Thursday 16 August 2018

Review: Sex and the City and Us by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

By the bestselling author of Seinfeldia, a fascinating retrospective of the iconic and award-winning television series, Sex and the City, to coincide with the show’s twentieth anniversary.

This is the story of how a columnist, two gay men, and a writers’ room full of women used their own poignant, hilarious, and humiliating stories to launch a cultural phenomenon. They endured shock, slut-shaming, and a slew of nasty reviews on their way to eventual—if often begrudging—respect. The show wasn’t perfect, but it revolutionized television for women.

When Candace Bushnell began writing for the New York Observer, she didn’t think anyone beyond the Upper East Side would care about her adventures among the Hamptons-hopping media elite. But her struggles with singlehood struck a chord. Beverly Hills, 90210creator Darren Star brought her vision to an even wider audience when he adapted the column for HBO. Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha launched a barrage of trends, forever branded the actresses that took on the roles, redefined women’s relationship to sex and elevated the perception of singlehood.

Featuring exclusive new interviews with the cast and writers, including star Sarah Jessica Parker, creator Darren Star, executive producer Michael Patrick King, and author Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City and Us brings us a both a critical and nostalgic, behind-the-scenes look at a television series that changed the way women see themselves.

Review: Oh I just loved every minute of this book. I am a massive Sex and the City fan anyway but there is just so much to take away from this book even if you're not a die hard fan like me. I feel like I learnt so much about the production of the show and the impact it had on society that I didn't know before. I know more now about HBO and New York than I did before I started as well as taking away fun facts about the actors and the shooting schedules that I am enjoying in my re-watch of the show now. 

I have come across this writer's work before and so I knew I was going to enjoy the way this book was structured. I am glad that I got a physical copy of the book so that I could enjoy the pictures that were included of the cast, the crew and the locations. This book is structured so that it works in chronological order from conception to pilot to season one and beyond but I loved the little asides that were included about the impact one particular episode had on either the actors or the audience.

Of course the fashion is talked about as well as the taboos surrounding sex that the show broke. It covers how the show was met with LGBTQ+ audiences as well as non-white audiences since the show itself is not very diverse when it comes to people of colour. I can definitely reassure you that this book is not just a fan companion for the show, but a critical look at every aspect of the show, its fans and the impact it had on television, New York and culture as a whole. Now I need to get back to my re-watch of the show with this at my side to reference what I'm watching!

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