The Carrie Diaries is a Surprising Nod to the 80’s, John Hughes-Style
Confession time – I used to watch Sex And The City regularly. I did grow tired of the series during its last two seasons, but yes, I’m girly enough to have watched it. There were times when I wanted to slap the crap out of Carrie Bradshaw, but I still watched. And I bet many of you did, too (but would you admit to it?).
I was a little hesitant, though, to watch the new prequel series, The Carrie Diaries. I mean, what would that do to my geek cred? But I did watch it. And in spite of my concern about my decreasing trustworthiness as a geek, I will admit that I absolutely loved it.
So what’s the show about? Obviously, it’s about Carrie Bradshaw, but takes place when she was much younger. In this version of the story, teenaged Carrie has just lost her mother to cancer and is beginning to find herself through her discovery of the great world of Manhattan. This series is about how the Carrie we know from Sex And The City came to be.
The writing for the show feels like a John Hughes movie. It’s a throwback to a more simpler time when kids lived in the suburbs and dreamed about tackling the big city. But like Hughes’ much-beloved films, it also has a lot of heart. You immediately feel attached to Carrie and it’s very easy to see the world through her big and naive eyes.
However, the real soul of The Carrie Diaries belongs to its lead actress, AnnaSophia Robb. You might remember her as Violet in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or as Leslie in Bridge to Terabithia. She’s an actress with depth and manages to carry (no pun intended) the role as if she really were a younger version of Sarah-Jessica Parker.
The beautiful thing about The Carrie Diaries, though, is that it is full of things geeks love: 80’s music, Doctor Who’s Freema Agyeman and characters who never quite completely fit in (including title character Carrie). It also has some clever and witty dialogue, including gems like “Maybe he’ll hotdog your keyhole.”
So maybe I haven’t really lost any geek cred, after all. But if I did, I don’t mind. I’ll still be watching The Carrie Diaries next week on the CW at 7/8c.
And just in case you missed it, you can catch the pilot episode of The Carrie Diaries on Hulu.