The debate over Carrie Bradshaw's relationship with the frustratingly flighty Mr. Big went on for years, and now writer Candace Bushnell is saying her piece.
The author, who wrote both "Sex and the City" and the prequel "The Carrie Diaries," which The CW adapted into a series this year, told The Daily Beast that in real life, Carrie wouldn't have ended up as Mrs. Big.
"I don't know," Bushnell said. "In real life, I don't think women end up with that character, and if they do, they usually get divorced after a year."
As it turns out, Bushnell doesn't think Carrie would've held a career as a newspaper sex and dating columnist for that long, either. As a result, the sequel to 2008's "Sex and the City" - which in itself was a follow-up to the HBO series - took a different direction than Bushnell would've intended.
"I think with the second movie, Carrie Bradshaw couldn't be an ingenue anymore. But I think they were stuck doing what the audience wanted. Realistically, a middle-aged woman who was married without children would be much more focused on her career and less focused on this Mr. Big: 'Does he love me?' ... 'Does he still not love me?'" Bushnell said.
"If it were up to me, the second movie would have been Carrie Bradshaw decides to run for mayor and Samantha helps her. It would get into some real issues of what happens when you're part of a relationship and the woman is ambitious. What does that do to her relationship with Mr. Big? To me, that would be interesting. But they were not going to go there."
When it comes to "The Carrie Diaries" - which SJP has called "odd" - Bushnell takes a more defensive stance.
"It is a really good show! And interestingly, last weekend, I had a couple girlfriends over, and we were watching Sex and the City, and then we watched some Carrie Diaries. There are a lot of surprising similarities in terms of tone and the kinds of antics the characters get into. So I think they're doing a good job."