Detailed look at the making of Sex and the City.
What adult or teen American woman has not seen themselves as a Carrie, a Miranda, a Charlotte or a Samantha? Sometimes all four in the course of a week. Sex and the City’s characters became the new archetypes of a generation as The Breakfast Club had for the prior era. Watching Sex and the City now, it seems almost old-fashioned in our gender-fluid racial-diverse millennial culture where tiny houses and recycling are fashionable and conspicuous consumption is not.
Sex and the City and Us tries to explain the magic of the series. It is well researched and interesting. However, the book was written so far after the end of the show that it seems culturally irrelevant, at least to me.
However, Sex and the City and Us is perfect for readers wanting to break into show business as either actors, writers, directors, producers or even costumers. There are many details about how the show was created and run from each of those perspectives. It also relates some of the issues of being in the business like waiting six months for the first episode to air. Should the actors, writers, and directors take other “permanent” jobs or wait to see if the show is a hit?
Sex and the City and Us is also a good choice for hard-core fans of the show. Many of the underlying reasons for some of the quixotic decisions within the show are explained.
For most other readers, it is a long slog. Still it rates 4 stars if you fall into one of the above groups!
Thanks to the publisher, Simon & Schuster, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.