Title: Sex and The City and Us
Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Genre: Non-Fiction / Pop Culture
Source: Netgalley e-arc
Publisher: Simon Schuster
Pub Date: June 5, 2018
Rating: 5/5 stars
I LOVED every single page in this book! If you are a Sex and the City (“SATC”) fan, interested in how iconic shows like this one get made or even if you enjoyed the show half as much as I did—this is the book for you!
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong (author of Seinfeldia and writer of several pop culture publications) brings us a well-written in depth look behind-the-scenes of a popular tv cultural phenomenon that was and is Sex and the City.
The HBO show, created by Darren Star, co-produced by Michael Patrick King, and inspired by Candace Bushnell’s column and persona- Carrie Bradshaw, broke new ground in television by focusing on a main cast of four single thirty-something women. The show grew and matured overtime, but stayed true to its themes of female equality, empowerment and friendship.
This book is part-history lesson on New York, the creation of the show, and the feminism movement, and part-nostalgic tribute to such an amazing show. It is also quick to point out some of the show’s shortcomings. I found this book to be both informative and delightful. While reading the book and reminiscing about the beloved show, I couldn’t help but wonder which iconic character I relate to best. I think I am a mixture of Carrie and Miranda, but I always adored Charlotte! Which SATC character do you most relate to? 🍸
There were several instances where the book discussed the choices made for specific scenes, both in terms of plot and style, where I found myself wishing I had the show playing in front of me for reference. I made several electronic highlights to these references where I intend to go back and watch these scenes again, armed this time with the information I have learned in this book.
I simply cannot say enough good things about this book and The author’s writing style. This is definitely a must read and I hope you will!
Note: I read and reviewed an electronic advanced reader’s copy of this book, but I have later come to find out the physical book includes a few photographs that my review copy did not include. I am not sure whether they are included in the current e-book or not.
*** Thanks to Simon and Schuster for gifting me an e-arc of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. ***