I bumped into this article a few days ago: Sex and the City’ gets teen spin in Variety.com and have been thinking about it every since.
Now, I’m a guy, but I want to say that, at least in the first season or two, I thought that HBO’s Sex and the City was edgy, funny as heck and sexy. Linda and I both enjoyed watching it and were occasionally shocked by what they addresses but mostly found it good modern TV, far away from the heavy hand of the FCC.
Over time, however, it got tiring and each episode seemed to end with a morbid or depressing twist, leaving me far less entertained than had been the case earlier. Ironically, I bumped into the last few minutes of an episode just last night and it was perhaps exactly able to express the problem with the series over the long run…
In the episode of Sex and the City that I saw, Samantha sleeps with Miranda’s brother, and when Miranda finds out, she gets very upset with Samantha and yells “Is your vagina in the New York City guidebooks? Because it should be, it’s the hottest spot in town, it’s always open!”
Ultimately, it seems like Sex and the City ended up almost a parody of itself where the four women weren’t seeking happiness, they were just looking to get laid with someone, anyone.
Which is why I find it alarming to think that the marketing machine behind the Sex and the City franchise will doubtless put its muscle behind not one, but two new books from author Candace Bushnell focused on Carrie Bradshaw as a high school girl.
Variety explains: “The books, set during Carrie’s high school years, will be published beginning in fall 2010 by HarperCollins Children’s Bray [actually Balzer] and Bray imprint.”
According to Publishers Weekly, “The imprint, which is slated to launch in fall 2009, will release a range of titles, from picture books through YA; no figure has been set for the first list. Bray and Balzer said the list will reflect the work they did together at Hyperion for 12 years.”
So we have two publishers who wanted to do more edgy work than they were allowed at Disney (which owns Hyperion) and so they got HarperCollins to launch a new imprint. Perhaps, then, it’s perfect that one of their first titles is going to be “Sex And City High” (or something like that) from Candace Bushnell.
I just can’t imagine that it won’t be primarily about a young Carrie Bradshaw trying to sleep with as many boys as she can before she graduates, and could well be something more akin to the steamy Gossip Girls series. As the venerable NY Times says: “sex saturates the “Gossip Girl” books, by Cecily von Ziegesar, which are about 17- and 18-year-old private school girls in Manhattan.”
Is it just me, or can you imagine that what Bushnell and HarperCollins are aiming to do is compete directly with the popular sex-laden Gossip Girl series, which means, yes, the subtitle will be “Does Carrie Get Laid?”
Not the kind of book I want to buy for my daughters, and it’s darn frustrating to think that big powerhouse publishers remain interested in selling whatever crap they can publish, regardless of whether it’s actually decent.
Or maybe I’m just becoming a cranky dad.