AND just like that . . . Carrie Bradshaw has lost her “Mr Big” for ever.
While fans are furious that the protagonist’s on-off love interest was killed off in the new spin-off series, Sex And The City writer Candace Bushnell says having a “Mr Big” is not important today.
Sex And The City fans are furious that Carrie Bradshaw’s on-off love interest Mr Big was killed off in new spin-off series And Just Like That…Credit: Alamy
But Sex And The City writer Candace Bushnell says having a ‘Mr Big’ is not important todayCredit: Rex
It is now about being your own success story, she reckons.
The original TV series hit screens in 1998 and was based on former sex columnist Candace’s book of the same name. But just as Carrie’s views have evolved since the Nineties, so have the author’s.
“Today, it’s about becoming your own Mr Big, as opposed to looking for Mr Big,” she says. “It’s about becoming a well-rounded person. And making your own money.
“It’s about looking after yourself. It’s about taking responsibility for yourself.”
And Just Like That sees Carrie, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, navigate single life after her husband John Preston has a heart attack.
But Candace, 63, who divorced in her fifties, says being unattached is nothing like it was during the Nineties and Noughties when the show was in its heyday.
Back then Carrie, known for her wardrobe of Manolo Blahnik shoes, was in constant pursuit of love. But today, women are more independent.
She says: “There are plenty of women who want to be taken care of. But that happens less and less now. It’s about being responsible for your own life. It’s about buying your own shoes.”
In the trailer for the new show, Carrie asks a friend about dating apps. But Candace, who signed up to Tinder after the breakdown of her ten-year marriage to ballet dancer Charles Askegard in 2012, says internet dating has made it more difficult to get laid.
She says: “Before dating apps it was so much easier, right? To not only find a date, but to find sex.
“Human beings are really, really good at finding relationships, we’ve been doing it for millions of years. Then along comes the dating app.
“Now, so many people feel like that’s the only way you can meet people.
“And I hear the romance of dating where you can meet somebody in a supermarket, on the subway or in the park has gone.
“You can’t go up to somebody and start talking to them. Whereas in the past, you could walk up to somebody in New York, and talk.”
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