If you have always loved Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big together, this is going to be hard news for you to hear (I hate to say it, but it’s fine with me — Carrie deserved better. #TeamAidan).
Candace Bushnell, the author of the Sex and the City books that inspired the TV show, said in an interview with The Guardian that she didn’t think that in the dating world we live in today Mr. Big and Carrie would have ended up together like they did at the end of the first Sex and the City movie.
“Well, I think, in real life, Carrie and Big wouldn’t have ended up together, but at that point, the TV show had gotten so big,” Bushnell said. “Viewers got invested in the storyline of Carrie and Big that it became a bit like Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. They became an iconic couple and people really related to it.”
Bushnell also added that the landscape of dating now vs. that of ithe ’90s and early 2000s may have played a role in the couple’s demise.
“You go to a bar and 90% of people are on their phones,” Bushnell said. “It’s easier for people to retreat back into themselves, whereas if you lived in a city then, you were interacting with all different kinds of people every day … when I talk to girls in their early 20s some say ‘what’s a date like?’ Twenty years ago we had to go on dates. But Tinder has pushed us up against a very harsh reality and I think younger people see themselves as commodities in the dating world.”
So apparently, if Carrie and Mr. Big were always swiping right to other people on Tinder, Big wouldn’t have ended up building Carrie the most beautiful shoe closet we have ever seen.
There is no doubt that modern dating can be kind of a bummer, so let’s all cancel our Tinder dates for tonight and instead watch Sex and the City while thinking about the better, more romantic times in Manhattan.
As for Carrie and Big, we’ll never know… Or at least we won’t know until Sex and the City 3.