Friday, January 25, 2013

Watching The Carrie Diaries is like reading, right?

Like any aspiring writer, I spend a lot of time researching. Reading books on craft. Checking out self-editing books. And, of course, reading tons of fiction. And since I write YA I must also research "the youths." I'm always looking for great YA reads. Just finished Ready Player One, and it's one I definitely recommend.

As a devoted follower of Sex and the City and fan of solid works of YA, I was drawn to Candace Bushnell's The Carrie Diaries back in 2010. Then, like most things on my to-do list, I didn't do it. How convenient that they have now turned it into a TV show!

Because, somehow, in my head watching an entire year of TV takes less time than reading a 400-page novel.

I lie to myself everyday.

Anyway. Tonight, I watched the first two episodes of the show. I liked seeing AnnaSophia Robb in the lead role. I've been picturing her as one of the characters in Power Trio since seeing her in the Race to Witch Mountain reboot. I was surprised to see Knives Chau from Scott Pilgrim is still in high school- someone should get that girl a tutor. But, did anyone else watching notice that some of the cast strangely resemble other actors?

I took me a full 60 minutes before I realized that Austin Butler wasn't Chord Overstreet.
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Austin Butler (Sebastian in The Carrie Diaries) and Chord Overstreet (Sam in Glee)

And another 15 before I figured out that Katie Findlay wasn't Madeline Zima.
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Katie Findlay (Maggie in The Carrie Diaries) and Madeline Zima (Mia in Californication)
And now I'm thinking my relentless TV and movie watching might be the reason Power Trio has lain dormant for the better part of a year. Time to enact some no-tech nights.

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