New York (dpa) - Most people probably know the name Candace Bushnell from the credits of "Sex and the City". The US hit series, in which Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte search for love, sex, and adventure in New York for six seasons, is loosely based on the author's book of the same name.
And the character of the Carrie sculpted Bushnell after himself: For several years the blonde author had a column in a New York newspaper about what she and her friends experienced with men in New York, and then published the texts in 1996 as a book: Sex and the City ».
The book became a bestseller, but became even more successful and famous around the world, broadcast between 1998 and 2004, followed by two feature films starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis. Bushnell wrote meanwhile, published seven books, one of which ("The Carrie Diaries") even filmed as a series again. But all of this failed to match the success of Sex and the City. "Every fan profile of 'Sex and the City' has at least 200,000 Instagram fans and I have 20,000," Bushnell recently complained in the British Independent. "What shoud that?"
The success of her fictional characters has overwhelmed Bushnell - but now, 15 years after the last episode of "Sex and the City," the author wants to draw attention back to her page and returns with a recent US autobiographical sequel back : "Is There Still Sex in the City?" - "Is There Still Sex in the City?"
"That's the part of the story that nobody ever tells," said Bushnell, now 60 years old and divorced, Vanity Fair. "They say: 'And then they lived happily ever after.' But this is what happens after that - if that does not work out with the happy to the end of his days. What do you do then? »
The first disappointment for "Sex and the City" fans, the book already delivers on the first page, because: Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte do not occur. Bushnell introduces a new group of women, all over 50 years old, divorced and annoyed by New York, all of whom have moved to a small rural town not far from the metropolis, and are now making new experiences with men. It's about Tinder, dating in the Internet age, (much) younger and older men, beauty interventions and the problems of getting older.
All this is not as fun as "Sex and the City" - because the topics are more serious, but also because Bushnell's spelling sounds "chaste and more resigned" than before, as the New York Times puts it. The joke does not jump over, the figures remain lifeless. But maybe there will be a second chance for the material, because "Is There Still Sex in the City?" Is already being processed into a TV series.
Bushnell himself is currently experiencing a "happy ending" in private life. After her divorce, she has a new partner. The couple brought together actor Chris Noth, who loves Carrie's great love in "Sex and the City". Big »plays and Bushnell's neighbor is in New York. Her new friend is wonderful, Bushnell enthused in the Independent: "He's a Teddy-Big."
Candace Bushnell: Is There Still Sex in the City ?, 272 pages, Grove PR, 978-0802147264 (English original edition)
Website Ce Bushnell