The Crestiad

Cedar Crest College newspaper since 1923

Before Sex & The City: The Carrie Diaries

Emily Baxter, Web Editor

Fans of the “Sex and the City” series, which starred Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, know her life of glitter in Manhattan. But what was Carrie like as a seventeen-year-old living in the suburbs in Castleberry, Connecticut?

“The Carrie Diaries” takes us to 1984, where Carrie is struggling to deal with the death of her mom three months prior.  Carrie, played by AnnaSophia Robb, is trying to be a mother to her rebellious sister Dorrit, played by Stefania Owen, while juggling the possible new-kid love interest of Castleberry High: Sebastian Kydd, played by Austin Butler.

The cast of characters couldn’t be complete without “The Mouse”, Maggie and her secretly gay boyfriend, and Larissa Loughlin, an editor at Interview magazine who shows Carrie the nightlife she could have in Manhattan.

Carrie has to deal with regular teen life—just set in 1984. It’s cute to see the Walkmans, the big hair, and the bright colors that dot the landscape that Carrie is in. In the first scene of the pilot Carrie wears a nightie. Wow, am I glad I wear sweats to bed!

I love the character of Carrie. She struggles to be a writer and find her voice, but since her mom died nothing has been the same. Thankfully her senior year is a distraction, but when her father walks into the high school that first day, everything changes again.

Her father offers her an internship in Manhattan at a law firm one day a week. Carrie jumps at the chance of working in New York City. I, too, would love to work in the city, even if it was at a pizza place paying me minimum wage!

A twist of fate leaves Carrie on the doorstep of Century 21 department store where Larissa spots Carrie’s nail-polished-revived purse from her mom’s closet. They exchange of phone numbers and Larissa gives Carrie a brand-new dress to wear to a party. The question is, will she go to the school dance and get a kiss from Sebastian Kydd or hang out with Larissa and her eclectic group of friends at a club?

“The Carrie Diaries” has all the elements of the year 1984 and gritty high school life. Carrie narrates at the end of the pilot that she “had lost her virginity…to another man. Manhattan.” What will Carrie do next in the City that Never Sleeps without alarming her father or her high school friends?

“The Carrie Diaries” airs on The CW on Mondays at 9 PM (correction)

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This entry was posted on January 30, 2013 by in Arts.
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