Sex and the City is a collection of essays by Candace Bushnell based on her and her friends' lifestyles. It was first published in , and re-published in Sex and the City book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Enter a world where the sometimes shocking and often hilarious. Enter a world where the sometimes shocking and often hilarious mating habits of the privileged are exposed by a true insider. In essays drawn from her witty and.
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Sex and the City [Candace Bushnell] on caubracderfama.ml But you can't read this book and THINK Sex and The CIty the TV show because this Carrie Bradshaw. Is There Still Sex in the City () · Killing Monica () · Summer and the City () · The Carrie Diaries () · One Fifth Avenue (). When Candace Bushnell penned her first book Sex and the City — the inspiration behind the eponymous hit show — she forever changed the.
It also shows how hard it is to turn a ship around — [diversity] should be built into the DNA.
We all see ourselves in some version of these four women. Like many people — this was very common at the time, and especially because I lived in New York City and was a journalist — I thought I was a Carrie.
And I probably was. A lot of people talk now about how terrible she is, and I was sort of terrible, too. I have this idea that we all start out identifying as Carrie, and as we get older, we become Mirandas. Which I definitely feel like I am now. Who cares what Carrie is wearing? What do you think about their public conflict? Cynthia Nixon is now running for governor of New York. What do you think of that? A million people have already made the joke online that this is the Sex and the City finale we deserved.
To have one of these women run for office in a year when we have record numbers of women running feels so good. It feels so right. This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Contact us at editors time. I decided to read it not because I thought there would be something new and exciting to behold, or because I was expecting a riveting, entrancing novel. Rather, because I was curious about the origins of the characters and plotlines in one of my favorite television series.
Most of the stories from the first season of the tv show are lifted from this book. However, some of the characters are differe I seem to be one of the rare ones here, but I am a fan of the show who actually enjoyed this book. However, some of the characters are different in the book Charlotte is not the preppy friend of Carrie but rather the love-jaded English woman we only see in the pilot episode of the show.
The book doesn't focus on Carrie and her friends from Carrie's perspective, rather it is told by an outside narrator and focuses on several different people. I also liked seeing a new dimension to Carrie; she is still as neurotic as ever, but also a little sarcastic, and we learn of her childhood in Connecticut, humble beginnings in New York not able to afford furniture, so she sleeps on a foam sheet covered by her only possession-- a mink coat and even get to meet her parents.
Overall, an entertaining read for fans of the Sex and the City television show. Jul 28, Nicole rated it did not like it. This is certainly different from the series - and it's not just the mounds of cocaine and pounds of marijuana consumed by the main characters.
The selling point of the series has always been the friendships between the four characters. In this book, on the other hand, it's every girl for herself.
The women are never supportive, and are usually backstabbing. Carrie is even more of a mess than she ever was in the TV show. Everyone seems utterly miserable. Allegedly this is uproariously funny, This is certainly different from the series - and it's not just the mounds of cocaine and pounds of marijuana consumed by the main characters. Allegedly this is uproariously funny, but I didn't laugh once while reading it.
Not sure how they got the TV series out of this book. The two seem very tangentially related. Mejor la serie, la verdad. View 1 comment.
Aug 01, Scherry Siganporia rated it liked it. If you pick this book to read It is not a serial. Nor is this Chic Lit material. What it is is a very mature and advanced version of relationships, people, women, sexuality Candace Bushnell has put in a lot of thought in developing a variety of characters from Mr Big to Mr Marvelous I wouldn't rate this as a favorite, but would rate it as a book to be read The serial I feel is for the masses Ignore the comparisons between the serial and the book Atta girl Candace Bushnell View 2 comments.
I would have actually given it 1 star but i happen to like it in the beginning. All i can say is i despised this book and i practically rush read it just to get it over with. I mean the way the men and women are portrayed in this book makes me physically ill. I had to force myself to finish it, all the while i was reading this i kept wishing that i could read something i actually wanted to read. What a waste of time. I am glad it's the libraries book and i didn't waste precious money on this.
Jun 07, Taneika rated it did not like it Shelves: More of my reviews can be found at Flipping Through the Pages! The exception to that is this book, I was simply disappointed. But the book? I really apologise if this review is really nasty, but it took me ages to read, I just had no interest whatsoever, every book, no matter what I thought of it, has been able to reel me in the story within the first few pages but this? Just no. This is just fluff and I was expecting all four girls from the show to be characters in this book but apparently Charlotte was made for the TV show — I love Charlotte!
