If the idea of a third film installment of Sex & The City doesn't thrill you, maybe this will: A prequel, based on The Carrie Diaries by real-life Carrie Bradshaw Candace Bushnell, may be green-lit soon. The story would open on an 18-year-old Carrie pre-Manhattan. Writer-director-producer Michael Patrick King reportedly wants to tap Blake Lively (aka the most desirable woman alive, according to AskMen.com) to play the younger incarnation of Carrie. (Even though, sorry, in my mind ... Carrie at 18 would have looked like, well, Sarah Jessica Parker in Footloose! I've always thought of Carrie as a petite fashionista who couldn't really ever be a model -- remember when she fell on the catwalk? -- but who wore really TALL designer shoes to make up for that.)
Height discrepancies aside, do fans of the show and the SJP Carrie story lines care about before-Big, before-Aidan romances? How about even before Stanford?! Actually, I wonder when Carrie met her gay BFF ...
Actually, according to Amazon, The Carrie Diaries would find our heroine "questioning relationships; worrying about friendships; developing a funky, independent sense of fashion; flirting with boys while dating two at once; and having a gay male friend." Sounds familiar ... you know, vaguely!
As for the on-screen version, an "insider" told Grazia magazine what we can expect the flick to look like:
The prequel is about breathing new life into the story and exploring Carrie’s first few months in NYC and the beginning of her relationship with an older man.
Oooh, an older man? Perhaps teen Carrie didn't differ that much from the 30-something Carrie we know and love. But, for us faithful fans now in our 20s, 30s, 40s+, what does it matter? We already know that she ends up with Big. We already know she was leery of commitment when the show began.
But maybe there is some merit to hitting rewind on our heroine ... I know that quite a handful of the crushes, dating, and relationship experiences I had around 18-19 years old shaped how I approached dating into my 20s. Even the most cringe-worthy experiences made me stronger. Mostly, I learned who I was and how to own that, and had to come to the realization that I wouldn't compromise it for any guy.
Younger Carrie probably followed a similar path. And with hope, the prequel will show us how those lessons of heartbreak laid the foundation that would one day turn her into the hopeful romantic and sexy wordsmith we know and love.
Well, that's what I'm looking forward to, at least. And some fabulous '80s fashion, of course!
Do you think your love life at 18 shaped who you are today in relationships?
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