Author Candace Bushnell launched a wealth of possibilities when she penned a collection of essays for the New York Observer titled "Sex and the City." The tales were based on her ever-changing sex life and those of her friends. Bushnell then took her columns and published them in a book of the same name. That's when HBO spun the stories into a television series starring Sarah Jessica Parker as super stylish journalist Carrie Bradshaw, Kim Cattrall as sexually confident Samantha Jones, Kristin Davis a hopeless romantic art dealer Charlotte Goldenblatt and Cynthia Nixon as whip-smart lawyer Miranda Hobbes. Over the course of six seasons, there were enough storylines to give a whirl to topics like femininity, promiscuity, safe sex and sexuality. Then came the jump to the big screen in not one but two movies, in 2008 and 2010. And maybe even a third. What's more, Bushnell's "Sex and the City" gave rise to a prequel series of novels based on a younger Carrie Bradshaw titled "The Carrie Diaries." The novels were then adapted into a television series on the CW of the same name. Twice as nice for Ms. Bushnell.
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