Also, the characters in this book just astound me. They are trying to be young again by doing copious amounts of drugs and hitting the hottest clubs and whatnot. Apr 22, Allegra S rated it did not like it Shelves: Oh my god, if you download this book because you love the show and you want to read about a group of friends navigating the struggles of friendship and dating in New York City - STOP.
This book is nothing like the tv show and will only make you regret the money and time you spent on it.
Go read the 'Something Borrowed' series and thank me later. Aug 08, Isa K. I don't know what was more interesting: They break into roughly two camps: I will refer to these people as "stereotypes" even though I've never actually been to New York I don't know what was more interesting: I will refer to these people as "stereotypes" even though I've never actually been to New York during the period in question.
That's not to say this book is GOOD. This book is It's a good subway read. Most of the good stories are spoiled by the TV series, which may take something out of it. At the same time, I liked this book because it felt more raw and real than it's adaptation. Carrie in the TV show is whiney, codependent, obsessive and insecure.
Her narrative constantly tries to pass off her narcissism as empowerment oh sure, breaking up with your boyfriend on the way to the St. Barts was about "having faith in yourself" not at all about trying to emotionally blackmail him.
Keep telling yourself that. Every time someone in the cult of Sex and the City describes themselves as a "Carrie" I want to hunt them down with a shotgun. It's appalling to me that people seem to think this character is some kind of role model.
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She's always shown as the wronged party, living a life of relative leisure and successful in all her endeavors. If she does fail it's only in the most charming way with everyone dropping everything to fawn over her. The only time I ever liked Charlotte as a character was when she finally called Carrie on her bullshit and straight up told her "It's not my job to fix your finances" It also really bothered me that the show didn't make more of an effort to explore the relationship of Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda with each other.
We're supposed to believe that these four people are all good friends, and yet they only really exist as an extension of Carrie's needs. No wonder Carrie is a narcissist. Imagine my surprise when I start reading this book and find a Carrie who is real, compelling and kind of badass.
You know Candace Bushnell is not really a great writer. I don't think that will surprise anyone. There were times, especially towards the end, where I felt like I was reading bad fanfic: Carrie cries, Mr Big smokes his cigar, Skipper runs over a Serbian hooker How would you feel if your friend was not only publishing stories about your sexual liaisons but also ascribing motives to your action which millions of readers would treat as fact?
If you want the trappings of fiction, read fiction. There are thousands of struggling novelists hoping you will.
Unlike TV Carrie, Book Carrie is never portrayed as anything other than a complete disaster of a human being. The first time we meet her she's described point blank as an alcoholic and a bitch. She smokes an ungodly amount of pot. She has a flock of twenty-something girls who worship her but who she publicly despises.
“Sex and the City” the Book Is the New York Dystopia I Was Promised
She is snarky and cynical. But most importantly the book doesn't pretend that everything is going to turn out all right for her in the end.
The exact opposite actually. Plenty of designer brands are name dropped, Big and Carrie have a house in the Hamptons, vacation in St Barts, get all adorable skiing in Aspen. It's ugly. It has consequences.
Money and self-centeredness do not make people happy. In the last chapter of the book Carrie goes off to visit her friend Amalita Amalfi. Fans of the show will remember her as the international playgirl who introduces Carrie to the idea of being a kept woman. The book starts off with more or less the same storyline, but doesn't white wash it the way the TV show does. In the show Amalita effortlessly glides from man to man, traveling the world, being spoiled with expensive presents. That to me is a whole lot more interesting than the pink sparkly special snowflake bullshit the show tries to push down our throats.
May 31, Ivana Books Are Magic rated it did not like it.
Let's get straight to the point. This is one of the worst books that I have ever read as far as I can remember. The series is so much better than the book. I mean I'm not exactly a fan of the series, but I can say i like it The TV series was often witty, intelligent, funny, well scripted and acted. The book doesn't have anything in common with it. Everything that would sometimes annoy me about the series I said I'm not exact Let's get straight to the point.
Everything that would sometimes annoy me about the series I said I'm not exactly a fan of it paled away in comparison with this mess. That's it, the word I was looking for.
A mess. This novel feels like a mess to me. It feels like walking in an apartmant inhabited by a bounch of teenage boys who had been living on pizza and past food for a month and have forgotten to take out the garbage, wash the dishes or do any cleaning whatsoever.
This book feels like a very very bad hangover. Like all those awkard moments from when you were a teenager that you just want to forget about and pray God nobody reminds you of them. Like a bitter end of some meaningless fight that left you feel exhausted. Like being forced to watch a soap opera you hate. Like pigeon poo on your new pair of shoes. That is what this book felt like to me. What did I think of it?
