Sex and the City made for a refreshing change of pace when it started back in 1998, and quickly found a place in viewers' hearts for concentrating on female friendships and never shying away from the shocker of an idea that women have sex drives too.
But perhaps echoing some fans' sentiments about the fairy-tale ending for central character Carrie Bradshaw, Darren Star, the writer-creator of the series, has now said he believes it “betrayed” the core values of the show.
In an interview for Kindle, Star, 54, said the finale wasn't actually down to him, and even went so far as to say it became “a conventional romantic comedy” – precisely what many fans loved it for not being.
“I didn’t break those last episodes,” he said, revealing it wasn't the ending he wanted for the characters. “[But] if you’re empowering other people to write and produce your show […] you’ve got to let them follow their vision.
“But I think the show ultimately betrayed what it was about, which was that women don’t ultimately find happiness from marriage. Not that they can’t. But the show initially was going off script from the romantic comedies that had come before it. That’s what had made women so attached. At the end, it became a conventional romantic comedy […] But unless you’re there to write every episode, you’re not going to get the ending you want.”
In the TV series, Carrie ends up leaving Paris to return to New York in romantic bliss with her on-off love interest Mr. Big, while Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda all also end up happy – with their respective men.
Writer Liz Tuccillo has previously admitted there was an argument in the writing room about having all of the girlfriends end up in relationships, rather than independently happy, but implied it was what the public wanted.
"All of us were arguing about it. Not just that she ends up with Big, because I think we all knew, even if we didn't want to admit it, that she was going to end up with Big. But the fact that all of the women end up with someone […] And by having every character with somebody, it means that ultimately, the show is about finding love in the big city and we're going to be optimists and say that everybody's found it.
"We could have ended it saying, ‘The show isn't about women finding love. It's about the journey of self acceptance, about being happy with yourself and being single. Also, you don't always get what you want, anyway,’ But who's gonna want to watch that?
"I'm not saying it wouldn't work with other women, with other characters. That can be a great story, a woman who chooses to go it alone. But for Carrie Bradshaw, specifically, she believes in love, and her idea of love is always with that perfect guy. Or not perfect, at all. Perfect for her."
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