Entertainment Candace Bushnell Is Still Writing Female Characters Who Make Their Own Rules

00:37  09 april  2020
00:37  09 april  2020 Source:   shondaland.com

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Candace Bushnell (born December 1, 1958) is an American author, journalist, and television producer. She wrote a column for The New York Observer (1994–96) that was adapted into the bestselling Sex and the City anthology.

Candace Bushnell , the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Sex and the City, and Katie Cotugno, New AVAILABLE NOW. From the pioneering, New York Times bestselling author who brought us Sex In Is There Still Sex in The City? Bushnell looks at love and life from all angles—marriage and

We all know Candace Bushnell as a quintessential New Yorker, having authored 10 books, including Sex and the City — before it was a hit HBO series starring Sarah Jessica Parker — that offered an examination of the Big Apple, not just as a city, but as an entity in the lives of those who live there.

a girl posing for a photo: In © Courtesy/Amber Hawkins In "Rules for Being a Girl," the "Sex and the City" author agains delivers a modern heroine, this time for the YA audience.

While Bushnell's writing has long captured a more mature readership, she's now teaming up with fellow author Katie Cotugno for a young adult novel called Rules For Being A Girl.

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Candace Bushnell : used to be a “a skinny, flat-chested kid in cat’s eye-glasses”. Being confused with her own glamorous characters is something Bushnell will admit she’s played up to Statements like these are likely to enrage the same die-hard fans who accused Bushnell of being "a traitor to

Anyways, the characters that these authors wrote were amazing. They were so real, and I could think of people I had met in my life that mirrored It's 2020, and books like this still need to be written , which makes me sad, but I am still hopeful, as I have seen things improve, though rather slowly.

The story follows Marin, a teenager who excels in her English class. But after getting to know her literature teacher, Mr. Beckett (nicknamed Bex in the book), she starts to notice some serious red flags. During their pep talks, he tells her she seems more mature than girls her age, he drives her home, and he even invites her to his place.

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Beyond being a cautionary tale, the book is really about a teen who makes her own rules, quite fearlessly. Even though she's scared, Marin exposes Mr. Beckett as a predatory teacher at her high school, Bridgewater Prep. While the authorities don't believe her at first, she continues to fight for what she knows is right, all to make sure other girls don't find themselves in a similar situation.

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Candace Bushnell recently published her ninth book "Is There Still Sex In The City?" after losing both her In her ninth book, the chronicler of pre-millennial female sophisticates on the Hit TV show Sex and Bushnell , who lost both her parents and got divorced during the last 10 years, moved to the

Develop characters who reflect your interests. You’re going to be spending a lot of time with your characters , so the fiction rule “ write what you Your characters should have skills that will allow them to function in your setting. If you’ve chosen to set your novel on the moon, then make sure your

It's a feminist message for young women that is timely right now, especially in this post-Me Too era. As the book prepares to hit shelves, Bushnell sat down with Shondaland to talk New York, Harvey Weinstein-like guys, the female writer’s ego, and the soon-to-be TV adaptation of her book, Is There Still Sex In The City?, which looks at sex and dating after 50 in New York.

NADJA SAYEJ: This book is relatable for a lot of young girls. It shows what’s appropriate and what’s not for a male teacher and a young female student. Does it come from any of your own experience?

CB: No, it’s not like, "This happened to me and it's going to be the basis for this story." It’s something Katie and I did together, working with our editor, Alessandra Balzer. I had those kinds of experiences in college. I wasn’t a boy-crazy kind of girl; I had a bunch of girlfriends and we were feminists. I didn’t pay much attention to guys in high school, but in college, it was wow.

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“How should male writers write realistic female lead characters without being sexist or pandering?” When I set out to write about female characters , I’m always interested in what goes on in their So make your female character talk and move. Have around as many female characters as you have

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NS: Do tell.

CB: I had professors who tried to kiss me — that was a regular thing. The other side of that, is you have a professor you have a crush on. This is all typical heterosexual behavior. The guys doing this are really inappropriate. I had a writing professor try to kiss me; he was always inviting me to lunch. I’d go! It was nicer than the dorms and they had real silverware! I thought, "God, is this guy going to be that obvious? No, he thinks I’m a good writer." It happens a couple of times, they push it a little bit farther. Then you realize, "Oh God, really?" My instinct was always, "You are such a freaking loser." I had them say "Don’t worry, I’m giving you an A anyway," and I thought, "Damn right you’re giving me an A — I’m the best one in this class!" But that’s just being egotistical. Women aren’t raised to be egotistical.