Well, in my personal view, it is unbelievably shallow, messy, badly constructed, lacking imagination and writing skill of even the most basic kind..
Hadn't I been a lot younger, I would have probably given up These days I can't be bothered, if I absolutely hate some book I just leave it be and move to a new one. To whom I would recommend this book? I don't know.
I will not read any more boring newsletters.
You might read it and end up liking it, I didn't. I quite strongly dislike it. If you're a big fan of the show and you want to read it for that purpuse, who am I to stop you?
I will say one thing. I don't know how they managed to turn this terrible book and into something pretty good. I was always sure that script writing takes a special effort and those guys have it! Jan 15, Elizabeth rated it liked it Shelves: After reading this book I've come to the following conclusion: When people say that they only have time for movies, not books, they need to read a different type of book.
Sex in the City the book took me about 2. It's rather obvious when you think about it. Bushnell's work reminds m After reading this book I've come to the following conclusion: Bushnell's work reminds me of a watered-down Edith Warton novel filled with caricatures of people that seem like they were modeled after a real-world version.
But then again, what author doesn't fashion their characters after real people? Bushnell's journalistic talent is obvious. She throws out turns of phrase that any newspaper editor would salivate for and the story whips and turns at the pace of a race horse. However, I would argue that the book lacks some focus and seems to sprawl from one character to the next but then again, that may be because I started to skim at some point.
I respect her work as a writer and pioneer of chick-lit, but at the same time I'm always left a little bit disatistifed. Good thing I didn't see the movie--yet.
Nov 24, Yumi Learner rated it it was amazing. Yesterday I finished my 44th book in English this year. It is "Sex and the City". It's popular because it has been made a TV show. I hadn't read the book even in Japanese yet, but I used to watch the drama with Japanese dubs. The drama was very interesting to know a life in New York, and I enjoyed it very much. The book was different from the drama, but some descriptions reminded me of the scenes in the drama.
I enjoyed reading the book while imaging the main characters faces and voices in the d Yesterday I finished my 44th book in English this year. I enjoyed reading the book while imaging the main characters faces and voices in the drama. I think I can't live like the women in the book. It's far way from my life, and that's why it's fascinating. I definitely prefer choosing one man with whom I can live for a long time rather to be popular among a log of attractive guys.
I am not interested in doing it at all. I can't enjoy each moment, and I tend to think my future. I can't pay it by ear. Jun 10, Dawn rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No one in their right mind. This book was highly disappointing. I watch and love the show and I'm looking forward to the movie so I thought the book would be a sure bet.
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Turns out, the writers for the show are so much more smart, clever, and interesting that Bushnell could ever be.
The Sex and the City book was just full of ridiculous characters in their thirties trying to be young again by going out every night to the "hottest" bar, doing ridiculous amounts of drugs like that's the only way to be cool, and it was terrib This book was highly disappointing. The Sex and the City book was just full of ridiculous characters in their thirties trying to be young again by going out every night to the "hottest" bar, doing ridiculous amounts of drugs like that's the only way to be cool, and it was terrible writing.
I have no idea why they thought it would be a good television show. Even though I'm glad they made the transition. This book is awful. Never read it. Even if you're hooked on the show. I was really looking forward to read this book, since I'm a big fan of Sex and the City. At first I thought the book was a bit confusing. I had assumed that the characters; Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte as a group of friends would be in focus, like in the TV-series.
In the beginning I was therefore a bit disappointed. As I continued to read, my view changed. I really started to enjoy reading this book. What I really liked about the book was that even though the characters and the situa I was really looking forward to read this book, since I'm a big fan of Sex and the City.
What I really liked about the book was that even though the characters and the situation was quite different from the TV-series, there was moments that I really could see similarities. Like the modelizers, the international crazy girls and the thing about threesomes. Even though the book was nothing like I had imagined, moments like these created the same atmosphere that I loved about the TV-series.
Aug 20, Raquel added it Shelves: This was a great TV show in its heyday.Overview Edit In real life the "New York Observer" published the story of the four young ladies first as an weekly column. She goes to a lot of glamorous parties and reports how empty and pointless they are.
And I probably was. And best of all, not once—not ever, at all—does Bushnell write that Carrie could not help but wonder. By and large, the characters avoid close personal connections: "I have no sex and no romance. I loved the four main characters, I loved the stories in each episode, I loved the fashion, and I loved New York City.
You said yes, but later turned him down. Cynthia Nixon is now running for governor of New York. And that is not a shoe for a year-old PR girl—though it is one for her to aspire to.
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