Chick Lit On TV: The Carrie Diaries, Episode 1

Nancy's Discussion of The Carrie Diaries, Episode 1

The Carrie Diaries, based on the books by Candace Bushnell, premiered on The CW Network last night. I admit that I'm new to the Sex and the City world, so I didn't have any expectations for this series. I haven't read The Carrie Diaries books or Sex and the City, and I've only seen a few episodes of the HBO show. Basically, I have a clean slate for The Carrie Diaries TV show. I've read on other websites and blogs that this prequel doesn't match up with the HBO show, and there are plot holes between the two series. For example, as we saw in the pilot, Carrie has a good relationship with her father, but fans of the HBO show say that adult Carrie mentions that her dad was absent when she was growing up. It seems that the show runners for the Sex and the City series made up their own back story of Carrie's life when needed, and then the author of the book wrote The Carrie Diaries books, and the TV show is based on them. That's why the two series have inconsistencies. That being said, I'm actually glad that I don't know much about Carrie and her life from the books or the previous show because now I won't constantly compare the show to the books or compare the two shows or get annoyed when something is inconsistent. 

Anyway, I enjoyed the first episode. I think the actress who plays Carrie did a great job, and she's really compelling onscreen. This show is like an 80s version of Jane By Design, a show that was on ABC Family last year. That isn't a bad thing. I loved Jane By Design. I also love 80s music, and there was tons of it in The Carrie Diaries. I think they included almost every popular 80s song in this first episode. Okay, that's an exaggeration, but there was a lot of it. I'm not complaining, though. And I love the fashion. The dress Carrie wore during her night out in Manhattan was absolutely adorable! I like her friends, but they were a little bit lackluster. Hopefully, those characters will be developed more in upcoming episodes. And I really like Sebastian, Carrie's potential love interest, but mostly because the actor used to be on Switched at Birth, one of my favorite shows. I think his character on The Carrie Diaries needs to be more dynamic, too. Overall, it was a great pilot, and I'm excited to see what's next. After each new episode airs on Monday nights, I'm going to share my thoughts on Tuesdays, so check back every week. 

I want to hear from you! What do you think of The Carrie Diaries TV show? Love it? Hate it? Let's discuss! Share your reactions in the comments. Thanks!