Candace Bushnell Fondly Recounts How Sex and the City Came to Life, Pre-Internet
Sex and the City ended more than 13 years ago and we still get giddy with excitement upon the mere mention of it. Candace Bushnell was the brains behind the entire thing, having written a column and book by the same name before the series came to fruition.
In an op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter, the author spilled some real facts about how the beloved HBO show came to life. "No one took writers who worked for women's magazines seriously," she revealed of her years of writing, way before she even got her own column for the New York Observer. "I'd really been doing similar pieces for years, but no one was really paying attention because they were in women's magazines." And in despite of being sold short—women still have to deal with the same thing today—Bushnell was literally having the best time and getting the best interviews and quotes when she went out to report. "It was a very exciting time," she exclaimed. "There was no internet. And that was really what the publications, in a sense, did: Go out and capture the pulse of the city." My, how things have changed!
Her editor-in-chief at the time actually came up with the Sex and the City name, with the idea of making it "one foot in sex and one foot in society." She went to a sex club for her first story—not unlike character Carrie Bradshaw—and had only been writing it for a couple of months before it became big. "They were reading it on the Hamptons Jitney, they were reading it to each other, they were faxing it," Bushnell stated of its popularity. "I'd been doing the column for maybe four months when I started to get inquiries from Hollywood. I flew out to L.A. and had meetings. I was like, "What the hell?" Clearly, they knew a major thing when they saw one.
And like Bradshaw—Bushnell was the original after all—she eventually gave up her column to pursue being a novel writer full-time. But like the blonde trendsetter, she reminisced about the fun parties and the friends she still has from that crazy time in the '90s. "There were parties and they were always good," Bushnell recalled. "This was a media world filled with people who'd known each other for years. Everyone stayed friends."
There was no mention of a third SATC film, but let's keep our fingers crossed that this isn't the last we hear about the show in general in the coming months.