To be perfectly honest, I was apprehensive on idea of The Carrie Diaries, especially after the CW promoted the hell out of the premiere of the show. And I suppose the crazy promotion worked, because I gave it a shot. The big surprise of the show is the unbelievable chemistry between Carrie and Sebastian. Sebastian Kydd. There is something just scrumptious about him and his name. Sebastian, played by Austin Butler and Carrie, played by AnnaSophia Robb make my heart go boom.
And Austin can pull off quite the coif and just has a certain air about him.
Too bad I’m really not allowed to swoon over him as we are definitely not born in the same decade. Sometimes a girl needs limits. However, I would never impose my self-inflected rules on others. Go forth and prosper, cougaritas. (I’m mean, look how kissable those lips are. Beth agrees.)
Beyond becoming slightly obsessed with the fashions and curious about the wig they are using on Carrie (hint: it’s NOT okay), I wanted more and picked up the books. Here’s where I realize how the show could be SO much more. I had felt Carrie was a bit vanilla and maybe a little too good on the show compared to the Carrie of Sex and The City the series. Of course the CW show will need to progress and have characters grow and morph into something we recognize, but GOOD GRIEF lets have our characters act like real teens of the 80s and not silly dramatized cartoons of themselves.
Great items from the books to add into the show (Slight Spoilers Ahead):
- Have Carrie and company be flawed. Just having Carrie try to make up for her deceased mother makes her really nothing like the Carrie we all know from SATC. Teenagers are inherently selfish, use it.
- These teens acted like real teens. They drank, dabbled with Pot, went to the neighborhood dive bar (apparently the drinking age was 18 back in 1984), they pulled school pranks and smoked way too much.
- The missing Lali character. I enjoyed the friend betrayal in the book. It’s devastating because it’s real. Sometimes girls are horribly insecure and jealous. Believe me, I’ve experienced it.
This week’s Thanksgiving episode was way too gimmicky for my liking. This show needs realize it isn’t Jane By Design on ABC Family with hijinks galore keeping the main character running back and forth between the city and the ‘burbs. This show needs character flaws, more sex, more drugs, and more rock and roll.
When all is said and done, even if they don’t spice up the show, I’d still watch for maybe a little more of this…
Have you read The Carrie Diaries series? Are you watching the show? Is it okay to swoon a little bit even if I’m too old and should know better?