and The City—or rather, its television and film adaptations, both of which she actually had very little to do with—I’m also a fan of her other works, like 4 Blondes, Lipstick Jungle, and One Fifth Avenue.
Alas, when Bushnell decided to revisit the life of her most famous creation The Carrie Diaries, published last spring, I did not like it. As I mentioned in a previous post, I felt that the novel didn’t remain trure to Bushnell’s original creation. The author instead decided to reconcile the differences between her original characterization of Carrie, found in the novel, with that of the Carrie Bradshaw found in the television and movie series. As a result, I felt betrayed and I vowed not to read any more books in the series.
But who am I kidding? I’m curious, I admit it. I want to see where this goes. Especially since Michael Patrick King, writer and director of both Sex and The City films, sort of already gave us Carrie’s backstory in the second film. Given that Carrie is linking up with Samantha Jones and Miranda Hobbes in Summer, I think it’s going to be interested to see how this new tale fits into SATC canon. (Note: In the second film, it’s said that Charlotte, who’s not mentioned in connection with Summer and The City, was the first person Carrie met.)
Am I being a bit picky? Overthinking all of this? Overreacting? Sure, yeah, maybe. I’m like the kid in Galaxy Quest who knew every episode by heart, knew every inch of the NSEA Protector. The details matter. These characters share a mythology and if you don’t remain true to that, then you’ll lose me as a fan. Ah well. Looks as if I’ll be getting back into the Diaries next month.
Summer and The City releases on April 26th. Get your pre-order on by clicking here.