Darren Star created “Emily in Paris” and “Sex and the City”.
Both shows feature gorgeous clothes and are a love letter to New York City and Paris.
Ok. I had no idea how to start this post out so I went with obvious and boring…
I recently watched “Emily in Paris”. Apart from the mentioned clothes and scenery, the show was trite and ordinary. The reviews said as much, though it did garner just enough tweets to get a second season…Emily herself is naïve, but a generally nice person. The people surrounding her- let’s just say there is some tension in the sandbox..
SATC was wildly popular in its day- and the talk of an updated show (sans Kim Cattrall) has been the hot topic of late.
I didn’t love the show “Sex and the City”. This little tidbit makes me an outlier in certain circles. I was not glued to my TV waiting to see if Carrie ever found love- I would occasionally tune in to see shots of my city, and the clothes…but no. I was not a fan.
Why was I not a fan?
Because the women were mean to one another.
None of them were actually nice people.
So, now we have a few directions this post could go:
- Do we have to like characters in a show?
- Am I stating that “women” are supposed to be “nice” and therefore I’m stereotyping or I’m a hypocrite or something like that?
- Compounding on the post from yesterday, were the women bullies and therefore did they deserve the bad things that happened to them?
- Am I overthinking the show?
I’m not sure where I want to go with this post- So maybe today I am not doing such a good job of flirting with you- especially as I mentioned two shows that did make flirting an art…
I guess I’ll tell you about my least favorite episode- the episode that annoys me the most:
Carrie has thousands upon thousands of dollars worth of shoes. Every pair is designer.
There’s nothing wrong with this except that she’s a writer, and not a particularly well paid one.
At a point in time, she needs to buy her apartment or she will not be able to live there anymore. Rent is a real issue in this city and if you lose a sweet deal on a rent controlled apartment because the building is going co-op, you are in serious trouble. Your rent could triple or quadruple- (pre-pandemic of course…)
Carrie asks Charlotte to sell her engagement ring so that she can use the cash as a down payment on the apartment.
When Charlotte balks at the idea, Carrie gets mad at her.
So let’s think about this:
Women spends all money she has on shoes. She is left with no savings. Then she gets mad because her friend won’t lend her the money…
Do you want to be like Carrie?
Do you want to be friends with Carrie?
These are all the things I think about when I think about SATC. I don’t want to be like any of the characters. I wouldn’t want to be friends with any of the characters…
Yet I wonder how lifelike are these fictional characters, considering that one of the Actors has chosen not to appear in the new version…
Are women often mean to one another?
Do we expect our friends to help us out “no matter what”?
Is this show a real representation of female friendship? (If so- I have clearly been doing the friend thing wrong because my female friendships are awesome and life affirming and we may occasionally annoy each other but the love is evident in every text)
Emily (Paris) is basically a nice person- she screws up, but in a lighthearted oops sort of way. Carrie is a bit more calculated…
Which heroine would you rather see?
Is there allure to a character who is not so nice?
What kind of hero/heroine do you want to watch on TV or read about in a book?
Do you want things that echo your life, or do you want things that show you something far different than how you live?
Do you want to be like one of these characters? Or do you just want the wardrobe?