In my experience, there are three types of women: those who love Sex and the City, those who hate it and those who have never seen it. Which camp are you in?
My most commented post on Hello Gorgeous to date is my review of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and I thought it would be fun to write a post dedicated to another cult classic tv series. This felt especially fitting having just recently visited NYC for Fashion Week, which became so familiar to us SATC viewers through the eyes of Carrie Bradshaw.
For those of you who love SATC, I could feel your dramatic gasp over my blog post title. You’re thinking, “How on earth could you possibly hate this show?!” Then, those of you who hate it are thinking the exact opposite. If you’ve never seen it before, you’re surely wondering what all the hype is about. So, let me explain…
I’ve seen every episode (some multiple times) and both movies. There’s something satisfying about getting lost in the world of four adult women who never really have it all together, ya know? Not to mention, the shoes. Oh, for the love of the SHOES. Also, I enjoy the cast arrangement because it feels like The Golden Girls, which I love so much. But when you dig a little deeper, that’s when my love turns into hate.
I’m going to solely focus on Carrie Bradshaw’s messy, unstable, irresponsible love life. Because, if we’re being honest, her love life should be a character all on it’s own, it’s such a major part of the series. We’re introduced to Big in the pilot, so naturally he has a looming presence throughout the entire series. In all reality, the show is male obsessed, with most every storyline being about a man (sex is in the title, duh.) Big is painted as this sexy but mysterious man that Carrie just can’t shake. She’s so drawn to everything about him that she throws all caution to the wind. I understand that her addiction to Big is realistic for a lot of women. I get that need to be with someone being so severe, so overwhelming that you’ll take them any way you can get them. What I don’t understand is Carrie going back again and again and again when it was never good with Big from the beginning. Always settling to be his side chick.
My biggest disappointment of all can be summed up in one word: Aidan. Oh, Aidan. In this case, the good guy did finish last. I was so sad for him. Honestly, the cheating almost made me hate Carrie. Her total lack of regard for his heart broke mine. Aidan was so good for Carrie. So supportive, so calming and so very loving. He was everything Big wasn’t. He didn’t have Big’s money or charm, but that’s what made him so perfect for Carrie. He grounded her. But that wasn’t enough. She wanted the bad boy. Aidan was too normal for her. So she threw it all away for a man that repeatedly broke her.
Don’t even get me started on the Russian. Worst storyline and love interest ever.
We see her end up in the exact same place she began six seasons prior… With the man who never cared enough to give her any type of commitment. Oh, but he would marry the model, don’t you know. Six years later, he’s willing to date her. Six YEARS. We’re not talking high-schoolers here, folks. We’re talking about a middle aged man taking six freaking years to get it together. In those six seasons, we see her chase after him, wreck his marriage and then wreck her own engagement. We’re led to believe that this big city writer is progressive, forward-thinking and yet, she can’t do without the bad guy. The one who just kept treating her like trash. If we all followed Carrie’s example, we’d end up with the jerk who treated us like trash, just sayin’. I married my Aidan, which is probably why I feel the way I do about this character.
End rant. I’m very passionate about relationships and marriage, in case you couldn’t tell lol. Listen, I’ll always enjoy Sex and the City. I’ll still watch and re-watch old episodes and enjoy them for what they are. I’ll love every fashion moment, every shoe shopping experience and every inappropriate Samantha comment. I just can’t get down with Mr. Big. I’ll forever be an Aidan fan. And based on the second movie, so will Carrie.
I know, I know… It’s just a tv show. But it is fun to chat about with other fans. Leave your comments below and let me know: were your Team Big or Team Aidan?