'Sex and the City' author talks about prequel
Candace Bushnell, author of "Sex and the City" and "Lipstick Jungle," says her new novel "Summer and the City" shows a unique, fearless and curious side of Carrie Bradshaw, from "Sex and the City" and gives readers a better understanding of why Carrie and her friends end up being the women they are.
"I thinks that she's [Carrie], unique and one of the things I love about Carrie is, she's really not trying to be anybody but herself. And she's really developing her own point of view and her way of looking at the world, questioning the status quo, questioning why things are the way they are and everybody accepts these things," Bushnell said in an interview with OnTheRedCarpet.com about her new book "Summer in the City: A Carrie Diaries Novel," which was released on Tuesday, April 26, 2011.
"I think one of my favorite questions that she has in the book is, 'Is sex so powerful that it can cause you to forget your history and your friendships?' And I think that's a good question. Carrie is a questioner," she added.
The novel is a prequel to "Sex and the City" and is about Bradshaw's first summer in New York where she decides to take a writing seminar and meets new friends, Samantha and Miranda.
Bushnell says readers will get to see Bradshaw's motivation and dedication to her career at an early age.
"She's pretty fearless. She gets right out there and she immediately kind of gets swept up in this scene in New York and she's definitely not sitting at home, waiting for things to happen to her. She's out there making things happen and in a sense making her career, creating who she wants to be," Bushnell said.
Bushnell also added how Bradshaw's friends came into her life at an early age and taught her many things.
Samantha shows Carrie the ins-and-outs of New York. Miranda, on the other hand, has a very different outlook on life but still teaches Carrie different things. Both friends allow Carrie to explore different sides of herself, which is something that Bushnell feels many female readers will be able to relate to.
"She's able to explore different sides of herself through these friends. I think that's something that we as women do ... most women I know have friends who are kind of different in unique ways," Bushnell said.
Bushnell believes "Summer and the City" caters to people that are looking for a good read, not only to fans of "Sex and the City." She also added the book is a comic novel and allows readers to get to know the characters in a fresh new way.
Even though Bushnell has written television pilots before, she said she would not write a television script for the novel.
"I don't write scripts. I write novels," Bushnell said.
Bushnell says her job is being a writer, a profession that requires a lot of time and effort.
"I'm really disciplined. It's a job that I really like to do, but it's a process and you have to sit down and do the work. Writing a book is not something like, 'Oh, I'm going to write the book at the last minute.' No," Bushnell said. "It takes at least 10 months working 6 days a week, five hours. You got to write about 30 hours a week, which probably doesn't sound like that much but that's the actual writing and then there's so much other work that goes into it: taking notes and reading other books and that kind of thing."
If her new novel were to be turned into a new series, Bushnell says she wouldn't know who to cast to play young Carrie. After co-producing "Sex and the City" and producing "Lipstick Jungle," she feels the process is very complicated and requires a lot of luck and perfect timing.
Bushnell also couldn't say if a "Sex and the City 3" is in works. She said it's not her decision to make but knows she had a lot of fun writing the new novel and getting to go back in time and write about the much loved characters.