NS: Especially if you’re a woman writer?

CB: Especially if you’re a woman writer. These things are difficult to navigate if you’re in your 20s or 30s. I can imagine it's terrible for high schoolers to navigate. Really, what happens to Marin in the book is horrible. He tries to kiss her, tells her not to tell anyone, but the way he retaliates at the end is so real. Because that’s what men do. We see that behavior with the Harvey Weinsteins, these predatory guys. It's always that threat of, "I’m going to ruin you, ruin your career." It’s that power dynamic that is universal, whether you work in Wal-Mart or not, there are these kinds of male power plays. They’re terrible.

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Candace Bushnell : Sometimes these books are demanding to be written . These characters wanted to be born: PJ Wallis, Henry, and Sondra Beth Schnowzer. Sometimes when I was writing this book, I would feel like I was wrestling an alligator.

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NS: New York — often described as a character in your books — is going through a lot right now. Did you hear that someone can be fined (up to $500) if you don’t social distance?

CB: They have to do it. So many people don’t get social distancing — they think they are, but they’re social spreading. I have friends who tell me they got into a car with friends and they drove out to Amagansett. I thought, "What the hell are you doing?" They think because they’re going to the beach, they’re safe. No! You’re in a car, you stopped at a store. There’s a trail across the street from my house [that I walk on.] If I see someone, we need to move over. Some people get pissed off.

NS: How are you spending your days in quarantine, or is it the same old as a writer?

CB: The sad reality is that so many people’s quarantine and social distancing is my life. I do spend a ton of time alone. I didn’t always but I do now. Honestly, it wouldn’t be that unusual if I was out working in the Hamptons. I might just go see friends twice a week for dinner, that’s about it. Taking the dogs for a walk, making my own dinner, that’s it. A lot of the day-to-day life of being a writer is not interesting. You’ve just got to put it on the page.

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NS: Your character in Is There Still Sex in the City, Candace, goes through what you've called "middle-aged madness." Sounds like a good title for this book...

CB: I wanted to call my book Middle-Aged Madness, but they wouldn’t let me! I wish I could. My agent and I had a meeting. She was like, "What the hell are you even talking about?" I thought she was going to crawl under the table. You can’t have the word "middle aged" in anything, apparently. Even if it is relatable. Listen, they've got to sell those books.

NS: How is the TV adaptation of the book coming along?

CB: It’s still coming along, slowly. Hopefully it gets to a point where it tips over. Some people tell me "I’ve been working on that project for 10 years" and I think "What? I’m seriously going to be dead in 10 years."

NS: When Sex and the City first became a TV show, was it any faster?

CB: I thought that was incredibly slow, too. It was bought in 1995 or 1996, but in 1997, [producer] Darren Star wanted to go to St. Bart’s to write the script — but nothing got written. A few months later, a 22-page script showed up. The people at the network sat on it for a few months, then they said, “Sure, let's make a pilot.” We had three days to do it, then you wait for six months.

NS: Wow.

CB: I’m not kidding. Sarah Jessica Parker forgot that she shot the pilot, that’s how long it was. It was nine months, then they said, “We’re gonna make a TV show.” These things always look like a certain trajectory, that they just happened, but it doesn’t work that way. It’s a hard business to work in, but the business has opened up so much to women. In the 1980s, I was told: "Nobody wants to read a book about a single woman in New York, forget it." But it’s changing.

NS: Do you feel you made it when Sex and the City became a TV show?

CB: No, it’s the opposite. TV writers want to write books. You’re sitting in a group in a room, so it’s a very different animal. For me, TV is good because it helps bring awareness to your books. I’d rather spend my time in front of a computer than on a set of a TV show. It's not as creative as people think it is. It’s a time-consuming process, very detail orientated. That’s what writing is, too.

Nadja Sayej is an arts and culture journalist based in New York City who has written 5 books, including Biennale Bitch and The Celebrity Interview Book. Follow her on Twitter @nadjasayej.

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