Candace Bushnell on How Sex and the City All Began
Candace Bushnell has recalled how Sex and the City came to fruition after she secured a coveted position as a columnist for The New York Observer in 1993. Despite the "openly sexist" environment in the office, it didn't take long before her career took off.
"The way Sex and the City happened was that Peter Kaplan, who'd actually just started as editor-in-chief [of the Observer], came up to me and said, 'I want to give you your own column,''' Bushnell told The Hollywood Reporter.
"I'd really been doing similar pieces for years, but no one was really paying attention because they were in women's magazines. The difference is that being in the Observer meant that your work was going to be talked about by the so-called intelligentsia because they all read it."
Bushnell continued, "I realized if [the column] was going to be something that I was going to write all the time, I had to be able to do it really well. So I said, 'I think it should be about me and my friends, who are all single and crazy.' This was also kind of the same thing that I'd been covering in my 20s–dating and mating rituals."
She revealed that she and her editor came up with the title Sex and the City–One Foot in Sex and One Foot in Society, and she was made to go to a sex club for her very first piece.
It was after that experience that Bushnell knew it had to go deeper with "dating and mating rituals, and sexual practices," and four months in, she was contacted by various Hollywood studios.
"I flew out to LA and had meetings. I was like, 'What the hell?'" Not long after she parted ways with the Observer to write the novel from which the series is adapted.
But there was no "break-up, no dramatic moment", she went on. "In all, the column lasted two years. It absolutely could have gone on longer, but for me, I'd never seen myself as a journalist. Everything I was writing at that time was just a way to give me an entrée into writing fiction, which the column certainly did.
"Despite everything, the sexist joking and the hazing, it was
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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